Earlier this year, Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan’s upcoming Super Nintendo World park had its opening indefinitely delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The mostly-completed park – elements of which can be seen from the windows of certain on-site hotels – was originally planned to open mid-2020, so that it could be enjoyed by international visitors coming to the (now-cancelled) Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
While the initial delay was described as “indefinite,” an article posted on Japanese pop culture news site KaiYou lists Spring 2021 as Super Nintendo World’s opening date. This coincides with the Japanese government’s current plan of re-opening the country to international visitors in April of next year.
In addition to a possible opening date, the KaiYou article revealed some of the delicious food items and exclusive products which will be for sale at the park’s “Mario Cafe & Store”. This building, which will not be located within Super Nintendo World but rather in the park’s shopping-centered “Hollywood Boulevard” area, is currently speculated to open as early as October 16, 2020 – next week! – in order to increase hype for the new section of USJ.
According to KaiYou, the cafe’s menu will feature sweet desserts inspired by the hats worn by plumber brothers Mario and Luigi, as well as drinks themed around the pair’s mustaches and Princess Peach’s crown. A commemorative souvenir mug shaped like a Red Mushroom will also be available for purchase. Exclusive gear available only at the park will include bags, pillows and shirts featuring the message “Whose Cap?” which appears to be a new slogan created exclusively for Super Nintendo World.
Two more Super Nintendo World parks are currently planned – one each in Universal Studios’ California and Florida locations. However, these parks are still early in the construction process, so it is not yet known when they will open.