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Devon Pritchard Nintendo of America

Today, Nintendo of America named Devon Pritchard as the company’s new executive vice president of sales, marketing and communications. This follows her tenure as the acting executive in that role since November 2021.

Pritchard has been with Nintendo of America for 16 years. She previously served as executive vice president of business affairs and publisher relations. More recently, Pritchard oversaw major Switch game launches, including Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and Nintendo Switch Sports. She’ll now oversee strategy and execution across the U.S. and Canada.

Thanatos Nendoroid Hades

Earlier this year, it was announced that a new Nendoroid was in production based on Thanatos from Hades. Good Smile has now followed up with additional information, including a release date.

Thanatos comes with two face plates. Along with a standard face, a smiling face is included as well. Buyers will also receive optional parts, including a scythe, the Pierced Butterfly keepsake, and Mort. It measures roughly 100mm in height and is sculpted by POLY-TOYS.

Klonoa Nendoroid

A new Nendoroid figure has been revealed, with the latest design featuring Klonoa. Currently we have a look at it in prototype form – check it out above. Max Factory shared the news on social media.

As fans will notice, Klonoa isn’t alone. It looks like he’ll be accompanied by Huepow, Klonoa’s best friend and the Prince of Cress.

E3 2023 ReedPop

Today, the Entertainment Software Association announced that E3 2023 will be run by ReedPop. ReedPop has handled PAX, EGX, Star Wars Celebration, and New York Comic Con.

The ESA and ReedPop are planning E3 2023 for the second week of June at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Along with digital showcases, in-person components are planned, which will be open to fans. Media registration will open later in the year.


pokemon retail sales 2021

License Global recently published its annual report covering the top global licensors, and it includes some news about Pokemon.

The report is designed to highlight the most powerful brand licensing programs at retail from 2021. Pokemon made the list at #5, up from #8 the previous year. The company’s retail sales also increased from $5.1 billion to $8.5 billion year-over-year.

Here’s the full list:


LEGO Super Mario The Mighty Bowser

Another product has been revealed for the LEGO Super Mario line – this time The Mighty Bowser building kit, and it’s dropping this year.

The kit “uses new-for-October-2022 LEGO elements to recreate the look of Bowser’s spikes and has many features, including a fireball launcher and a button to control Bowser’s head and neck movements.” Not only that, but his arms and fingers move as well. Users can open and close the mouth plus pose the arms, hands, and legs.

Japan public broadcaster NHK is reporting that Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, has passed away. He was 60 years old.

NHK says that on June 6, Takahashi was discovered floating in shallow waters off the coast of Nago City, Okinawa Island by the Japan Coast Guard. It’s unclear what happened at present, but he was wearing snorkeling equipment when found.

Cold Stone Nintendo Kirby Animal Crossing Mario Party

A new wave of Nintendo desserts are now available at Cold Stone based on Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Mario Party Superstars. They’re the Mighty Pink Puff, Island Getaway, and Superstar Sprinkle Blast respectively. All of this comes as part of the “Dream Team of Nintendo Creations”.

With the Mighty Pink Puff, you’ll be getting strawberry ice cream, strawberries, mini marshmallows, and caramel. The Island Getaway has chocolate ice cream, strawberries, banana, and whipped topping. Lastly, the Superstar Sprinkle Blast is comprised of cake batter ice cream, yellow cake, blue frosting, and rainbow sprinkles. We have a look at each one above.

Nintendo Russia business

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa as well as the company’s Satoru Shibata discussed the current business situation with Russia during its 82nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders last week.

Russian invaded Ukraine earlier this year. Following that, the payment provider for the eShop in Russia suspended transactions in Russian rubles, causing the store to be in maintenance mode since March 4. This, along with “logistical difficulties”, Furukawa said it is currently “not shipping any products, including physical products, to Russia.” Shibata did also say that the invasion and global inflation “have not greatly affected the progress of the Nintendo Switch business in Europe.”

Nintendo information leaks response

Nintendo has commented on initiatives it’s taking to deal with information leaks. President Shuntaru Furukawa shared a few words about this during the company’s 82nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

An investor asked about leaks seemingly in connection to the “Nintendo Gigaleak”. In recent years, information unexpectedly came to light stemming from console source code to development tools and game prototypes. Just a few of the findings can be found here, here, and here – there were many highlights such as Luigi once being planned for Super Mario 64. Many have assumed that the leaks had ties to iQue, a company founded in 2002 to facilitate the release of Nintendo products in China.

Furukawa said the following about how it’s dealing with leaks:

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