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We’re sad to report that voice actor Brad Venable has passed away. He was 43 years old.

Venable played the roles of Nader and Kostas in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He was involved in other Nintendo-published titles as well, including Fire Emblem Heroes (as Cormag), Detective Pikachu (as Max Warhol and Gino Farina), Pokemon Masters (Clay), Daemon X Machina (Gloom), and Sushi Striker (Franklin).

A number of voice actors have expressed their sadness about hearing of Venable’s passing on social media. We’ve rounded up just a few of their responses below.

Kirby Super Star Gourmet Race figure

It’s been a few months since we first heard about the new Kirby Super Star Gourmet Race figure. MegaHouse provided an update today, and it comes with a finalized look.

Whereas the initial reveal was in prototype form, the figure now has its full color. The height clocks in at about 180mm.

The Kirby Super Star Gourmet Race figure is due out this July in Japan. View a new set of photos below.

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A new piece of Pokemon merchandise is on the way, and it looks pretty incredible.

Gengar fans will be happy to hear about the newest Bandai-P product. The company is coming out with a cushion featuring a roll out blanket tongue. The dimensions are H48×W55×D53 cm with the tongue at roughly 170cm long.

Pricing for the cushion is set at 25,950 yen, or about $250. It should ship in June 2021.

Here are a few additional photos:


When Ask Iwata was announced for an English release a few months back, we heard that it was on track for Spring 2021. Viz Media has now set a final release date.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Microsoft has been going strong with the Xbox brand for a few generations of hardware. Originally though, the company could have pursued a much different path.

Revealed as part of a feature from Bloomberg, it turns out that Microsoft originally approached various companies about acquisitions two decades ago, including Nintendo. But when the two sides met, Nintendo was “just laughing” the entire time. That’s according to Kevin Bachus, the former director of third-party relations at Microsoft.

Here’s the full excerpt from Bloomberg:

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Nintendo has unveiled a new website for Super Nintendo World a month before the theme park’s opening at Universal Studios Japan.

The website contains an overview of several attractions and park features, including Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, Yoshi’s Adventure, interactive elements, the Power-Up Band, restaurants, and merchandise available for purchase.

You can visit the new website here.

Super Nintendo World is just a month out from its official opening at Universal Studios Japan. Ars Technica has now shared a bunch of additional information about the Power-Up Band and how they work inside the theme park.

Here’s the full rundown:

After an agreement in which Nintendo has obtained 100 percent of the company’s shares, Next Level games has now become a subsidiary. The deal closes on March 1st, making the Vancouver, Canada company fully-owned by Nintendo. As developers of titles like Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Super Mario Strikers Charged, as well as the more recent Luigi’s Mansion 3, it is clear that the team will be put to good use. Here is the full statement from Nintendo regarding the new acquisition:

Street Fighter Alpha 2 - Shin Akuma

After 25 years, it’s been discovered that Shin Akuma can be unlocked in Street Fighter Alpha 2.

Gizaha, a modder, was looking to reverse engineer the game’s code in hopes of improving performance. In doing so, he came across a series of steps that lets players access Shin Akuma. While the character appeared as a secret boss character, it wasn’t until recently that the unlock method was made known.

Follow the steps below to play as Shin Akuma in Street Fighter Alpha 2 on the SNES:

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It’s been three decades since the original release of Sonic the Hedgehog. This week though, there was a major discovery related to the game. Despite how long its been since the 1991 launch, a new prototype popped up online.

Here are some of the notable changes, courtesy of MondoMega:

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