It is now impossible to visit Nintendo New York, Nintendo’s store filled with games and exclusive merchandise. The company announced on Twitter the evening of March 16, 2020 that it would temporarily be closing in response to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The decision was made to ensure both employees and potential shoppers would remain healthy. The company did not set a date to reopen.
Here is Nintendo’s statement about the store’s abrupt closure. This move comes as multiple states in the U.S. move to limit occupancy in stores and close dine-in areas in restaurants.
In light of recent coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we have made the difficult decision to close Nintendo NY for the foreseeable future, effective immediately.
We will continue to work with health experts and follow their lead, and as soon as we have a date set to reopen, we will notify you. Until then, we encourage you to visit Nintendo.com for all your digital gaming needs and, if you prefer physical goods, we suggest store.nintendo.com or other online retailers. We hope our games and entertainment can bring you a bit of joy in this challenging time.
We care about the health and safety of all of you and our employees, and we appreciate your understanding. We look forward to a time when Nintendo NY can once again be a place that we all gather to celebrate gaming, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Back on March 14, 2020, Nintendo New York said it would be moving to a reduced schedule for a limited time starting March 15, 2020. This followed the same pattern set by the Tokyo branch of the retailer, which also shorted its operating hours in response to the coronavirus.
Nintendo New York is at 10 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York.