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Earlier this week, the Japanese video game rating organisation CERO (Computer Entertainment Rating Agency) announced a temporary closure, which at the time was expected to have a significant impact on the release schedules of many upcoming games – including Nintendo ones.

It seems the first company that could be affected by this suspension is Hamster Corporation. Every week it releases a new game on the Nintendo eShop and it's been doing this now for the past 160 weeks. It has even set a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive eShop releases, but at this rate, it might not last much longer.

In an attempt to sustain the record, Hamster says there'll probably be at least some changes to its development and release schedule. Here's the full explanation, courtesy of Siliconera:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and CERO rating’s suspension, Hamster says that there’ll likely be changes in the development schedule and that some games not announced may release first as a result. However, the company will try to keep up the track record and keep going if possible, as this period of quarantine is the most apt time for video games.

The latest Hamster Switch eShop release is Konami's 1987 title MX5000 (also known as FLAK ATTACK). It also recently confirmed Tecmo's 1987 shmup Gemini Wing would make its way onto Nintendo's hybrid system.