It has been confirmed that the opening of Super Nintendo World has been postponed until further notice. The theme park that is inspired by levels within Super Mario games was set to open next month, having previously been delayed already.
Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan have been sharing plenty of what would be patrons can anticipate from Super Nintendo World. In a recently concluded Nintendo Direct held last month, a full video was released featuring the new theme park in all of its Mushroom Kingdom glory. As visitors walk on the iconic green Mario warp pipe that leads visitors into the lobby of Peach’s Castle, the theme park then opens up to show off its lively and Goomba-filled attractions.
Sadly, the opening of Super Nintendo World has been postponed yet again. In response to the ongoing global pandemic and the state of emergency that has been declared over the Osaka Prefecture, Universal Studios Japan released a press release a few hours ago that, when translated from its original Japanese, reveals that they are delaying the opening of Super Nintendo World again after “careful consideration of the current situation.”
Universal Studios Japan goes on to “apologize to all guests and stakeholders who are anxious about the opening of Super Nintendo World.” A new opening date has not been stated within the press release, as the heads at Universal Studios Japan are waiting until after the state of emergency has been removed before making any further decisions.
While this news is absolutely frustrating, it is certainly the right thing to do provided the events that are developing in the world right now. For fans still craving to get their Nintendo fix, however, the latest Mario Switch game Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is scheduled to be launched next month.
This is part of Nintendo’s ongoing 35th-anniversary festivities for Mario and his peers, 2021 also marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda franchise, with many hopes and leaks hinting at another game being launched at some point in the next twelve months.
The spread of the coronavirus has affected everyone in one way or another. While this recent news will come as a massive disappointment to fans, it certainly does not come as much of a surprise. Hopefully, for all involved with Super Nintendo World, it will be a “third time’s a charm” situation with the video game-themed amusement park.