Video gaming is a popular stay-at-home activity, and Nintendo’s new “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” has proven to be a hit, selling 13.4 million units in the first six weeks since going on sale.
But the company expressed concern about the future and over potential disruptions to production of devices and software. Depending on how the virus spreads, product deliveries might be hindered, leading to suspension of even online purchases, it said.
Game development could suffer if designers have to work from home for a long time, it said in a statement.
“As a result of these factors, we may not be able to proceed with the release of Nintendo products and the start of services as planned. This is also true for other software publishers, so it may not be possible to provide game content on Nintendo platforms as planned,” it said.
Nintendo projected a 23% fall in profit for the fiscal year through March 2021 at 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion).
The company said it will continue to push the Nintendo Switch handheld machine and Nintendo Switch Lite hardware.
Planned software releases for the Switch include “Xenoblade Definitive Edition,” “Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics” and more Pokemon offerings.
Nintendo said it has sold nearly a combined 55.7 million Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite machines. It aims to sell another 19 million Switch machines in the fiscal year through March 2021.