The outbreak of a strand of coronavirus in Wuhan, China has been disrupting life there (and on a global scene) for almost two months at this point. Since many companies have their manufacturing taking place in China, several different products are undergoing stock shortages and delays due to the outbreak. Nintendo of Japan recently confirmed that stock in Japan would be low due to the virus. But, what about other nations?
It turns out that Western markets should remain unaffected as it relates to Switch hardware. Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for a comment on global hardware shipments, and the company confirmed that North American and European markets will not be affected. Here is the statement:
We can confirm that the manufacturing of some Nintendo products for the Japanese market has been delayed due to the impact of 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak. Nintendo does not anticipate a significant impact on our broader global supply chain for systems and accessories at this time, and product sales in North America and Europe, including preorders, are not affected. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the coronavirus during this challenging time.
Nintendo has spread its manufacturing operations around in recent years to other Asian countries. This is why global shipments are expected to continue as normal.
However, it is still unfortunate that those in the epicenter of this outbreak are having to deal with this situation. It is good to see companies taking a stand for their workers and not forcing them to go out under such conditions.
There is currently no cure for the virus, so perhaps for the next several weeks, we can expect to hear of disruptions coming out of China.