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Japan’s huge new Super Nintendo theme park, Super Nintendo World, is finally opening its doors this month after being delayed by the pandemic.
Nintendo announced Monday the park, located inside Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, is scheduled to open on March 18.
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The park was originally meant to open in summer last year ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but this timeline was disrupted by the pandemic. It then set an opening date of February 2021, but this also got postponed, after Osaka declared a state of emergency due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Engadget reports the park is set to take only a limited number of visitors at a time, and require them to wear masks.
In a presentation given in January 2020, executives said the park would resemble a “life-size, living video game.”
They also said visitors would be given special “Power-Up Bands” — wearable wrist bands that would let visitors collect coins and compete with each other via an app on their phones.
Bloomberg reported the park would feature locations from the Super Mario video game franchise, including the Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, and Bowser’s Fortress.
Nintendo said back in 2017 that there would be an attraction based on Mario Kart.