Special Edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch production affected by coronavirus, pre-orders delayed in Japan

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In a new statement posted on Nintendo’s Japanese website today, the company is apologizing for potential delays of both the regular Nintendo Switch and the special edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch.

Due to the coronavirus infection spreading in China, Nintendo expects that production delays may occur for the Nintendo Switch and some related accessories like Joy-Cons. This is because the vast majority of Nintendo hardware is produced in Chinese factories that are currently experiencing possible shutdowns from the coronavirus.

Going one step further, Nintendo has gone as far as to indefinitely delay the previously announced openings of pre-orders in Japan for the special edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch and related carrying case. A new pre-order start date will be announced soon.

Given that pre-orders already began a week ago for the special edition system in North America and Europe, we’re unsure of what this could mean outside of Japan and no official announcement has been made for other regions yet.

However, most Nintendo Switch systems are produced in China, no matter whether it is ultimately shipped to Japan, North America, Europe, or any other region. So it wouldn’t be unexpected to possibly see shipment delays outside of Japan too for the special edition.

This might partially depend on just how many systems have already been produced and shipped overseas from China. If a large amount already have been produced, it may be possible for Nintendo to cover the existing pre-orders with little delay using that stock, but with further stock including Japan’s remaining in limbo.

I would suggest not panicking yet, but keeping an open mind to the possibility of delays. Of course, we’ll keep you updated on any further announcements from Nintendo on the topic, especially from Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches worldwide in less than two months from now on March 20th! Check out our release date countdown here, or pre-order the game here. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more news as we approach the release!

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Matthew Barcellos

Apologies for sounding like a jerk, but the word is “affected,” not “effected.”

In response to the article, this won’t influence my decision one way or another with regard to my system pre-order. My only reservation at this point now is whether to get the cartridge or digital.


You jerk!

Matthew J Barcellos

Guilty as charged :/


I’ve been debating that, too. I already have a physical copy ordered, and I do like to have them, but I’m bound to play AC so often for half a year that having to put in and take out the cartridge to be able to use the Switch for Ring Fit every day (for example) could be a hassle.


Preorders of the new horizons switch has been delayed in South Korea as well. Stores are accepting preorders for game cartridges but there’s no set date on when the switch preorders will begin. But the release date of the switch and game are unaffected for now.



The report notes that release date isn’t expected to be affected (or at least hasn’t been announced as such), but this is still worrying in light of the news that data transfer won’t be available for launch. It’d suck to be waiting for a delayed AC-edition switch to arrive and as such be forced to wait until after the game’s release date to start.


so.. i would assume this is the reason that best buy, gamestop, etc havent restocked preorders yet. that would make sense, right?

Matthew J Barcellos

That’s one possibility. The other is that they’ve actually sold out.

Por Hawj

do you know when can i pre-purchase this game in Nintend Eshop and preload it right away ??


The game is already up for pre-purchase and loading right now, at least in the North American e-shop. 🙂 I think it just went up today.