The pandemic also impacted the controls 'Ring Fit Adventure' and Joy-Cons.
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This story originally appeared on Engadget
The coronavirus outbreak continues to have a tangible impact on technology. Nintendo warned that the virus will cause “inevitable” delays in the production and shipping of the Switch in Japan, including Joy-Con and Ring Fit Adventure controllers. Consequently, he postponed Japanese reservations for the Animal Crossing Switch (pictured above) from February 8 to an unspecified date. Advance orders for the game itself were not affected.
“We can confirm that the manufacturing of some Nintendo products for the Japanese market has been delayed due to the impact of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak,” the company said in a statement to Engadget . “Nintendo does not anticipate a significant impact on our wider global supply chain for systems and accessories at this time, and sales of products in North America and Europe, including advance orders, are not affected. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the coronavirus during this difficult time. ”
The containment of the virus clearly has the highest priority, and Nintendo will not be the only company affected. Apple suppliers in China like Foxconn and Quanta are not expected to resume full production until around February 10, for example.
This is only one of the most conspicuous examples, and it will not be surprising if more technology companies delay products until (and unless) it is clear that the coronavirus is under control.
Update 10:08 AM ET: This post has been updated with an official comment on the Nintendo issue.