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Super Nintendo World's Opening Postponed

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Universal Studios Japan will postpone the opening of its much-anticipated Super Nintendo World theme park due to a surge in coronavirus cases. | BLOOMBERG

It's time to hit the reset button.

The Japanese government is planning a new state of emergency due to the pandemic, and as a result, Universal Studios Japan sent out a message saying that the opening of Super Nintendo World would be postponed until the state of emergency is lifted.

The delay of the February 4 opening of Super Nintendo World was announced a day after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga widened a state of emergency to cover Osaka and six other prefectures due to a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases beyond the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, theme parks across the world have had to close, alter plans, and in some cases, close all over again.

Japan this week expanded its state of emergency beyond the Tokyo region to encompass the country's other main economic hubs including Osaka, as it battles to contain a record surge in infections. Super Nintendo aired a special presentation last month with Shigeru Miyamoto explaining different parts of the world, but it looks like there will still be a long wait to see them in real life.

The facility was due to open Feb. 4 after its opening was postponed due to the pandemic. | BLOOMBERG
The facility was due to open Feb. 4 after its opening was postponed due to the pandemic. | BLOOMBERG

Nintendo's long-awaited foray into amusement parks was originally set to open in July 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

A statue of Super Mario Kart character Bowser is pictured at a theme park in Osaka, Japan, on November 30 past year.

Among the park's numerous attractions are a Mario Kart roller coaster and Yoshi's Adventure. Disneyland's Avengers Campus was supposed to open last summer, but the theme park closure struck only a couple days after the grand opening date was announced.

A total of 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and three neighboring ones that came under the state of emergency last week, will remain under the measure through February 7.

© Provided by New York Daily News Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan.

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