Super Nintendo World’s not had a brilliant start. The Japanese park’s opening got delayed back in January, and though we knew it would be sometime before the United States parks opened, we didn’t know how long we’d be waiting. As it turns out, Orlando’s Super Nintendo World – part of the wider Epic Universe park – won’t be opening for another four years.
Construction had previously been delayed due to Covid-19, pushing back the planned 2023 opening into 2024. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has advised that Universal are now planning to finish the upcoming theme park by 2025.
Releasing a statement soon after, Universal didn’t confirm this specific timeframe, instead stating:
Work is resuming on Universal Orlando Resort’s Epic Universe, the widely anticipated theme park that will create an entirely new level of theme park entertainment. Work on Epic Universe paused in July 2020, as the company adjusted plans in the midst of the pandemic. The restart will begin immediately, but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal restaffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.
No matter how you cut it, Nintendo fans in the U.S. have a long wait ahead of them. There’s no word on when the planned Super Nintendo World will open for California either, though we’d expect this is likely on a similar timeframe.
As for the Japanese park – considering Osaka’s previous state of emergency was recently lifted – we’d expect further news soon.