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Super Nintendo World opening postponed amid COVID-19 spike

Super Nintendo World opening postponed amid COVID-19 spike

Hit the brakes on that Mario Kart.

Universal Studios Japan has postponed the opening of its Super Nintendo World theme park amid a regional spike in coronavirus infections.

The video game-themed attraction was supposed to welcome its first public guests on Feb. 4, but Universal announced the delay after officials issued a state of emergency for the prefecture of Osaka, where the park is located.

“We sincerely apologize to all the guests and stakeholders who are looking forward to the opening of ‘Super Nintendo World’ for their concern,” Universal said in a statement Thursday. “The opening date will be decided and announced after the state of emergency is lifted.”

The emergency declaration allows local officials to impose restrictions on businesses and movement in hard-hit parts of Japan, where COVID-19 has infected more than 310,000 people and killed more than 4,100, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Mario perfroms during the new attraction 'Super Nintendo World' area groundbreaking ceremony at the Universal Studios Japan on June 8, 2017 in Osaka, Japan.
Mario perfroms during the new attraction ‘Super Nintendo World’ area groundbreaking ceremony at the Universal Studios Japan on June 8, 2017 in Osaka, Japan.The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Imag

Super Nintendo World was supposed to open as part of the Universal Studios Japan complex ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the plans were pushed back after the coronavirus forced officials to postpone the games.

The park is largely inspired by Nintendo’s iconic “Super Mario” series and will feature Mario Kart and Yoshi-themed rides when it finally opens.

With Post wires

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