Nintendo of Japan said on Thursday that delays in the production and shipping of its switch consoles and peripherals like the Joy-Con controllers in the Japan market were “unavoidable” due to the coronovaire epidemic.

Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa said Last week, production in China of that popular device was being affected by the virus.

Nintendo began shifting part of its production from China to Vietnam in 2019 as the supply chain hit in the Sino-US trade war, but it did not have enough capacity to overcome disruption from the outbreak in the Southeast Asian nation. is.

Nintendo said that the supply of Ring Fit Adventure gadgets is already being hit hard in some countries.

The death toll from coronavirus in mainland China rose from 73 to 563, with a total of confirmed infections exceeding 28,000, while ten more people tested positive for the virus on a separate cruise liner in Japan.

Health experts have stepped up efforts to find a vaccine for the disease that has sparked fears of a global pandemic.

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