Nintendo said Thursday that it has sold 52 million units since its launch in 2017, more than Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Also briefly mentioned after the sales figures were disclosed, the outbreak of the coronavirus in China could have an impact on Switch production.
Nintendo CEO Taro Kogawa said at a news conference that Switch’s production in China is “being affected by the coronavirus,” Reuters reported, but he did not provide details on the extent of the impact.
China’s first confirmed case of coronavirus occurred in Wuhan on December 31. Since then, pneumonia-like diseases have infected thousands of people and killed more than 170 people. Only five cases of the virus have been detected in the United States, but the first human infection was detected on Thursday. U.S. companies such as Apple, Google and McDonald’s, as well as some international eSports competitions, have been affected by the outbreak.
Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how much the virus will affect production.