In a week where Japan was already reeling from the impact of Typhoon Jebi, Hokkaido was also struck by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake. In light of this, Nintendo has announced that they will delay Friday’s planned Direct.
The Direct, which was scheduled to run for 35 minutes and showcase upcoming Switch and 3DS titles, will be held “in the near future”.
Due to the powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we have decided to delay this week’s planned Nintendo Direct. We will provide a new time and date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/z2p30QbC4I
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) September 6, 2018
The earthquake damaged the main power station on Hokkaido, which is home to around 5.3 million people. At least seven have been killed in the tragedy so far, with Reuters reporting that hundreds are injured and 33 missing at this stage.
NHK World Japan posted some footage of the wreckage on YouTube, illustration the destruction wrought to homes, roads, property, and the island.