The mini console is ‘delayed until further notice’
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini console will miss its March 19 release date due to ongoing issues with the coronavirus, and Konami doesn’t have a replacement release window in mind. It’s delayed indefinitely.
“Regarding the PC Engine Core Grafx 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,” Konami said in a statement posted to the console’s official website.
“As a result, the delivery of all PC Engine Core Grafx mini products, which was originally scheduled for March 19, 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 PC Engine Core Grafx mini as soon as possible, and will provide further details on the delivery timing once confirmed.”
I honestly hadn’t realized how close the mini console was to release – it snuck up me – but I’m sure collectors were counting the days. Unlike other mini consoles released in the past few years, this would’ve been a largely new experience for me. I never had this system. And I never played Snatcher!
The impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for quite some time in the video game industry – in manufacturing, events, and even day-to-day work, which is starting to go remote. You can count on it.