We kind of figured this news was coming, but it's official today as Super Nintendo World will not be opening in 2020. In case you weren't already aware, this is going to be a Nintendo-themed park that will be part of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka that was going to be a part of the 2020 Olympic Games. The Olympics were already put on hold due to COVID-19, but it looked like the park was going to be opening up this year anyway whether the Games happened or not. Now that's all changes, according to NHK-World Japan, who are reporting that the park's opening has been postponed indefinitely.
Construction of the new theme area, including attractions and restaurants, is almost complete at the USJ site in Osaka's Konohana Ward. The operator of the park initially planned to open it in late July. But the company says the schedule will have to be changed as the new attraction is likely to boost the number of visitors. Such an increase is in conflict with the top priority in the epidemic of avoiding crowded places and close-contact settings. The company says at this moment, it is still unsure when it can open the new area. The operator invested about 560 million dollars in the construction. The company reopened the theme park itself on June 8 by only welcoming visitors from the local Kansai area and effectively limiting their number to about half of the usual figure.
While the setback is depressing, it's not like anyone is going to be going to the park in droves anytime soon. Japan is still dealing with COVID-19, and while their numbers have been decreasing, there' nowhere near being able to reopen their country entirely. We'll see when Super Nintendo World gets a new reopening date, but we're guessing that won't be until 2021.