Universal Studios Japan has announced that Super Nintendo World will not be opening next month as prepared. The Nintendo-themed zone of the Osaka park was expected to open on February 4th after its launch was postponed from last year, but with Osaka being positioned under a state of emergency statement yesterday up until at least February 7th, that’s no longer going to occur. USJ states it will announce a new opening date once the state of emergency has been raised.
The state of emergency situation in Japan was at first issued for Tokyo and its surrounding locations, but yesterday the order was broadened to cover an overall of 11 prefectures, Osaka consisted of. The countermeasures aren’t particularly strong compared to COVID-19 lockdown constraints in other places– people are dissuaded from making non-essential journeys outside, and facilities like restaurants and cinema are asked to close earlier in the night– but it clearly still is not the perfect time to open a theme park.
Super Nintendo World is an important task for Nintendo, representing the most ambitious attempt yet to broaden its IP into new service chances. The park was at first set to open in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which themselves remain in major doubt. When it does eventually open, it’ll include attractions like an AR-powered Mario Kart rollercoaster.