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How the coronavirus is impacting the Nintendo Switch

The coronavirus has hit Japan, and that’s impacting Nintendo

Nintendo Switch game console shown May 2018.
Nintendo Switch game console shown May 2018.

Nintendo told its customers that there may be delays of production and shipments of the Nintendo Switch console and accessories because of the coronavirus, The Verge reports.

What happened: The company pushed back the availability of the new “Animal Crossing” version of the console, which was announced last week.

  • The delay will impact Joy-Con controllers and the “Ring Fit Adventure” game, too.
  • The company said it will continue to monitor the virus before it makes any changes.
  • It’s unclear if the delays will impact any other markets.
  • Nintendo: “We will work hard to deliver the product as soon as possible, while keeping an eye on the effects of the new coronavirus infection, and we look forward to your understanding.”
  • Nintendo (via Engadget): “We can confirm that the manufacturing of some Nintendo products for the Japanese market has been delayed due to the impact of 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak,” the company said in a statement to Engadget. “Nintendo does not anticipate a significant impact on our broader global supply chain for systems and accessories at this time, and product sales in North America and Europe, including pre-orders, are not affected. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the coronavirus during this challenging time.”

Context: Nintendo announced ahead of time the coronavirus could hurt production, according to the New York Post.

  • New York Post said: “The U.S.-China trade war pushed the Japanese gaming giant to move some production to Vietnam last year, but it currently lacks enough capacity there to offset the virus’s impact.”