Coronavirus affects Japanese Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch production 

Nintendo has confirmed that the coronavirus has impacted the release of its upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch bundle and associated carrying case in Japan.

In an update on the official website (via Nintendo Life), Nintendo confirmed that as the limited edition hardware is produced in China, delays were “inevitable”, forcing the company to revise its reservation date and pushing the Japanese preorder date back from February 8th to March 8th, 2020.

At the time of writing, there appears to be no impact on pre-orders of the bundle elsewhere in the world and Amazon UK still states the bundle will be released on time.

The world’s biggest mobile phone show, Mobile World Congress (MWC), has been cancelled after organiser GSMA said that fears concerning the Coronavirus outbreak had made it “impossible” for the event to proceed. Despite calls from Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau to proceed amid assurances that the city was “perfectly prepared” and there was “no reason whatsoever” to cancel it, Facebook, Amazon, LG, Intel, Ericsson, Vivo, ZTE, Nvidia, Cisco, Sony, HMD, Volvo, Orange, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, McAfee, BT, and HMD Global had all reportedly pulled out. 

At the time of writing, GDC – which is scheduled to run next month – is still going ahead, but “due to stringent U.S. travel and safety restrictions implemented on February 2nd, 2020, all China-based exhibitors (around 10 out of the 550 companies hosted at GDC this year)” are no longer attending, having had their participation “pushed” to 2021. China-based conference attendees will also not be attending this year.

“The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority,” explains a statement on the GDC website. “We’ve outlined below important safety guidelines that we have put in place, as well as health measures that will be in effect during GDC 2020 in San Francisco. These measures should help all attendees to have a healthy event.”

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