L-R: Luigi, Super Mario series creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and Mario, posing at Universal Studios Japan’s upcoming Super Nintendo World theme park in Osaka. [credit:
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The highly anticipated Super Nintendo World section of Universal Studios Japan will be temporarily closing a little more than a month after its delayed opening, along with the rest of the park, due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in Osaka.
“Today, Universal Studios Japan has decided to temporarily close our park due to the substantial business shutdown request to operate with no spectators which was issued under the state of emergency for Osaka prefecture,” reads a note on the Universal Studios Japan website.
The closure comes just weeks after Universal Studios Japan was forced to limit visitor numbers amid rising case rates in Osaka. Universal Studios Japan was previously closed for COVID from February 29 through June 7 of last year. The latest closure will be effective April 25 and will last “until the request has been lifted.”