Universal Studios Japan has announced that Super Nintendo World will not open as planned next month. Osaka Park’s Nintendo-themed zone was scheduled to open on February 4, as its launch began late last year, but Osaka will be held until at least February 7 as a declaration of emergency tomorrow, no longer to happen is. The USJ says it will announce a new start date after the state of emergency is lifted.
A state of emergency in Japan was initially issued for Tokyo and its surrounding areas, but yesterday the order was expanded to cover a total of 11 provinces, Osaka included. Countermeasures are not particularly strong compared to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions – people are discouraged from making non-essential trips outside, and establishments such as restaurants and movie theaters are asked to close earlier in the evening – but This is clearly still not the ideal time to open a theme park.
The Super Nintendo World is an important project for Nintendo, representing the most ambitious effort to expand its IP into new business opportunities. The park was initially scheduled to open for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which itself is in serious doubt. When it finally opens, it will feature attractions like the AR-powered one. Mario Kart Roller coaster.