The Nintendo Direct scheduled for Thursday afternoon has been delayed. Nintendo made the announcement through its Twitter account, citing a powerful earthquake that struck the country’s northernmost island, Hokkaido.
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/IITgJFtzub
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 6, 2018
Nintendo has not announced a new time or date.
Japan currently is recovering from two major natural disasters. On Tuesday, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in twenty-five years struck the cities of Kobe and Osaka, flooding Kansai International Airport and destroying the bridge connecting it to the mainland. It is expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday, a 6.7 earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido, knocking out the power throughout Sapporo, Japan’s fifth largest city, and causing landslides that engulfed entire houses.