After several delays and pushbacks, the first Super Nintendo World park opened in Osaka, Japan. Despite the fact that the pandemic is still a real threat, the situation was deemed safe enough for the park to operate at a limited capacity. However, that run was short-lived. As COID-19 cases have gone up, the city of Osaka has gone into a state of emergency, which forced Super Nintendo World to close its doors until further notice.
The news about Super Nintendo World Japan’s temporary closure was shared on the Universal Studios Japan website. The park will close on April 25 and will remain shut down for the foreseeable future.
With many expected to visit the park in the coming weeks, Universal also issued a statement about those who already made arrangements to attend Super Nintendo World. “We sincerely apologize for causing any inconvenience to our guests who were looking forward to visiting us. Detailed instructions regarding previously purchased tickets will be listed on our official website tonight.”
The COVID-19 pandemic led to Universal Studios Japan closing down for a large portion of 2020. It also slowed construction on the park, which pushed the grand opening from its original 2020 window. The opening of the park was delayed yet again as concerts surrounding the pandemic were still very much real. Now, the pandemic has once again thrown the future of Super Nintendo World into question.
Though the park is now closed, past attendees and Shigeru Miyamoto himself have given us a good look at all of the games and attractions that visitors can experience. Bookmark Shacknews’ Super Nintendo World topic page for more on the park in Japan, as well as the ones currently being constructed around the world.