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Universal Studios Japan is delaying the opening of Super Nintendo World, the new Mario-themed expansion of its Osaka amusement park, NHK reports. Universal said the delay was due to concerns about the coronavirus. A new opening date has yet to be announced.

The video game-themed area was originally set to open in July ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

However, the international sporting event was pushed back to 2021 as a result of the pandemic.

Super Nintendo World will be based on Mario and other Nintendo properties

Universal fears that Super Nintendo World is likely to be so popular it could be a health hazard, allowing the coronavirus to spread, according to NHK . Universal Studios Japan reopened on June 8th but at limited capacity and with strict health and safety guidelines, including temperature checks upon entering the park and requirements that visitors wear masks while inside the park.

Super Nintendo World was announced as an expansion within Universal Studios in 2016. The area will be based on video game properties owned by Nintendo, most notably from the Super Mario series. So far, three locations have been confirmed, including one in the US. Not much is known about what rides and attractions will be featured, aside from a ride based on the Mario Kart series. The park will also feature “Power Up Bands,” wrist wearables that pair with a smartphone app to track digital activities you perform as you walk around the park.

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CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: LeBron James #6 and Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat make their way downcourt during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A former teammate of LeBron James looking to sneak onto the Los Angeles Lakers

Prior to Sunday evening, everything appeared to be going swimmingly for the Los Angeles Lakers down at the Walt Disney World bubble. And then, news broke that starting point guard Rajon Rondo will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured thumb. This leaves the Lakers in quite the predicament, as backup point man Avery Bradley bowed out of participating in the NBA restart.

In light of the big news, former Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers let it be known that he’s ready to help ex-teammate LeBron through a reply on a Bleacher Report Instagram post.

Mario Chalmers is ready to replace Rajon Rondo

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 13, 2020

Chalmers generous offer will likely be declined

While you can give major props to Chalmers for offering to do the Lakers a solid by rebuilding his chemistry with James, it’s unlikely. Even though Rondo is sidelined, the Lakers are ineligible from signing a replacement player.

Chalmers has been out of the NBA since the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, where he was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Through 66 games that season, Chalmers averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds, while shooting 37.9% from the field. It’s important to note that Chalmers was nothing more than a bench option for the Grizzlies that year.

Following his selection by the Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft, Chalmers benefitted greatly from the arrival of James and Chris Bosh in 2010 via free agency. After the superstars moved down to South Beach, Chalmers made the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons and hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy twice.


We’re sure that the Lakers are appreciative of Chalmers’ offer, but it’s something they can’t do right now. Expect Quinn Cook to earn significant starting minutes at the beginning of the NBA restart. That, or James starts at point guard just like he did during his 2018 playoff run with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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