Nintendo's rumoured and then recently announced Nintendo Direct has been delayed due to a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan. Nintendo of America has delivered the update via its Twitter account:

The Direct was expected to showcase games for the Switch and 3DS and was said to run for approximately 35 minutes. As can be seen in the tweet above, Nintendo will provide a new time and date in the near future. 

This devastating natural disaster comes almost immediately after the country was subject to a typhoon which ripped through major western cities. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake has claimed the lives of several people living on the island, with many more injured and missing. Officials fear that an unknown number of people may still be buried underneath landslides and many essential services such as hospitals and transport links have been destroyed.

From everyone here at Nintendo Life, our thoughts go out to the people of Japan.