News has emerged that a fire broke out at an unnamed Wii U system assembly factory in Japan, with just a little over a month until the console's release across North America, Europe and Japan. An analyst for the Australian bank Macquarie, in Tokyo, subsequently downgraded Wii U’s shipping forecast of 8.3 million units to 7.3 million as a result of the incident. He also mentioned on Twitter that he expected Nintendo to revise its revenue forecast on 24th October.
In a statement given to CVG, Nintendo denied that there would be any delay in the production of Wii U consoles:
As of now, we see no impacts on our Wii U console production scheme.
Postponing Wii U production would have been deeply upsetting for Nintendo, and we're glad everything is on track for its release next month. We'd also like to spare a thought for the well-being of those who may have been in the factory at the time the fire broke out.