Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has revealed that production of the Switch in China has been impacted by the recent coronavirus outbreak. The admission came during a news briefing following the publication of Nintendo's financial results, according to Reuters.
The coronavirus has reportedly claimed at least 170 lives and infected more than 7,000 others since the outbreak in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization is meeting today to decide whether to declare the coronavirus epidemic an international public health emergency.
Demand for Switch – which has now sold over 50 million units worldwide – is currently sky high; it remains to be seen if the outbreak will have any lasting impact on Nintendo's already taxed supply chain.
This isn't the only way this tragic issue has affected Nintendo; a Pokémon Video Game Championship event in Hong Kong was cancelled recently, too.