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The Super Mario Bros. Movie poster

Nintendo and Illumination have shared the official poster for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. All of the major characters are here including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, and Donkey Kong.

We did see a few posters for The Super Mario Bros. Movie previously. However, these were character-specific. The one pictured above is what will really be used to promote the film.

Detective Pikachu 2 not cancelled

If a brief statement from Legendary Entertainment is to be believed, the Detective Pikachu 2 movie hasn’t been cancelled and is still on the way. A representative told Polygon that it’s still “in active development.” However, The Pokemon Company did not indicate who is currently working on the project when asked for a comment.

Detective Pikachu 2 was originally announced in 2019, even before the release of the first one. Oren Uziel, who wrote 22 Jump Street and a draft of Sonic the Hedgehog, also wrote an outline and screenplay for this film but representatives say he’s no longer involved. Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, writers for the original Detective Pikachu, have also suggested they’re not on it.

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Nintendo Direct February 2023 rumor

There’s a lot of smoke surrounding Nintendo right now with all sorts of rumors, but the most prominent speculation concerns the possibly of a Nintendo Direct and launch of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.

As far as the Nintendo Direct is concerned, Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb believes a new presentation could air during the week of February 6. He said the following during the Last of the Nintendogs podcast:

LEGO Zelda

Rumor has it that The Legend of Zelda could be the next major collaboration between Nintendo and LEGO.

A few days ago, JeanGreyForever posted information on the Eurobricks Forums about a potential new set. Promobricks has since received clarification that the details came from images spotted in a paid marketing survey.

E3 2023 ESA statement

ESA has shared a statement regarding E3 2023 in light of yesterday’s report that Nintendo will not be attending the event – along with PlayStation and Xbox.

The organization declined to comment on which companies will be appearing. However, the ESA did say that it has “made strong progress in reshaping the event” while also acknowledging that a proper revival “was always going to have its challenges” given how the coronavirus pandemic heavily impacted things over the past three years.

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Super Nintendo World Mario Kart waistline limit

When Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood opens next month, it’ll come with a rider waistline limit for Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. The Wall Street Journal reports that visitors may be turned away if their waistline measures 40 inches or more.

Super Nintendo World is the focal point of the outlet’s article, but it’s also mentioned that “navigating theme parks has grown tougher for plus-size visitors as parks balance accessibility with heightened safety requirements.” Other parts of Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and other locations “are equipping rides with tighter restraints to ensure that small children and others can’t wriggle out from seats.”

E3 2023 Nintendo

Nintendo has always been a big part of E3, but rumor has it that the Big N will be skipping this year’s trade show. That’s according to IGN, who “has heard from multiple knowledgeable sources that Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo won’t be part of E3 2023 or have presence on the Los Angeles Convention Center showfloor.”

E3 has not been the powerhouse that it was since the coronvirus pandemic started in 2020. After attempting an online-only version in 2021, the show was scrapped entirely for 2022. Now E3 is looking to make a big return for 2023, but if none of the console manufactures are there, that would certainly hurt.

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OMORI Basil Nendoroid

Good Smile is wrapping up production on its brand new OMORI Nendoroid for Basil, and has shared a release date and photos while also opening pre-orders.

Basil is one of the main characters of the game. His Nendoroid has a few face plates, including ones for neutral, happy, and distressed. There are also optional parts for a flower part and camera. The figure also comes with a stand, which is needed as it doesn’t stand on its own.

Cat Mario Super Mario Bros Movie

Another clip has come online for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and it includes a first look at Cat Mario plus Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong.

The scene in question stems from the second trailer in which Mario and Donkey Kong are battling it out. Originally, we saw that Mario was getting the beatdown. However, in today’s clip, it turns out that he turns the tide with a power-up. After hitting the Question Block, Mario takes on his Cat Mario form.

Klonoa origins

Klonoa series director Tsuyoshi Kobayashi has provided new insight into how the franchise came to be. Kobayashi spoke about this in a recent issue of Lost In Cult.

Interestingly, Bandai Namco was originally working on a game that would have been based on a different IP. However, after that didn’t work out, they had to replace the characters. That led the team to hold an internal competition to create a new character that would eventually become Klonoa.

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