The Coronavirus epidemic in China has been a matter of major concern in the news recently. The virus has so far affected health, travel, and business in not just China, but the world around as well. Reportedly, Japan pre-orders of the limited-edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console have been delayed indefinitely due to issues with the disease.
It was on February 6, 2020 that Nintendo of Japan issued a statement and apology to Japanese customers regarding the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch. This has been roughly translated, and the statement reveals that pre-orders of the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch have been delayed from their original reservation start date on February 13 to an indefinite to-be-determined date. The reason for this is that manufacture of the console for Japan was taking place in an area currently affected by the Coronavirus, so the expectations of the shipping dates have been thrown into the unknown.
The Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch caused the internet to go into a storm when it was revealed at the end of January, and many pre-ordered for the system opened soon after.
With the Coronavirus being such an issue currently, and China being such a huge cornerstone of gaming, it’s likely that the disease will affect more aspects of the gaming industry.