Mario can’t beat state of emergency, Super Nintendo World theme park opening delayed again

Thank you Mario! But Universal Studios Japan’s expansion opening date is in another time period.

From the beginning, the timetable for the opening of Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Japan’s video game-themed expansion, was a little hazy. At first, it was supposed to open in “Summer 2020,” but then the pandemic hit, wiping away those plans and forcing Super Nintendo World’s opening to be postponed. In late November, though, USJ announced February 4 as the grand opening date for Super Nintendo World to the Mario-loving public, and we we finally had an exact day to mark on our calendars!

Um…we hope everyone marked their calendars in pencil, because it’s time to get out those erasers. USJ has just issued a statement saying that Super Nintendo World’s opening is being delayed again.

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The reason, as usual, is the coronavirus, which is basically the Bowser-style recurring villain of 2020/2021 at this point. With Japan seeing its largest spike in infections since the pandemic started, on Wednesday the central government declared a state of emergency for Osaka Prefecture (where Universal Studios Japan is located), following earlier declarations for Tokyo and the neighboring prefecture of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba. Also included in the expanded declaration are Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Gifu, and Tochigi.

Universal Studios Japan is not being forced to cease operations entirely, but in its statement the park says that it will be complying with government guidelines by severely limiting admission to the facility. Ostensibly, that would suggest that USJ could let guests into the Super Nintendo World area, but with the incredibly high level of anticipation for the expansion, it’s not unlikely that guests would densely cluster in that area. Conversely, it could also be that after so much build-up for Super Nintendo World, USJ …continue reading