Coronavirus delays Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition in Japan

The outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus in China will delay both production and shipping of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Nintendo Switch console in Japan.

“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,” a Nintendo of America spokesperson told Digital Trends. “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 preorders, are not affected. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the coronavirus during this challenging time.”

In addition to the delay of the New Horizons-themed consoles, peripherals like Joy-Cons and the Ring-Con accessory used in fitness game Ring Fit Adventure are also being affected by coronavirus.

Nintendo had moved part of its production line to Vietnam from China in 2019 due to the China-United States trade war; however, its Chinese operations remain vital to its supply chain.

The coronavirus broke out late Dec. in Wuhan, China, and has so far infected more than 40,500 people worldwide.

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