Disasters & Accidents

Nintendo offers free repairs for Nintendo consoles damaged by quake

Tokyo, Jan 16 (EFE).- Japanese video game company Nintendo said Tuesday it would repair its consoles affected by the strong New Year’s Day earthquake in Japan for free and announced hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to support relief efforts in the country.

The company based in Kyoto, about 350 kilometers southwest of the epicenter of the earthquake, will repair suitable products regardless of whether they are under warranty, as according to a Tuesday statement.

The valid period to request repairs will be extended until Jul. 1 and they can be submitted online or by post, the firm said.

The video game developer and distributor also announced on its X profile (formerly Twitter) that it would donate JPY50 million (about $342,000) through the Japanese Red Cross in support of those affected by the disaster, declared “extremely serious” by Japanese authorities.

The announcement comes two weeks after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck the region of Japan’s Noto Peninsula, on the western coasts of the center of the country, on Jan. 1.

The tremor has left 222 dead, 22 missing and more than 1,000 people injured, while damages have displaced about 19,000 people.

Serious damage to infrastructure, roads and paths keeps many areas of the peninsula inaccessible, where more than 400 people remain isolated.

Under these conditions, Nintendo has been one of the companies that has made monetary donations to provide aid to the region. EFE


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