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Just like last year, The Pokemon Company has provided its 2015 brand licensing results through License! Global.

The Pokemon Company took the 29th spot on the list with $2.1 billion in total retail sales of licensed products worldwide. This includes media such as video games, anime, the trading card game, and more.

That result stacks up pretty favorably to 2014. In that year, The Pokemon Company generated $2 billion.

License! Global’s report contains the following blurb on Pokemon:

The Pokémon 20th anniversary kicked off with the brand’s first ever Pokémon Super Bowl ad during Super Bowl 50, which was viewed by more than 110 million people during the game and watched more than 26 million times on YouTube. The spot encourages fans to Train On. Four Mythical Pokémon video game character distribution events will take place at participating GameStop locations throughout 2016, with one being distributed quarterly. TOMY International, Pokémon’s master toy licensee, has also created special Mythical Pokémon figures and plush to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon. Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion. Highly anticipated Pokémon video games launch in 2016, including the fast-action fighting game for the Wii U, Pokkén Tournament, which launched in March. Also, the seventh generation of Pokémon video games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, will launch in time for holiday season for the Nintendo 3DS family systems.

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At the end of March, twelve games were announced as finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The actual inductees have now been announced.

Six new titles will be joining the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The lineup is as follows:

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Oregon Trail
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders

In case you’re curious, the inaugural class from last year included:

  • Doom
  • Pac-Man
  • Pong
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • World of Warcraft

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Nintendo has opened its official website for E3 2016 following today’s announcement regarding plans for Zelda Wii U. Access it here. There’s not too much there, but it does recap the information shared today.

Nintendo has filed all sorts of patents over the years. Some have been used by the company, while others have been tossed to the side. One such patent that never became an actual product is a 2001 filing for a phone.

You can see some of the images from the registration below. It’s pretty standard stuff for the most part, but it does also appear to show options to buy games.

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Shoe manufacturer Vans has teamed up with Nintendo for new footwear slated for the summer. In June, sneakers with designs based on various products from the Big N will be available, ranging from Mario to the NES.

You can get a look at some of the designs below. According to Solecollector, there are more designs to come.

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HORI has made several GamePad protectors for Wii U as of late, and another one is scheduled for launch in June. Amazon now has a listing up for a new one with a Pokeball theme, which is officially licensed by Nintendo and Pokemon.

This new HORI GamePad protector will set you back $14.99. It should be available starting on June 21.

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At the end of last month, Japanese developer Delta Arts closed its doors. The studio’s website was just recently updated with a notice about the situation, and is devoid of any other content.

Delta Arts was tied to Nintendo games having worked on some of the recent entries in the Medabots series. They jumped into the series starting with the DS generation.

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Every Nintendo financial results briefing always ends with a Q&A session, in which investors can pose questions to the current president and other leading figures at Nintendo. The Q&A sessions from last week’s briefing has now been officially translated into English on Nintendo’s website – give it a read here.

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Our new comic for the week can be found below, which is a one-shot featuring Eiji Aonuma and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! We’ll be back next week with the choose your own adventure-styled comic.

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Want to catch up on our previous comics? Simply visit this page!

In just a matter of minutes, Nintendo made major announcements about the NX, the new Zelda game, its E3 2016 plans, and next mobile titles on Wednesday. Now that the dust has settled, it’s take to look back on the news and talk about it all.

Here’s a recap of everything:

– NX: not releasing this holiday as many expected, but will instead launch globally in March 2017; unveiling later this year
– Zelda: the new game is coming to both NX and Wii U; delayed to 2017 for a simultaneous launch on both platforms
– E3 2016: no NX at E3, Zelda will be the only playable title
– Mobile: Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing games coming this fall; the latter will connect “with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems”

Now it’s time to talk about the big news! How’s everyone absorbing the various announcements? I think for me, the most surprising thing is that Zelda is the only playable Nintendo game at E3. We’ve never really seen anything like that before. I do sort of wonder why Paper Mario: Color Splash isn’t going to be there, and we won’t be seeing anything on 3DS which seems slightly odd as well.

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