It’s been a long time coming, but now the first Super Nintendo World theme park has an official opening date. The amusement park, located at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, was already supposed to be open, but of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has played a role in delaying the opening date on multiple occasions.
At one point, the Super Nintendo World was scheduled to open on February 4, but the opening date was postponed due to a new round of lockdown orders following an increase in coronavirus cases in Japan. As Japan’s Nintendo announced on Twitter today, the new opening date for Super Nintendo World is Thursday, March 18th.
This is the first of a number of planned Super Nintendo World parks slated to open around the world. Nintendo and Universal plan to open parks in Singapore, Hollywood and Orlando in the future, with Osaka Park operating as a pilot.
Unfortunately, it might wait a while for us here in the US before Super Nintendo World opens at the neck of the jungle. Last week, we heard reports that the opening of Super Nintendo World Orlando was delayed until early 2025 – four years from now. As you’d expect last year, Universal has apparently halted construction in the park due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has only recently restarted construction.
So, for now at least, those here in the US will have to watch the Super Nintendo World from afar and see what our friends in Japan think about it when it opens next week. Back in December, Super Nintendo World was the subject of Nintendo Direct, so if you’ve been wondering why all the fuss is, it might be worth a watch while we await more news on upcoming parks.