Earlier this week, Nintendo released its annual report. We found out about the average age and salaries of the company's employees, and also discovered Nintendo's directors earn a relatively modest wage compared to other industry executives.
In addition to this, it's revealed how its production, shipping, product supply, and development is coping during the pandemic:
In terms of production and shipping, product supply may be impacted if issues involving the procurement of necessary components persist. In terms of sales, sales channels may be restricted by measures to prevent the spread of the virus including restrictions on movement outside the home and closure of retail stores. Development schedules may be impacted due to the difference in development environment between working from home and in the office since teleworking is implemented at the Company and its partners. As a result, we may not be able to proceed with the release of Nintendo products and the start of services as planned.
Nintendo will continue to conduct business operations by taking necessary measures so that it can continue to provide an environment in which consumers can enjoy its products and services, while giving due consideration to the health and safety of its consumers and employees.
This follows on from an update at the 80th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders - when Nintendo's Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Shinya Takahashi, said releases for the current fiscal year were not affected by the pandemic:
While product development is a little behind schedule in some areas due to the impact of COVID19, game releases planned for this fiscal year are currently not affected. However, if the impact of COVID-19 is prolonged or becomes more severe, we may not be able to release future titles in line with existing plans.
Of course, if the situation around the world doesn't improve over the coming months, future releases aren't necessarily guaranteed to line up with the company's existing plans.