The spread of the coronavirus
continues to be felt as the rise in infections and death cause a delay in Nintendo Switch production in China.
According to Nintendo, reported by Reuters
, CEO Shuntaro Furukawa explained that the company is experiencing an "unavoidable" delay in Nintendo Switch game console and peripheral production. This will primarily impact the Japanese market, limiting the supply of Nintendo Switch consoles, Joy-cons, Ring Fit Adventure rings, and various other products.
Don't expect to suddenly see gaming shelves lay bare tomorrow. The full effect of this delay will be felt strongest in Fall 2020
. We likely won't see any delay regarding the release of the recently announced Animal Crossing themed Switch console
, set to release in mid-March.
The coronavirus, a disease that shows flu-like symptoms, save for a potentially lethal impact on the lungs, has already infected 28,000 individuals and killed 563 people
. The rapid spread of the virus, combined with its potentially lethal outcome, has caused a fair degree of concern and panic around the world as it continues to spread.
Nintendo is recognizing the delays and keeping people informed, which we appreciate. But to speak frankly, a gaming console being delayed is hardly the worst of this whole situation.
Either way, we wish everyone a safe and healthy time as things progress.