Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World Opening Delayed Indefinitely in Japan

IGN points us to an article from NHK World-Japan, the international arm of a major Japanese public broadcaster, which reports that Universal Studios Japan plans to postpone its Super Nintendo World opening at the company’s theme park in Osaka for an indefinite amount of time. But in late March, the Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021, removing some of the perceived urgency for the new land to open in that window. But Universal Studios Japan knows that the land, the first theme park to heavily feature popular characters like Mario and Yoshi, will draw lots of new visitors, and since Japan has handled the pandemic far better than the United States, science and common sense is winning out over economics. The initial plans were to have the park open in time for the Tokyo Olympics, which were supposed to kick off on July 24, 2020. The new land, which has been in the works for years, was originally going to open next month, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seemingly put those plans on hold. The park will feature a Mario Kart ride, wearable tech, augmented reality binoculars, and more. After shutting down in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, Universal Studios Japan reopened its main park on June 8 to visitors from the local   Kansai area, and essentially cut its daily visitor numbers in half. Construction of Super Nintendo World, including the attractions and restaurants, evidently cost around $560 million and is reportedly almost complete. The company doesn’t have a potential timetable in place yet for the opening of Super Nintendo World, and that new land is also supposed to be coming to parks at Universal’s Epic Universe in Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Singapore – but no firm timetables are in place for those openings, either, and we have to imagine that the pandemic will also result in delays to the company’s early plans for them. Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2020 by Ben Pearson

We’ve been waiting for this news to break since the middle of March, but now it’s finally happened: a new report says Universal Studios Japan is delaying the opening of its new   Super Nintendo World   indefinitely.