The opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan was delayed back in June. But the delays evidently don’t stop there, according to NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando (via Nintendo Wire). It reports that Universal parent company Comcast has placed plans for a Universal Studios Orlando park expansion called the “Epic Universe” on indefinite delay. Super Nintendo World was to be contained within the Epic Universe. Now, when or if plans for park construction will resume is unclear. The park expansion was originally intended to open in 2023.
Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal, elaborated, “We are continually adjusting our cost base and capital, including pausing development of our Epic Universe project in Florida, for example, until the future becomes more certain.” That phrasing makes it sound like construction will resume, but when remains to be seen.
Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic is at the root of the delays, for various reasons. But pandemic or not, fans across the east coast of the United States have really been looking forward to the opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Orlando. Such a park would be a dream come true for lifelong fans. That dream, and the Epic Universe in general, will just have to wait a little longer.
However, Super Nintendo World plans at Universal Studios Hollywood seem to be continuing unfettered, with pre-pandemic forecasts targeting a 2021-2022 opening date.