Due to the state of emergency for Osaka prefecture that was issued yesterday, the resort has chose to temporarily postpone the grand opening of the immersive new land. Yesterday saw Osaka - alongside 10 other prefectures of Japan - placed into a state of emergency following a surge of COVID-19 infections, which has halted Universal Studios' plans to open the gates on February 4.
I've talked about my excitement for the opening of Super Nintendo World over at Universal Studios Japan even if I knew I wouldn't be able to see it in person. Like most things that have been delayed over the course of the past year, we have the COVID-19 pandemic to thank for this one as well.
The Japanese government extended the state of emergency declaration to a total of 11 prefectures on Wednesday, after initially declaring a state of emergency in four prefectures in the Tokyo area on January 8. By subscribing, you can help us get the story right. The opening of "World" will be postponed after the state of emergency is lifted.
The facility was due to open Feb. 4 after its opening was postponed due to the pandemic. | BLOOMBERG
As of now, there's no word on when the state of emergency might be lifted, but these latest restrictions are said to cover about 55% of Japan's population.
We sincerely apologize to all the guests and stakeholders who are looking forward to the opening of "Super Nintendo World" for their concern.