The coronavirus may well have concrete economic repercussions. In order to limit the spread of the virus, the Chinese authorities have implemented a number of measures, including quarantines. Likewise, some factories that were to resume operations the day after the Chinese New Year remain closed until further notice. As a result, supply difficulties are starting to be felt, especially at Nintendo.
Europe not (yet) impacted
The Japanese manufacturer having concentrated the vast majority of its production in China, it is preparing to face delays: ” due to the new coronavirus infection currently occurring, it is expected that production and shipping delays will be unavoidable for devices such as Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con made in China […] Likewise for deliveries of “Ring Fit Adventure”, currently out of stock should be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience “.
A spokesperson for the company told Bloomberg news agency that part of production could be shifted to units in Vietnam if the situation worsens. Also, be aware that shipments to Europe and the United States would not be impacted at this time, it would only affect the Japanese domestic market. We also learn that pre-orders for the new Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing edition have been postponed, although the availability date is still set for March 20.
Nintendo / Bloomberg