The latest miniature retro console has been pushed back to an unknown date. The TurboGrafx-16 mini, slated to launch in just a few weeks, has been delayed due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus.
The TurboGrafx-16 mini was originally set to launch on March 19, 2020. But in a statement from Konami, the company says both it, as well as the PC Engine minis bound for Europe and Japan, have been pushed back. Here's the statement:
"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."
Konami says it's investing all of its efforts in delivering the TurboGrafx-16 mini as soon as possible, and will update with more details on when that will be once things have been confirmed.
The mini version of the TurboGrafx was set to hold a number of interesting games. On the English language side, games like R-Type and Ys Book 1 and 2 were pretty cool additions to look forward to. And on the PC Engine side, one of Hideo Kojima's early projects, Snatcher, was set to make an appearance.
The COVID-19 novel coronavirus has had a noticeable effect on the gaming industry in the weeks since it emerged. Some analysts warned that the virus' outbreak could could lead to hardware shortages, and in the case of the TurboGrafx-16 mini, it looks like they were right.