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Yo-kai Watch 4

GamesIndustry is reporting today that “Level-5 appears to have all but shuttered its North American operations.” Having spoken with “multiple sources familiar with the matter”, the site says that Level-5 International America and Level-5 Abby began winding down operations in mid-2019, “part of which included laying off the majority of both offices’ staff.”

Level-5 continues to conduct almost all of its business in Japan, though it’s unknown what the status is of future localizations. A source that spoke with GamesIndustry claims that “there were currently no concrete plans for any more Level-5 games to be released outside of Japan.”

Yo-kai Watch 4 was announced for western release in July 2019. However, there have been no official updates since then regarding a localized version for North America and Europe.



Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo

Last month, Nintendo revealed Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, a new version of the Wii U game for Switch. As part of that, two new amiibo are on the way. Nintendo is creating figures for Cat Mario and Cat Peach.

We know that these amiibo will be offered individually in North America. However, Nintendo is taking a different approach in Europe in Japan as they’ll be sold together in both regions. You can see what the packaging looks like above.

The Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo, along with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, launch on February 12, 2021.


Pokemon logo

The Pokemon Company generated $2.98 billion in 2018. That number went up to $4.2 billion in 2019, according to License Global.

2019 was one of the biggest years yet for Pokemon. The franchise saw Detective Pikachu in movie theaters and the launch of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield on Switch. We’d also be remiss if we failed to mention Pokemon GO, which continues to be a monster success. The IP is represented in many areas with the trading card game, toys, apparel and accessories, designer collaborations, tech gear, home decor, and more.

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IGN has shared a new video for the Monster Hunter movie in which director Paul W.S. Anderson showcases his film adaptation’s versions of Diablos and Rathalos to Capcom game series’ director Kaname Fujioka and producer Ryozo Tsujimoto for their approval. View it below.

The new Monster Hunter movie will debut in December.

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta show off the new Side Stories mode in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Check out the full episode below.


We have a few new photos of the next round of Super Smash Bros. amiibo. Aside from high resolution images of Banjo & Kazooie, Byleth, and Terry, images are in also showing their packaging.

Here’s the full set:


Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studios currently has two Ori games under its belt. But could we see more additions to the series, be it with
prequels or spin-offs? Art director Jeremy Gritton isn’t ruling out the possibility.

Speaking with IGN, Gritton said:

Tokyo Game Show 2020

Tokyo Game Show went fully online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s unclear what the state of the world will be like in 2021, but show organizers are planning on having next year’s expo in person.

The Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association has announced that TGS 2021 will take place between September 30 and October 3. It will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

As for TGS 2020 Online, the Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association says that the event earned 31,606,942 total views.




With Nintendo pulling Pikmin Short Movies from the 3DS and Wii U eShops, the full set of videos has now been made officially available on YouTube. We’ve rounded them up below.

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Universal Studios Japan has announced that Super Nintendo World aims to be open to the public in Spring 2021. With the threat of COVID-19 still looming, the park has taken the health and safety of its employees and visitors very seriously, with strict hygiene measures in place to ensure enjoyment and mitigate fears of contracting the virus.

A café area outside the main Super Nintendo World area will be open as of October 16th, with food and drinks themed after both Mario and Luigi. In addition, a merchandise store area will be available with items that can only be found at Super Nintendo World, including a lineup of items featuring a “Whose Cap?” design. This shop can be found in the Hollywood Boulevard area of the park, so visitors can experience it despite the main attractions not being finished yet.

Super Nintendo World will initially debut in Japan. However, it will open at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore later on.  Check the gallery below to see a mock-up of the planned layout for shops as well as items to be available for sale:


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