Are the cacti at Super Nintendo World accidentally based off designs in the Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii fan mod?
The above image shows off one of the cacti found in Universal Studios Japan's Super Nintendo World. Just looks like a standard Mario-related cactus, right? Turns out that might not be the case.
This image might look like it's from New Super Mario Bros. Wii at first glance, but it's actually from Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii, a fan-mod of the Wii game with new content. Among the new content is a new cactus design. That cactus seems to be exactly the same as the one at Super Nintendo World, albeit with a different color flower. That said, there are cacti at Super Nintendo World that have the pink flower as well.
When you look up 'New Super Mario Bros. Wii cactus,' your first results were actually from Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii. Is it possible the team crafting these props for Super Nintendo World accidentally used the mod as a reference, thinking the still was from the official game? It certainly looks that way!