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After successfully operating for a month, Super Nintendo World is going to hit the pause button for accepting new visitors. Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, Japan issued state of emergency orders for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures today (according to NHK). Universal Studios Japan, home to Super Nintendo World, is located in Osaka and is complying with these new orders by shutting down the park starting on Sunday, April 25th.

The following statement was published on the official Universal Studios Japan website in English:


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. The temporary closure will start from April 25th, 2021 and remain until the request has been lifted.

We sincerely apologize for causing any inconvenience to our guests who were looking forward to visiting us. Detailed instructions regarding previously purchased tickets will be listed on our official website tonight.

Universal Studios Japan Official Website:

We will announce the re-opening date once decided

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


This isn’t the first delay or closure for the park and Super Nintendo World since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. We’ll continue to follow this story and report when Universal Studios Japan announces its reopening. 


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)