Konami has just announced that the release of the TurboGrafx-16 mini has been delayed due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The PC Engine Mini or as is known TurboGrafx-16 in America and Core Grafx mini in Europe was originally scheduled to release on March 19 2020, but Konami said that is a delay in the manufacturing process caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Regarding the TurboGrafx-16 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 TurboGrafx-16 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 TurboGrafx-16 mini as soon as possible, and will provide further details on the deliver timing once confirmed.
Konami’s mini console is the first console to be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the virus is affecting badly the gaming industry, if the virus keeps expanding . Nintendo of Japan President, Shuntaro Furukawa talked about how the deadly virus is already affecting the production of Nintendo Switch and its Lite version. According to ComicBook’s reports the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X might be delayed due to the epidemic of Coronavirus in China. The outlet analyze the situation and there are high chances that the production if not delayed might have problems with meet the demands at retail stores or maybe even worst, shipping enough units to pre-order buyers.
GDC 2020 was postponed, and the ESA is currently analyzing if E3 2020 should be cancelled. Game developers are sending game designers and programmers to work at home.