Opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan postponed

The grand opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Universal Studios Japan has announced it will delay the official opening of Super Nintendo World following the declaration of a State of Emergency in Osaka Prefecture

The new $580 million theme park was set to open officially on February 4th following a soft opening for a limited number of guests. This has now been delayed indefinitely. “We sincerely apologize to all the guests and stakeholders who were looking forward to the opening,” Universal says in a statement issued today. “The opening date will be decided and announced after the “state of emergency” is lifted.”

The park says it is cooperating with national and local governments and will limit the number of visitors from January 17th to February 7th. Once agreed limits are reached, no more tickets will be sold and passes will be suspended for the same period. Refunds are available.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our guests, but we appreciate your understanding and cooperation,” concludes the statement.

The Japanese government is trying to prevent a surge of new coronavirus infections, following a rapid increase in cases. It has expanded its state of emergency which initially only covered the Tokyo region to include seven prefectures, including Osaka. However so far Japan has not implemented a full lockdown (as parts of Europe are experiencing) for fear of sending the economy into reverse so soon after it emerged from recession.

Interactive expectations

Expectations were running high for the launch following a string of teasers, showing glimpses of the richly themed world. Highlights include the world’s first interactive Mario Kart dark ride, which incorporates AR elements and projection mapping.

Super Nintendo World revealed the extent of the land, its attractions, F&B and merchandising in its new website launched earlier this month.

The website is highly interactive with visitors scrolling through the homepage to discover various areas of the land.

The park has a host of interactive elements, including collecting key coins for an opportunity to battle with Bowser Jr. Guests will wear a Power-Up wristband, with designs based on Nintendo characters.