Update [Wed 18th Mar, 2020]: Well, that was unexpected. The adorable Japanese white PC Engine Mini is now available to order from Play Asia. We're not sure how much stock the online retailer has, so you'd better act fast!
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Update [Fri 6th Mar, 2020 12:05 GMT]: Konami has issued an updated statement on the official PC Engine Mini site and via its Twitter account stating that the release of all PC Engine Mini stock has been "delayed until further notice", meaning the console will completely miss its proposed March 19th release date, irrespective of when orders were placed.
Here's the statement:
Regarding the PC Engine Core Grafx mini console and its peripheral accessories, the manufacturing and shipping facilities in China have encountered an unavoidable suspension due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result, the delivery of all PC Engine Core Grafx mini products, which was originally scheduled for March 19th, 2020, will be delayed until further notice.
We deeply apologize to our customers for the significant inconvenience, and we humbly ask for your understanding and patience while we keep our close attention on the situation. We are investing all of our efforts to deliver the PC Engine Core Grafx mini as soon as possible, and will provide further details on the deliver timing once confirmed.
Original Story [Fri 6th Mar, 2020 09:05 GMT]: Konami has revealed that the release of its PC Engine Mini range has been delayed slightly due to the Coronavirus infection impacting production and shipment.
The system – which will be released in PC Engine (Japan), PC Engine Core Grafx (Europe) and TurboGrafx-16 (North America) forms – was due to launch worldwide on March 19th. Konami has now issued a statement that says those who pre-ordered their console before March 5th should still get their machine in time for launch, but there will be an unspecified delay on pre-orders placed after that date.
Here's the full statement:
Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI's products and services.
Due to the effects of the new coronavirus infection that is currently occurring, the game consoles “PC Engine mini”, “TurboGrafx-16 mini”, “PC Engine Core Grafx mini” and peripheral devices scheduled to be released on March 19, 2020 in China Production and shipping delays are inevitable.
For those who pre-ordered "PC Engine mini" by March 5, 2020, the product will be delivered on March 19, 2020. If you purchased TurboGrafx-16 mini, PC Engine Core Grafx mini, and peripheral devices Turbo Pad for PC Engine mini, Multi-Tap for PC Engine mini, or Multi-Tap for PC Engine mini, For those who pre-ordered "PC Engine mini" on or after March 6, 2020, it will be delivered on or after March 20, 2020. Stay tuned for more information, as we will share more details.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers, but we will work hard to deliver the products as soon as possible while keeping a close watch on the situation. We appreciate your understanding.