This Week's Nintendo Direct Delayed After Earthquake

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Late last night, Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido was rocked by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake. Nintendo has announced it’s delaying this week’s Direct.


The quake caused landslides and power outages. There are at least seven dead and 32 individuals are reported missing.

Earlier this week, the strongest typhoon in 25 years hit Western Japan, leaving eleven dead in its wake and flooding Kansai International Airport.

The Nintendo Direct was originally slated for later today. Both the English and Japanese Directs have been delayed until a later date.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


This has seriously been a screwed up year for Japan. First heat waves hitting record highs, Hiroshima getting screwed over by a typhoon, Shizuoka getting hit with mudfloods and heat (delightful combination if I might add), Osaka having to deal with the strongest typhoon this year (one whose winds just toyed with trucks) and not even days later Hokkaido gets hit with an heavy earthquake.

Which reminds me, how are you doing, Bashcraft? You are based in Osaka, right?