Japan’s Nintendo stated Thursday delays to manufacturing and shipping of its Switch console and peripherals like the Joy-Con controllers to the Japanese market because of the new coronavirus outbreak were “unavoidable”.
Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa asserted last week that the virus was hitting production in China of the favored device.
Nintendo began shifting part of its manufacturing to Vietnam from China last year as the Sino-U.S. trade warfare had struck supply chains. Still, it doesn’t have enough capability in the Southeast Asian country to balance the disturbance from the global pandemic.
Supply of the Ring Fit Adventure device, already difficult to find in some nations, is also being blown, Nintendo added.
The death toll from the coronavirus in mainland China hiked by 73 to 563, with total confirmed cases standing at over 28,000. At the same time, ten more individuals on an isolated cruise ship in Japan have screened positive for the novel coronavirus.
Health experts have ramped up efforts to develop a vaccine for the disease that has sparked fears of a global pandemic.