Super Nintendo World was scheduled to open at Universal Studios Japan in just a few weeks, but the continuing threat of the COVID pandemic has forced plans to change. The theme park opening has been delayed indefinitely, so you’ll have to wait to hang out with Mario and eat mushroom-flavored popcorn.
“After careful consideration of all aspects of the current situation, Universal Studios Japan will postpone the grand opening of its new Super Nintendo World until the state of emergency for Osaka prefecture, issued yesterday, is lifted,” Universal Studios said in a statement.
The park added that it will announce the new opening date once the state of emergency is lifted, but when it will be remains to be seen. Osaka is experiencing one of the largest spikes in new infections in the entire country.
Last month, “Mario’s dad” Shigeru Miyamoto took us on a virtual tour of the park, showing off some of his Easter eggs and attractions, as well as the restaurant. By wearing a special bracelet, he will be able to physically hit “?” blocks to earn coins, and there are other secrets hidden in the nooks and crannies of the park.
The rides include an AR-enabled Mario Kart race, and you’ll even see Super Mario 64 paintings on some of the walls. Just don’t try to jump on them as you will hurt yourself.