to postpone the opening of Super Nintendo World indefinitely. Park management had warned in May that a delay was possible, and now the newspaper says that it is confirmed. (Note that Universal Studios Japan has yet to post a notice on its own websites.)Japan's largest financial newspaper is reporting that Universal Studios Japan has decided
Super Nintendo World was slated to open this summer in advance of the Tokyo Olympics. But those games have been delayed now until 2021, so I suppose that Universal has an extra year to meet that deadline. Construction seems to be moving along well for the new land, but the bigger issue forcing a delay is Covid-19, which has forced Japan to restrict or prohibit entry by international visitors as well as forced businesses, including theme parks, to sharply limit capacity to support safe social distancing.
It's hard to imagine that Universal would debut a project as important to the entire company as Super Nintendo World while Universal officials in the United States cannot travel to Japan. Or to debut when the project would have to open in some modified form, due to the high level of touch-based interactivity that Universal Creative has designed into the land.
If archrival Disney created projects such as Cars Land, Pandora - The World of Avatar, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to show that it could design works equal to or better than Universal's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands, then Super Nintendo World is Universal's counter to that response — the latest escalation pushing standards higher in themed entertainment design. After all the work that Universal has done to create the new standard for "world's greatest theme park land," it's not about to half-ass its opening.
Nikkei reported that the land could open as early as this fall, but might be pushed into 2021. But, as with pretty much everything affected by this pandemic, there's little use in trying to guess a date at this point. As always, stay tuned.Tweet
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