Universal Studios Japan has announced that Super Nintendo World will not open next month as scheduled. The Nintendo-themed Osaka Park area was supposed to open on February 4 after its launch was delayed from last year, but with Osaka being placed under a state of emergency declaration yesterday at least as of February 7, this will no longer happen. The USJ announces that it will announce a new opening date once the state of emergency is lifted.
A state of emergency in Japan was initially declared for Tokyo and the surrounding area, but yesterday the order was extended to cover a total of 11 prefectures, including Osaka. The countermeasures aren’t particularly strong compared to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions elsewhere – people are discouraged from taking non-essential trips outside, and establishments like restaurants and cinemas are urged to close earlier in the evening – but it’s obviously still not the perfect time to open a theme park.
Super Nintendo World is an important project for Nintendo, representing the most ambitious attempt to date to extend its intellectual property to new business opportunities. The park was originally slated to open in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which themselves remain in doubt. When it finally opens, it will feature attractions like an AR Mario kart Russian mountains.