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.
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
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.