Nintendo Dream readers once again pick Kirby as their favorite character

Kirby remains undefeated

It's that time once again to take a look at who Nintendo Dream readers have chosen as their favorite character. The most recent issue of the magazine once again shows that Kirby has taken the lead. I don't know what Nintendo character out there even has a chance at taking Kirby down!

Kirby (Kirby) – 141pt
Link (The Legend of Zelda) – 105pt
Mario (Super Mario) – 102pt
Pikachu (Pokémon) – 91pt
Luigi (Super Mario)
Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
Yoshi (Super Mario)
Eevee (Pokémon)
Inkling (Splatoon)

Nintendo Tokyo set to open on Nov. 22nd, 2019

The grand opening is set

After much discussion and speculation, we finally have a date for the grand opening of Nintendo Tokyo. The store, which will be on the sixth floor of SHIBUYA PARCO in Tokyo, will open its doors on Nov. 22nd, 2019. Fans can pop in to purchase Nintendo hardware/software, as well as merchandise. It's the perfect place to visit alongside the Pokémon Center SHIBUYA, which will also be on the sixth floor!

Pokemon TCG 'Alter Genesis' set announced for Japan

Alter Genesis does

The Pokémon Company has revealed the next Pokémon Trading Card Game set in Japan, and it's set for launch on Sept. 6th, 2019. This set is called Alter Genesis, and is the twelfth and final set in the Sun & Moon saga. The set will focus on Pokémon such as Ultra Beasts and the Legendary Pokémon from Sinnoh.

Nintendo, Creatures Co., and Game Freak file for 'grass' trademark in Japan

Your ass is grass

Nintendo, Creatures Co., and Game Freak are up to something with their latest trademark in Japan. The three companies are looking to grab a trademark for “grass” in Japan. This trademark will apply to game accessories, trading cards, and more. It'll be interesting to see if the three manage to secure this one!

Monumental Pokémon TCG Matches Ahead at 2019 Worlds

A recap of day 1

Washington, D.C. is alive with epic battles and exciting storylines as the city plays host to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. Day 1 has concluded, but there's more Pokémon action in store throughout the weekend. On Saturday, this season's top players from the Europe, Oceania, Japan, Latin America, and North America rating zones will take on the players who successfully emerged from the first day of competition. Pokémon TCG skills and strategies will be tested, and the field will be whittled down to just the finalists in each division.

The second day of the 2019 World Championships kicks off on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Before you jump in, let's catch you up on the highlights from Day 1.

Check out the full recap of day 1 here

Nintendo's iQue Subsidiary is transitioning into game development

iQue heads in a new direction

iQue Ltd. is a 100%-owned Nintendo subsidiary in China that was originally put together to sell versions of Nintendo products under a custom iQue-branded hardware. As Nintendo is now looking to make a bigger push into China with the Switch, the iQue brand/efforts aren't really needed anymore. What's the iQue gang going to do from here on out? It looks like they're shifting over to actual game development.

iQue is currently looking to hire both game programmers and testers to work on projects for Nintendo, although we don't have info on any specific games at this time. They'll most likely work in assisting Nintendo's other teams on projects before they crank something out themselves. We'll have to keep tabs on Nintendo's future releases to see if the iQue name pops up in the credits!

Thanks to ThatWaluigiDude for the heads up!

Pokemon Co. releases official Mew and Mewtwo...hats?

The next step in fashion

We've all had a point in our lives where we wanted to dress up like Mew or Mewtwo, right? Well now you can make that dream come true with the officially-licensed Mew and Mewtwo...hats? I don't know what else to call them, but you get the point.

These hats are made of the same material that Pokemon plush are made of, so you should be able to wear these for hours and hours without discomfort. Why not just wear them as part of your day-to-day routine? Nothing would make those around you more happy!

Pokemon Co. teams with Salim Group to expand the reach of the Pokemon TCG in Indonesia

Localized in Indonesian for the first time

The Pokemon Company and Indonesian conglomerate Salim Group have announced an official partnership to sell Pokemon Trading Card Game cards in Indonesia. This partnership will help expand the reach of the Pokemon TCG by selling the cards via Salim Group’s 17,000 Indomaret convenience stores and KFC locations. This will also be the first time the Pokemon TCG will be localized in the Indonesian language.

Contra and Bomberman board game adaptations in the works

Konami branches out

Ready for some more Contra and Bomberman action? Both brands are returning, but in a unique way. Konami Cross Media NY has signed licensing agreements with Blacklist Games and IDW Games to create board game adaptations of both franchises, and they're due out in North America sometime in 2020.

Blacklist Games and the Kess Co. are developing a cooperative board game based on Contra, which will include tactical, card-driven gameplay and detailed miniatures.

“We’re extremely excited with this opportunity to work with an iconic property like ‘Contra,’ and having Blacklist Games create an immersive board game that captures the essence of ‘Contra’’s action-packed experience.” - Alex Kessler, founder and chief executive, Kess Co.

IDW Games will be working on Bomberman-branded board games, card games, puzzles and collectible pins.

“Super Bomberman R’s epic battling and colorful characters translate well into the multi-player board game we’ve envisioned. We hope fans will embrace the opportunity to discover that when the game debuts.” - Jerry Bennington, vice president, new product development, IDW games

Nintendo of America has updated their support website

Nintendo of America has recently updated their support website with a new design. The new page now lists Nintendo's products more vertically, and certain chacters, such as Luigi, will occasionally appear. The old version of the website has been archived, but entering Nintendo's new customer support page will direct consumers to the new version of the page.


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