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Konami delays PC Engine Core Grafx mini over coronavirus

"We deeply apologise to our customers…"

Konami has delayed the release of the PC Engine Core Grafx mini due to the coronavirus.

In a statement, the Japanese company said the manufacturing and shipping facilities in China were suspended due to the outbreak, and as a result the delivery of all PC Engine Core Grafx mini products are delayed until further notice. It had been due out 19th March 2020.

"We deeply apologise 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," Konami said.

"We are investing all of our efforts to deliver the PC Engine Core Grafx mini as soon as possible, and will provide further details on the deliver[sic] timing once confirmed."

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It looks like retailers are yet to get the memo. At the time of this article's publication, Amazon's listing for the £99.99 retro mini console still says it'll come out on 19th March.

Coronavirus is currently sending shockwaves throughout the video game industry, with game companies such as Microsoft and Bungie asking staff to work from home, events such as the Game Developers Conference and Eve FanFest cancelled, and a question mark over the future of E3.

Could the release of the Xbox Series 5 and PlayStation 5, both due out later this year, also be affected?

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