Japan’s Super Nintendo World opening delayed due to COVID-19

Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World amusement park was set to open on Feb. 4. However on Thursday, the business revealed strategies to hold off the opening, due to a COVID-19 spike and “emergency declaration” in the Osaka Prefecture. The park will now open sometime after Feb. 4, when the state of emergency is no longer in effect. Due to the nature of the pandemic, it’s entirely unclear when that will be.

This postponement comes less than a month after Nintendo devoted an entire Direct to the new theme park. Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan have spent the last year teasing fans about the park, revealing its fantastic looking food as well as its Mario Kart-themed ride, Koopa’s Challenge.

Universal Studios will eventually open a version of Super Nintendo World in both Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando. The business hasn’t provided a timeline for these growths and most likely won’t till the Universal Studios Japan variation formally opens.

It’s been a difficult year for amusement park, as COVID-19 has actually shown it too hazardous to fairly check out. However at some point — ideally quicker instead of later on — the world will open back up once again and we can lastly get our hands on that Mario pancake sandwich.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.