Harvey Atkin, voice actor for King Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons, passes away

Harvey Atkin, the unmistakable voice of King Koopa from the old Super Mario Bros. cartoons, has passed away. He was 74 years old.

For as long as I live, I'll always hear that voice in my head when I think about the show. I know the cartoon wasn't really all that great, but Harvey's voice was definitely one of the strongest and most memorable in the cast.

Target both confirms and isn't sure if they'll have SNES Classic Preorders

I mean, I don't even know what to say. One tweet says they'll have preorders. The later tweet says they don't have any info on preorders. Maybe they just mean they don't have info on a date when preorders will open?

Pokemon GO - Lugia unlocked & available in Raid Battles for 48 hours, Articuno announced as the next Legendary

- increased spawns at GO Fest will be widened to 2 miles for the duration of the weekend
- players who did not attend the event will not get the increased Pokémon spawns and Pokémon Egg drops
- all Pokémon GO Fest bonuses were unlocked at Gold, activating them all for the next 48 hours
- Lugia is unlocked and will be available in Raid Battles worldwide in the next 48 hours
- all GO Fest attendees will receive a Lugia
- Articuno is the next Legendary Pokémon to be released

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 623 records LIVE at 3:15 PM ET

We're back to the usual podcast setup this week, and I couldn't be more happy. Doing the podcast from our vacation rental last week was...less than optimal. Good to be home and back into the normal swing of things!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - ending theme details, more recording session pics

Check out more pics here

Ending theme

- composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
- will contain English lyrics
- song will convey the meaning of character relationship

Nomura "honored" to work on Xenoblade Chronicles 2, more characters to be revealed

The following info comes from a Famitsu interview with Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura...

- Nomura considers Monolith Soft boss Tetsuya Takahashi to be like a master
- Takahashi acted as a mentor and helped guide Nomura back when they were both at Square Enix
- Nomura says it was an honor to be offered the role to work on Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- aside from the two characters we’ve already seen so far, there are even more who haven’t been revealed
- Nomura designed them by thinking about the personalities of each character, their weapons, etc
- the work Nomura did for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 finished quite awhile ago

Shantae CharaGumin figure - preorders open, tons of pics

Check out more pics and preorder yours here (delivers Aug. 18th)

Long-awaited Shantae, heroine of the hit action/adventure video game series developed by the US company WayForward Technologies, having passionate fans in Japan is now a resin kit figure!

- Look at her charming pose that embodies the original pop and exotic world of the game!
- Build with your hands this half-genie girl who keeps attracting gamers worldwide!!
- 2 kinds of eye-stickers included!! Each capturing a different era of Shantae!