The operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka said Thursday it would be opening a new attraction area themed “Super Mario Bros.” delay from Nintendo Co. Game series that marks the second postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The file photo captured by a Kyodo News helicopter on November 25, 2020 shows Super Nintendo World, a new attraction area featuring the popular video game character Mario at the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

The delay in opening Super Nintendo World on February 4 was announced a day after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended the state of emergency to Osaka and six other prefectures due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases outside the greater Tokyo area.

A total of 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and three neighboring areas that went into a state of emergency last week, will remain under the measure until Feb.7.

The park operator announced that the opening date for the new Super Nintendo World section with augmented reality attractions such as the world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride after the state of emergency has been lifted will be announced.

For the opening, which was originally planned for last summer, the operator planned to restrict admission, as the number of visitors to the park had already been reduced by around half of the capacity in the wake of the pandemic.

As of Thursday, at the request of the Osaka Prefectural Government, alcohol will only be served in the park between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. due to the state of emergency, the operator added.

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