TurboGrafx-16 Mini is delayed worldwide due to the new Coronavirus, but those in Japan who preordered the PC Engine Mini before March 5 will still get it on time.
Konami announced via the official Twitter account for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini that the console is getting delayed worldwide until further notice. The message explains that manufacturing and shipping facilities in China were inevitably stopped due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. As such, the delivery of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini console and it’s peripheral accessories, which was originally planned for March 19, 2020, was delayed until further notice.
In the message, published in multiple languages, Konami apologizes to the fans and ask for patience and understanding, with further details to come.
It’s important to note, however, that the Japanese message is different. In it, Konami mentions that those in Japan who preordered the PC Engine Mini before March 5 will still get it on March 19. Those who preordered the console after March 5 will need to wait for further details.
— PCエンジン mini公式@2020年3月19日発売 (@PCEngine_Mini) March 6, 2020
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini was first announced by Konami during the E3 2019 period in June 2019. Riding the wave following Nintendo’s Nes Mini and Snes Mini, SNK’s Neo Geo Mini, and Sega’s Mega Drive Mini, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini includes over fifty games for nostalgic fans or those who wish to discover a sanctuary of game history. Konami’s Mini console is named the PC Engine Mini in Japan, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini in America, and the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini in Europe, reflecting the various names and versions it had depending on regions.
As a reminder, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini and the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini include the same games. However, certain games are exclusive to the TurboGrafx-16 Mini / PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini duo, while some other games are exclusive to Japan, on the PC Engine Mini. One of these games is Tokimeki Memorial, a dating simulator that heavily contributed to popularizing the use of social stats along with a school-life + calendar system in games. These are all elements which are nowadays found in the current state of the Persona series or Fire Emblem Three Houses, to cite a few examples. It’s a real shame Tokimeki Memorial didn’t leave Japan on this occasion, even without a localization.