We’ve been anticipating Nintendo’s big theme park opening for some time now, maybe as a bit of an escape. Sadly for us, and even more so for fans in Japan, COVID-19 has tightened its grip once again. Due to rising cases in the nation, including the park’s city of Osaka, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is being delayed again.
The park launch was supposed to be right around the corner at Feb. 4, but now it’s all up in the air. Takashi Mochizuki, a tech reporter at Bloomberg, has shared a statement from Universal Studios Japan on the Super Nintendo World delay. It’s in Japanese of course, but there doesn’t appear to be any indication of when the park will open now.
USJ announced it is postponing opening of Super Nintendo World from previoulsy-announced Feb. 4 due to ongoing Covid-19 situation. Sad, but right call. pic.twitter.com/jJg6B6vSLP
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) January 14, 2021
It was only around a month ago that Shigeru Miyamoto himself was guiding us around the park, showing us all it had to offer. It appeared special to him — and indeed to us — and we’re hugely disappointed the opening can’t go ahead as Nintendo desired. Of course it’s totally understandable, as the ongoing pandemic has changed the world over the past year.
Until the delay resolves, we’ll have to stick with the virtual tour of Super Nintendo World in Japan, which offers up a glimpse of the park online (and an accidentally stolen fan asset). Hopefully a new opening date comes soon, as well as updates on other Super Nintendo World locations around the globe.