Coronavirus hits Nintendo Switch supplies to Japan

The coronavirus has hit supplies of Nintendo’s Switch console to its home market in Japan.

The games giant’s chief executive, Shuntaro Furukawa, said last week that production in China of the device had been affected by the epidemic.

But delays in shipments from China to Japan were now “unavoidable” Nintendo said on Friday. It was unclear if other markets would be disrupted.

On Wednesday, carmaker Tesla warned of disruption to its China operations.

Deliveries within China of Tesla’s Model 3 vehicle would be temporarily delayed, a company executive said, following an extended production shutdown. Shares in the company, which have risen sharply recently, sank 17%.

Nintendo began moving part of its production to Vietnam from China in 2019 as supply chains were hit by the Sino-US trade war. But it does not have enough capacity in the Southeast Asian country to offset the disruption from the outbreak.

Nintendo said production and shipping of peripherals such as Joy-Con controllers to the Japanese market would also be hit. Supply of the Ring Fit Adventure gadget, already hard to find in some countries, is also being affected, Nintendo added.

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