Universal Studios Japan delays Nintendo theme park opening amid COVID-19 spike

Universal Studios Japan delays Nintendo theme park opening amid COVID-19 spike

Hit
the
brakes
on
that
Mario
Kart.

Universal
Studios
Japan
has
postponed
the
opening
of
its

Super
Nintendo
World
theme
park

amid
a
regional
spike
in
coronavirus
infections.

The
video
game-themed
attraction
was
supposed
to
welcome
its
first
public
guests
on
Feb.
4,
but
Universal
announced
the
delay
after
officials
issued
a
state
of
emergency
for
the
prefecture
of
Osaka,
where
the
park
is
located.

“We
sincerely
apologize
to
all
the
guests
and
stakeholders
who
are
looking
forward
to
the
opening
of
‘Super
Nintendo
World’
for
their
concern,”

Universal
said
in
a
statement
Thursday
.
“The
opening
date
will
be
decided
and
announced
after
the
state
of
emergency
is
lifted.”

The

emergency
declaration

allows
local
officials
to
impose
restrictions
on
businesses
and
movement
in
hard-hit
parts
of
Japan,
where
COVID-19
has
infected
more
than
310,000
people
and
killed
more
than
4,100,
according
to

Johns
Hopkins
University
data
.


Mario perfroms during the new attraction 'Super Nintendo World' area groundbreaking ceremony at the Universal Studios Japan on June 8, 2017 in Osaka, Japan.

Mario
perfroms
during
the
new
attraction
‘Super
Nintendo
World’
area
groundbreaking
ceremony
at
the
Universal
Studios
Japan
on
June
8,
2017
in
Osaka,
Japan.
The
Asahi
Shimbun
via
Getty
Imag

Super
Nintendo
World
was
supposed
to
open
as
part
of
the
Universal
Studios
Japan
complex
ahead
of
the
2020
Tokyo
Olympics,
but
the
plans
were
pushed
back
after
the
coronavirus forced
officials
to
postpone
the
games
.

The
park
is
largely
inspired
by
Nintendo’s
iconic
“Super
Mario”
series
and
will
feature
Mario
Kart
and
Yoshi-themed
rides
when
it
finally
opens.


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