Nintendo, Creatures Co., and Game Freak file for 'VSTAR' trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and Game Freak Inc. have applied for a new trademark in Japan. The trademark is for the term "VSTAR," and it's tied to the Toy category. More specifically, it is related to “game equipment”, “board games”, “playing cards”, “toys”, and 20 other similar applications. We'll have to hang tight for more info before we see what this trademark is actually used for.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel begins production in March 2021

Revving up

The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie turned out to be quite a hit, both in terms of revenue and fan response. That's why Paramount was quick to greenlight a sequel, and work on that project is kicking off early next year.

We've learned that production on the film will officially kick off in Canada come March 2021. The codename for the film is "Emerald Hill," and production should run from March 15th to May 10th, 2021. Unfortunately, there's no word on what direction the story will take at this time, and we don't know who's returning from the first film.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

Enjoy Feast-Themed Entertainment with Pokémon the Series on Pokémon TV

A group of food-themed episodes

Pokemon Co. has put together a new collection of Pokemon anime episodes that you can enjoy on the Pokemon TV app. This time around, we have a group of episodes that are food-themed. You have until December 4th, 2020 to enjoy this curated lineup of episodes, so don't miss out!

The art of the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Vivid Voltage expansion

So many gorgeous designs

There are over 185 cards in the Pokemon TCG Sword and Shield—Vivid Voltage expansion. That's a lot of cards, and a lot of new artwork as well! In order to showcase some of the beautiful visuals these cards feature, Pokemon Co. has put together a feature sharing some of their favorites. Get a look at some of the cards you might pull in the feature here.

Kirby Muteki! Suteki! Closet collection getting new wave of plushies

Kirby your enthusiasm!

5 new plush toys are being added to the "Kirby Muteki! Suteki! Closet" collection in Japan. Each adorable Kirby will be individually priced at ¥1,500 ($14.99 USD), and feature Kirby in three of his iconic copy abilities, alongside him dressed as two of the game's most infamous bosses. The Cutter, Sleep, Cook, King Dedede, and Marx Kirby plushies are set to be released in April 2021. As with the rest of the collection, Western importing will likely be available through Play-Asia.

Re-Ment announces Pokémon Stained Glass Collection

I'll raise my glass to this!

Japanese toy company Re-Ment has revealed a new line of Pokémon collectable figures set for release in April 2021. The "Stained Glass Collection" includes Pikachu (1), Mew (2), Ho-Oh (3), Lugia (4), Umbreon (5), and Gardevoir (6). These won't be available outside of Japan, so unless you live in the region, you'll need to order them from a website that specializes in importing.

Nintendo Magazine 'Winter 2020' issue now available online, includes 100 pages of glorious advertisements

The holiday season is upon us!

Nintendo's Winter 2020 issue of their magazine has been released online for free. Including a plethora of new advertisements, festive Nintendo-themed photos, and even a couple new Mario renders (shown on the cover and the back), there is 100 total pages of goodies to feast your eyes on. Although it's only available in Japanese, you can scan through the entire magazine here.

Thanks to CartridgeGames for the heads-up!

Monster Hunter movie release date bumped up to Dec. 25th, 2020

Merry Xmas, Monster Hunters!

For the second time now, the Monster Hunter movie has gotten a new, earlier release date. Last time the date got changed, we learned the film would be launching on Dec. 30th, 2020. Now Sony has confirmed that the movie has been moved up another 5 days, so it'll be in theaters come Dec. 25th, 2020. Let's see if that date manages to hold, or if another bump up takes place before then!

The Game Awards 2020 nominees announced, Animal Crossing: New Horizons nominated for Game of the Year

It's time to vote!

Geoff Keighley has announced all the nominees for The Game Awards 2020, which will air live on Thursday, December 10th. A few Nintendo games have been nominated this year, including three nominations for Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Game of the Year, Best Family, Best Multiplayer), one for Paper Mario: The Origami King (Best Family), and one for Mario Kart LIVE: Home Circuit (Best Family).

Premium Bandai reveals USB-powered Kirby heating plushie for Japan

This is the ultimate body pillow!

Kirby is right back at ya... for some hugs! Premium Bandai has announced a Kirby plushie that's perfect for relaxation or that dreaded feeling of loneliness. Through the power of USB technology, Kirby's tummy will warm up to 42° ~ 46° in just about 30 seconds for maximum comfort. The heating function will turn off automatically after 1 hour to insure safety. Priced at 5,480円 JPN (about $53 USD), pre-orders are currently available, and you can check out the Japanese listing here.


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