Nintendo has delayed a crucial video presentation on its Nintendo Switch and 3DS game consoles after a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan.
The great earthquake, which occurred shortly before 3 a.m. local time this morning (7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m. Eastern time yesterday), left 5.3 million without electricity and at least eight people dead.
More than 150 people have been injured in the natural disaster, which measured around 6.7 on the Richter magnitude scale.
Nintendo had planned to reveal details about a series of new video game titles that will arrive on their Nintendo Switch and 3DS consoles in time for the holiday season.
However, the video presentation, which is broadcast live on the website of the Japanese company and on YouTube, will be rescheduled.
Nintendo still has to provide the new date and time for the presentation.
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Nintendo has delayed the announcement of the new Switch and 3DS games due to a strong earthquake in Hokkaido. "Due to the strong earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we decided to delay Nintendo Direct's plan this week," Nintendo from Europe tweeted.
Nintendo first confirmed plans to make a new Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday, which promised to include ads on 3DS and Nintendo Switch.
According to reports, the next Nintendo Direct presentation will include details about the next Switch Online service, which will charge players the use of online multiplayer features, something that has been free up until now for switch owners.
Nintendo also received many suggestions to present a new range of new titles for Switch video games.
Earlier this summer, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said the company's video game lineup for 2018 has not been fully disclosed.
However, the firm tweeted this morning to confirm that it had decided to delay the introduction of Nintendo Direct.
"Due to the strong earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we decided to delay the Nintendo Direct plan this week," he tweeted the official Nintendo of Europe account.
"We will provide a new date and time in the near future.
– Thanks for your understanding. & # 39;
The deadly earthquake of 6.7 magnitude plunged entire streets into darkness on the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido.
The deadly earthquake of 6.7 magnitude plunged entire streets into darkness in the Hokkaido prefecture in Japan (pictured). Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that up to 25,000 soldiers and other personnel would be sent to Hokkaido to help with rescue operations
The island's only nuclear power plant, which was offline, was changed to a backup generator to keep the spent fuel cold for ten hours.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that up to 25,000 troops and other personnel will be sent to Hokkaido to help with rescue operations.
Nintendo fans were understanding about the delayed release.
"I hope everyone at Nintendo is safe." Some things are more important than video games! ", Wrote the Twitter user @Erazor_Rain below the post.
"The situation in Hokkaido is very serious and it is much more important, please think about the welfare and safety of the people," wrote another user @songofalchemy, based in Tokyo.
In July, it was announced that Nintendo's quarterly earnings rose 44 percent in the first fiscal quarter thanks to increased sales of Nintendo Switch games titles.
The firm confirmed that it has now sold 19.67 million units of the Nintendo switch to June 30, 2018.
The hybrid console, which functions as a console connected to TV and as a portable system, has been a great success for the company.
In July, it was announced that Nintendo's quarterly earnings rose 44 percent in the first fiscal quarter thanks to increased sales of Nintendo Switch games.
HOW DID THE MOBILE GAME AND THE SWITCH SAVE NINTENDO?
Nintendo has had a few difficult years.
After the disastrous sales of its Wii U console, investors shouted for the Kyoto-based firm to close the domestic consoles division and concentrate on smart phone games.
Super Mario Run, the first time that one of Nintendo's iconic video game characters appeared on a device that was not built by the company itself, established download records around the world when it was released in December 2016.
Super Mario Run exceeded 40 million downloads only four days, becoming the fastest game to reach the milestone in the history of the App Store, as revealed by Nintendo at that time.
However, Nintendo's actions plummeted after it was revealed that only a small percentage of players were willing to pay the £ 9.99 fee to unlock all game content.
"You could say that Mario is the most popular game franchise in the world, however, we see that only 8 percent of those who try the game actually buy it," said Sensor Tower analyst Spencer Gabriel.
However, Nintendo does not seem dissuaded, with a list of new mobile games scheduled to launch from now until March 2019.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is quietly working on a Legend Of Zelda adventure for smartphones and tablets to be launched in late 2018, and Nintendo recently confirmed that its best-selling racing game, Mario Kart, would target iOS smartphones. and Android. before the beginning of 2019.
Elsewhere, the Kyoto gaming company has had enormous success with the successor of Wii U, Nintendo Switch.
The home console, which can be on a TV or take-away thanks to its built-in six-inch touch screen and Joy Con detachable controllers, has been in huge demand.
In its most recent earnings call, Nintendo almost doubled its operating profit forecast for the entire year.
Sales of the new console, which includes its own version of Mario Kart and Legend Of Zelda, have surpassed the company's estimates and have surpassed those of its predecessor, the Wii U.
Nintendo also raised its Switch sales forecast at the end of the year to 14 million consoles of 10 million.
This new annual goal alone will surpass the lifetime sales of 13.56 million consoles for the Wii U, which was on the market for about five years.
The Japanese maker of the games Super Mario and Pokemon said its net profit totaled 30.6 billion yen (274.9 million dollars) during the period from April to June, compared to 21.3 billion yen the previous year.
Quarterly sales increased 9 percent to 168.2 billion yen ($ 1.5 billion) compared to the previous year, while operating profits increased 88 percent to 30.5 billion yen ($ 274 million).
Nintendo, based in Kyoto, accredited new games titles for Nintendo Switch for the growth of profits.
One of the new titles, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, has sold 1.4 million units worldwide since May.
The Switch is a hybrid gaming machine that works both as a console and as a tablet.
Nintendo Switch hardware sales also had an upward trend since the E3 video game exhibition was held in the United States and software sales are in good shape with upcoming releases of key titles, the company said.