Originally scheduled to launch on 19th March, Konami has confirmed that the PC Engine Mini and its variants, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini in North America and the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini in Europe, have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In an official statement Konami stated:
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 [SIC] timing once confirmed.
Konami’s announcement isn’t entirely unexpected. China is the epicentre of electronic manufacturing, with all the major hardware manufacturers building their systems in the country. With the apparent lockdown that the country is in to try and contain the spread of the virus, it was only a matter of time before this would lead to manufacturing delays in the tech world. Nintendo has already announced that Switch stock will run low, and we can expect other companies to follow.