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Nintendo death threats arrest

According to Kyoto Shimbun, the 1st Division and South Station of the Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested a 36-year-old female permatemp on suspicion of intimidation, after she sent death threats to a Nintendo executive. The woman was taken into custody on February 9.

Last June, the suspect is believed to have sent a package to the mailbox of a Nintendo executive at the company’s headquarters in south Kyoto. The package contained a bag of incense as well as documents foretelling a date and with writings such as “I-I’ll kill you” and “Die Nintendo!”

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Super Nintendo World menu

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood is almost ready for its grand opening, and we now have a rundown of the menu players can expect at the Toadstool Cafe.

The cafe features a giant red-capped mushroom exterior and a lavish interior adorned with an array of larger-than-life mushroom décor and iconic green pipes. The signature restaurant is helmed by Chef Toad himself. 

Nintendo Direct threat California State University Fullerton

The California State University Fullerton is being extra cautious today after a student sent an email to their professor asking for class to be cancelled “for the good of humanity” due to the Nintendo Direct presentation airing later today.

While the individual later followed up and admitted it was a “bad joke”, it was still enough to put people on edge. The CSUF Police Department did believe the email to contain “a perceived vague threat”. Because of this, there’ll be more safety measures in place today at the campus “out of an abundance of caution”.

According to a Reuters report, Nintendo has confirmed that it plans to raise employee wages by 10 percent in Japan. This comes in spite of the company cutting its operating profit 4 percent to 480 billion yen ($3.6 billion) for the year to March 31.

Reuters notes that the wage increase “comes amid calls by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for Japanese companies to pay workers more as inflation takes hold in an economy used to years of deflation and stagnant wages, and as Japan prepares for its annual spring round of labor negotiations.” Also, by offering a higher salaries, Nintendo could add more talent to its wings which is important due to labor shortages stemming from a falling birth rate and low immigration in Japan.


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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