After several delays due to COVID-19, the Super Nintendo World area of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has finally opened its door to the general public. Nintendo shared details and photographs of the grand opening.
The grand opening ceremony took place earlier today at around 7:20 a.m. JST, with Shigeru Miyamoto and USJ CEO J.L. Bonnier in attendance. Special guests included Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and crew members from the park in their new work uniforms.
After a countdown, a “We are Mario!” chant, and a few Super Mario poses, the Super Nintendo World area of Universal Studios Japan was officially open for business.
The entrance that leads to the new area is made to look like Warp Pipes from Mario games. So if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to go through a Warp Pipe, just hit up the park to find out. Once the guests made their way into the park through Peach’s Castle, they were greeted by Mario and Luigi before buggering off to check out the rest of the park. For now, you can check out more photos from the grand opening at the official Nintendo website.
USJ will continue taking measures to prevent the spread of infections. That begins with taking the temperature of guests before entering and maintaining social distancing protocols. Guests must wear their masks at all times and keep their hands clean. Furthermore, the park has a limit of 10,000 people and a numbered ticketing system.
Super Nintendo World will eventually arrive in other Universal Studios locations, starting with Universal Studios Orlando in early 2025. Universal Studios Hollywood is also getting the Super Nintendo World area, but it still doesn’t have an ETA for when it will open.