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Like many major gaming events, the plug was pulled on Evo 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In its place will be Evo Online, a different way for fans of fighting games to come together.

Five weekends of fighting games are planned. For the tournament’s original lineup, there will be “special exhibitions and content” – though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been cut. Additionally, four open online tournaments will be held for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, Killer Instinct, Them’s Fighting Herds, and Skullgirls 2nd Encore.

Here’s a promo video:


Square Enix

E3 2020 is undoubtedly the biggest gaming event of the year, especially when it comes to new announcements. But after the expo was cancelled due to the coronavirus, publishers were left scrambling and have been forced to reshuffle their plans. We’ve started to see some companies regroup with online events such as Ubisoft, but Square Enix won’t be included in that.

The company has confirmed that it won’t be hosting an online event to unveil upcoming releases for this year’s fiscal releases. Square Enix explained that making assets in time has become difficult because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Square Enix previously said it was “exploring other options” to share news about its games. It has now decided to announce new titles on an individual basis.


Ryu’s Office has announced Indie Live Expo 2020, a program that is “set to deliver the latest information on both published and not-yet-published indie titles.” It will be live streamed on the major broadcast platforms such as YouTube and Twitch at the following times:

Pokemon the Movie: Coco was originally set to debut in Japan on July 10. But due to the coronavirus, its premiere has been pushed back to an unspecified date. The Pokemon Company apologized in today’s announcement.

Zarude, a new Mythical Pokemon, will be making one of its first major appearances in Pokemon the Movie: Coco. It will eventually be offered in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. You can learn more about the creature in our previous post here.


Nintendo has a new hub on its website dedicated entirely to wallpapers. Fans can download images for over a dozen Switch games, including Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Mario, Zelda, Xenoblade, and more.

Here’s the full list:

Retro Studios

Retro Studios continues to staff up as the company develops Metroid Prime 4. It has added a number of VFX artists to its arsenal, including Adad Morales, who previously contributed to Battlefield Hardline and the cancelled Star Wars Ragtag project at EA’s now-shuttered Visceral studio. Morales is on board as Retro’s new VFX lead.

Another new hire is Bryan Erck, who worked on Shadow of the Tomb Raider as that game’s lead VFX artist. And after spending twelve years at Gearbox, Nicholas Wilson is now a senior VFX artist at Retro.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most companies have their employees working from home. That includes Illumination, the studio behind the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

Despite the change in work environment, Illumination is apparently very well equipped for the situation. All aspects of development, production, and marketing are being done remotely. Illumination has actually always been involved with remote work due to the daily collaboration of producers, artists, designs, editors, and more between their Paris and Santa Monica staff. A source told Deadline that the past two months have been “an extremely productive, innovative and creative time at the company.”

The Super Mario Bros. movie will arrive sometime in 2022. Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination founder Chris Meledandri are co-producing.


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With major gaming shows having been cancelled and postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ubisoft has announced it will host its first ever digital conference. The event, called Ubisoft Forward, is promised to be “an E3-style showcase with plenty of exclusive game news, exciting reveals, and much more.”

Ubisoft Forward will take place on July 12 at the following times:


Media Indie Exchange, in partnership with the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, will be producing a new event known as the Guerrilla Collective to act as another replacement for this year’s E3. Many game studios and publishers are coming together to showcase exclusive news, reveals, trailers, gameplay demos, and more. Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller will be hosting the event.

The Guerrilla Collective will feature the following companies:

My Nintendo has updated with a couple of new rewards. A pair of printable items are available, both of which are based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons rewards. You can pick up some Mother’s Day Coupons as well as gift tags.

Both of these rewards are located on My Nintendo here. They cost 50 Platinum Points each.

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