- Super Nintendo World in Japan is finally set to open March 18, Nintendo announced.
- The park was originally supposed to open last summer but was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Visitor numbers will be limited and people will have to wear masks, Engadget reports.
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Japan’s huge new Nintendo-centered theme-park area, Super Nintendo World, is finally set to open its doors this month after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Nintendo announced Monday that the park, located inside Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, was scheduled to open March 18.
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The park was originally meant to open last summer ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but this timeline was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. It then set an opening date of February, but this also got postponed after Osaka declared a state of emergency because of high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Engadget reports that the park is set to take only a limited number of visitors at a time and require them to wear masks.
In a presentation given in January 2020, executives said the park would resemble a “life-size, living video game.”
They also said visitors would be given special “Power-Up Bands” – wearable wrist bands that would let visitors collect coins and compete with one another via an app on their phones.
Bloomberg reported that the park would feature locations from the Mario video game franchise, including the Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, and Bowser’s Fortress.
Nintendo said back in 2017 that there would be an attraction based on Mario Kart.