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Orlando’s Super Nintendo World was delayed until 2025

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When AN last reported on Super Nintendo World, the subsidiary of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka was preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and promised Olympic tourists the opportunity to roam a park that was modeled on an open-world Mario game . Obviously, that didn’t happen; Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Olympic Organizing Committee to postpone the games to July 2021 (and they are not allowed to allow foreign visitors), but Japan’s Super Nintendo World is still not fully open to the public.

The bad news has now spread across the states. As the Orlando Sentinel first reported, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced today that Super Nintendo World, slated for Orlando, Florida, is slated to open in 2025 instead of the originally planned date of 2023, including Super Nintendo World, hotels , Shops and an entertainment district and other amenities on a 750-acre campus disrupted in July 2020 due to the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, Demings stated that work would start again soon.

A screenshot from the Nintendo Direct broadcast on December 18, 2020 shows that Super Nintendo World is very close (and in a nutshell) to the aesthetics of several Mario games in terms of architecture. (Courtesy of Nintendo)

Universal followed Demings’ comments with a blog post promising construction “will resume immediately, but it is expected to take a few months for Universal to reach full headcount for the project and its supplier and contractor teams.” reassembled “. The company indicated that when completed, the multi-billion dollar project would create 14,000 new permanent jobs in central Florida, as well as the thousands of construction contracts required to make Epic Universe a reality.

Universal Parks & Resorts is also building a third Super Nintendo world at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is still under construction. Although the colorful skin of the Mushroom Kingdom is being applied to steel scaffolding, an opening date has not yet been announced.

The Super Nintendo World in Osaka is still in “soft launch” mode until the city’s emergency lockdown is lifted (which will only be the case when COVID rates fall). For park visitors in the US who are currently unable to travel abroad, a Nintendo Direct broadcast was made available in December 2020 with a full tour of the park led by “Mario’s father” Shigeru Miyamoto. Once the US locations are open, they should work closely with their Japanese counterparts, and visitors can enjoy Mushroom Kingdom-themed food and drink (served by a chef Toad), roller coasters, a Mario Kart ride, and a Yoshi ride. Themed adventures, all in a park environment that integrates augmented reality throughout.

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