Update (Tue 18th Feb, 2020 11:00 GMT): Following on from the news that the coronavirus outbreak had impacted the production and pre-order dates for the Animal Crossing-themed Switch console in Japan, Nintendo has now confirmed a new reservation date for those looking to get their hands on one.

Pre-orders will now open on 7th March - the same day that pre-orders go live for the newly-announced Coral Nintendo Switch Lite console.

Original Article (Thu 6th Feb, 2020 10:00 GMT): Nintendo has revealed that production of the newly-announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch bundle has been impacted by the new coronavirus outbreak.

In an update posted on its official Japanese website, Nintendo has issued an apologetic notice of postponement for pre-orders of the console in the region. With production taking place in China - where the coronavirus has caused the most devastation - shipments of the new system will be pushed back; the original pre-order opening date of 8th February has been delayed to a vague 'to be determined' date.

The coronavirus has now reportedly taken 563 lives, with 28,018 people confirmed to have been infected in China alone as of midnight Wednesday. At least 230 cases have also been confirmed outside mainland China.

Last week, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa revealed that general production of the Switch in China had also been impacted. Pre-orders for the new Animal Crossing system can still be found at some western stores.

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