The mini version of the PC Engine has unfortunately had to be delayed thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.
We were really excited about the upcoming PC Engine mini, the latest in a long line of miniature console replicas designed to capitalise on retro nostalgia, but unfortunately it’s not upcoming any longer.
Unlike the more recognisable Classic Mini NES and PlayStation Classic, the original console was only briefly available in the West, but enjoyed considerable success in Japan.
The mini version of the console was intended to come out on 19 March, and would’ve had 57 titles, including a number of exclusives that have never been available outside of Japan before.
Sadly, we’re all going to have to wait an indeterminate amount of time longer, as Konami has been forced to delay its release due to the coronavirus.
Specifically, Konami has explained, via a statement on its website and on Twitter, that the manufacturing and shipping facilities in China have been suspended because of the outbreak.
‘Wedeeply apologise to our customers for the significant inconvenience, and wehumbly ask for your understanding and patience while we keep our closeattention on the situation,’ said Konami.
‘Weare investing all of our efforts to deliver the PC Engine Core Grafx mini assoon as possible, and will provide further details on the deliver[sic] timingonce confirmed.’
The coronavirus has been having a severe impact on the gaming industry as a whole. Sony pulled out of its appearances at the Game Developers Conference and PAX East due to concerns about the virus, and GDC has even since been cancelled altogether, after other big companies also cancelled.
There are also fears that both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will have their launches delayed, meaning there’s a very real possibility that they won’t arrive in time for Christmas – which would have a huge impact on the entire industry, including retailers.
So far E3 2020 is still on schedule for June but that may not last, especially given Sony an other companies weren’t attending anyway.
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