The Coronavirus has hurt the economy, and the leisure sector a lot of damage: theme parks closed overnight, depriving themselves of hundreds of thousands of visitors. The Super Nintendo World project in Orlando is one of the victims of this situation: Universal has just suspended the project for an indefinite period.
It’s a blow for all fans of amusement parks and Nintendo: the second zone dedicated to Nintendo in the world, Super Nintendo World, was to open in Orlando in 2023. But Covid-19 obliges, the project has therefore been suspended, we learned last night during the conference to investors of the results of the second quarter of 2020 of Comcast, the parent company of Universal. The initial delay of the project, which we noticed in February 2018, was therefore rather a boon for Comcast’s financial management, which prefers to stop the costs, for the moment.
Comcast explains that the coronavirus is responsible for this decision: on the one hand, the parks have been closed for many weeks, and on the other hand, travelers will be, for some time, much less numerous. The days of talking about a larger than expected Nintendo zone now seem a long way off!
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Jeff Shell’s statement is as follows:
We are constantly adjusting our spending and capital, which includes putting the development of the Epic Universe project in Florida on hold, for example, until the future becomes more secure.
Recall that in Japan, Universal postponed the opening of Super Nintendo World, a $ 545 million park that was to open a few weeks before the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games, themselves postponed to 2021 (a decision still pending). discussion about a possible cancellation, because 75% of the Japanese would prefer that the Olympics be purely and simply canceled).
The opening schedule for Super Nintendo World Tokyo will be announced this fall, but the Japanese situation is different, as the park is almost finished: all that is missing … is visitors, while Japan has closed its borders to tourists. of more than 160 countries because of the Coronavirus epidemic.
Source : NBC Wesh News