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Niantic’s Pokémon GO never became available in China since its launch last summer and the reason for that is apparently the potential security risks that the Chinese state censor is foreseeing.

According to Reuters, Pokémon GO won’t be licensed in China until the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television evaluates the dangers of the augmented reality game in which players capture fictional creatures in the real world using a smartphone.

And they have reason to worry. Since Pokémon GO came out there has been a lot of news about car crashings, dead body findings and some types of crime related to it. Additionally, the censor is preoccupied about the implementation of Google Maps in order to track a player’s position, which is blocked in China.

When asked about this situation, a representative of Niantic told Kotaku that they are “focused elsewhere at the moment”. So it doesn’t seem like Niantic is obsessed about not being able to implement Pokémon GO in China.

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Throughout the Wii’s lifecycle, we saw various rip-offs of the console, many of which originated from China. We’ve moved on to Wii U now, but copycats continue to surface – like the “G20”.

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba and electronics company Xiao Bawang are teaming up to produce the new console. The system itself isn’t a complete Wii rip-off, but it does make use of a controller that possesses some blatant Wii Remote similarities.

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After considering the proposal last September, the Chinese government appears to be waning on their strict dislike for game console sales in their jurisdiction: As of this week, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are allowed to attempt to sell their latest-generation video gaming consoles (PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U) in China if they get specific government approval, which is looking likely at this point.

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The incredible Mario mural above is located at an elementary school in the city of Shenzhen. As for why it was put up, it’s said to give children something to aspire to and helps reduce fears about attending school. The school also puts a considerable amount of focus in anime and manga education, though it’s true that Mario is actually a video game.

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