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

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak Co., Ltd. have grabbed yet another trademark in Japan. This time around it's for "かみなり" (hiragana)/雷 (kanji), which means thunder/lightning in English. This trademark applies to trading cards, but isn't directly related to video games.

GameStop offering full refund for Super Mario Maker 2 players that return the game within 48 hours

Certain GameStop stores are allowing customers to purchase Super Mario Maker 2 with a special money-back guarantree. If a player purchases the game on the day of its launch (June 28) and wishes to return it, then GameStop will offer a full refund as long as the game is returned within 48 hours of purchase. (until June 30 at midnight). So for those of you that were unsure as to whether or not you wanted to try out Super Mario Maker 2, this could be your opportunity to experience the game! 

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Nintendo opening retail location in Israel

How exciting!

Nintendo continues to expand their efforts around the world, and their latest stop appears to be Israel. Nintendo will be opening an official retail store on June 24th, 2019, and it will be located in the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, the capital city of Israel. Hopefully some pictures of the location will be shared soon!

Wowow announces special opportunity to stream Pokemon movies

So many movies!

Wowow, a Japanese TV show streaming service, is kicking off a Pokemon movie campaign in July 2019. Starting July 6th, 2019, Wowow Prime members can watch a special show to commemorate the upcoming release of Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION. The original Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back will be available to stream as well.

On July 20th, 2019, 12 Pokemon movies will be available for streaming for Wowow Cinema members, and another 18 Pokemon movies will go live in August 2019.

Pokemon Store Tokyo Station celebrating 1-year anniversary of Tokyo Gourmet Zone

Time to celebrate!

The Pokemon Store at Tokyo Station is going to be hosting a special campaign to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Tokyo Gourmet Zone. Running from July 13th to 15th, 2019, the Station Master Pikachu mascot will appear at a meet-and-greet for 15-minute increments. On top of that, 1,000 special lunch mats will be given out free of charge. Finally, on June 28th, June 29th, June 30th, July 6th, July 7th, July 20th, July 21st, July 27th, and July 28th, 5,000 special drink coasters will be given out for free.

Uniqlo reveals Poke Ball-themed shopping bag

Bag it

Uniqlo will be selling Pokemon T-shirts designed by fans as part of the Uniqlo T-Shirt Grand Prix 2019 competition. When that shirt line comes out, Uniqlo will be offering a special Pokemon-themed bag as well. As you can see above, the bag will feature a Poke Ball design on both front and back.

Animation studio behind the Castlevania Netflix series starts 'For Your Consideration' Emmy campaign

Could it win?

There's no doubt that the Castlevania series on Netflix is one of the best game adaptations of all-time. It's an adaptation done right, and has been met with great reviews from critics and fans alike. That probably has at least something to do with Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind the series, starting a 'For Your Consideration' Emmy campaign. This obviously means Netflix is on board as well, as they're the ones who'd have to submit the series for consideration. We'll have to cross our fingers and see what happens!

Official Professor Layton Twitter account is teasing something related to Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box


As seen above, the official Professor Layton Twitter account is teasing some sort of news concerning Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. The image above is a Molentary Railway Express ticket, which is the name of a train in Diabolical Box. There was an HD version of the game released on smartphones in Japan awhile back, but it never saw stateside release. This could be for a localization of that project, or perhaps something new altogether.

Man in Japan caught smuggling Ecstasy shaped like Wario


27-year-old Satoshi Kishimoto is in a bit of trouble. He was found to be carrying 2 baggies full of Ecstasy while wandering around Tokushima, Japan, and brought in by the police on smuggling charges. As you can see above, the Ecstasy pills were shaped like Wario. I think this goes without saying, but Nintendo had absolutely nothing to do with this drug's creation.

Level-5 officially announces their appearance at Anime Expo 2019

Localizations incoming?

Yesterday we shared a breakdown of the game-related panels at Anime Expo 2019, and Level-5 was included in the list. Level-5 has taken to Twitter to reconfirm that news, making sure all their followers know that it's the first time they're appearing at the event. While they might have game news to share, it's also very likely they'll have localization news on anime as well. With The Snack World and Professor Layton' series ripe for the picking, it could be a great panel for Level-5 fans. Check out the official blurb on the company's panel below.

Level-5 Presents: Inazuma Eleven Ares and More! – From the creators of Yo-kai Watch, Ni no Kuni, and Professor Layton, take it to the top with the super dimensional, action soccer series, Inazuma Eleven Ares! Join the Level-5 team to celebrate, learn, and discuss everything about this epic franchise from the anime to the games! You never know what other surprises we’ll have in store.


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