Super Nintendo World opening delayed by Japan’s virus outbreak

The opening of Nintendo’s first theme park has been delayed due to rising coronavirus cases in Japan.

Super Nintendo World, modelled on levels of the company’s Mario games, was due to open on February 4. But Japan expanded its state of emergency until at least February 7, beyond Tokyo to include Osaka prefecture, where the park is located.

The opening, at Universal Studios Japan, had already been postponed from mid-2020 because of the pandemic. In December, Nintendo posted a video tour of the park, starring Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, among others.

It is not the first theme park to suffer problems during the pandemic – the shuttered Disneyland theme park in California is set to become a large-scale vaccination center.

The state of emergency in Japan, which has so far avoided the types of lockdowns seen in the UK and other European nations, prohibits non-essential trips outside the home.

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