Nintendo Direct delayed until further notice due to earthquake


In the light of the earthquake that hit Japan, Nintendo has announced that it will delay its Nintendo Direct scheduled for today. Here’s the latest.

Although today originally had a Nintendo Direct scheduled, the company has decided to wait due to the earthquake that hit the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan.

In a tweet, Nintendo of America simply stated that it “will provide a new time and date in the near future.” As of this post, the new time and date are still unknown.

Here’s what is known, however, about what’s currently going on in Japan. According to Buzzfeed News, the earthquake caused landslides, and further earthquakes are not out of the question just yet. NHK reports that “five people are dead and four are without vital signs.”

Moreover, it does not appear as though there have been any specific charity drives set up to help those without power, those who have had homes destroyed by the landslide, and to help with earthquake relief. Sites like Global Giving do, however, have drives set up for helping people affected by the meteorological events in Japan over the course of this summer, which include more landslides caused by extremely heavy rain. (Global Giving has a four-star rating and a score of 96.46 from Charity Navigator.)

Additionally, Typhoon Jebi also hit Japan, not only closing Kansai International Airport but also toppling cranes. Per the BBC, it’s the “most powerful storm in a quarter of a century” to have hit the country.

With all this being said, fan reaction to Nintendo’s decision has been mostly positive. One fan said that by doing so, the company is “prioritizing the respect of it’s consumer base and honoring the victims of a tragedy before their own business [sic].”

Ultimately, this decision is Nintendo’s, but it seems like the right choice for at least this writer. When we here at Culturess get any further updates, we’ll be sure to let you know.