Pokemon and Daniel Arsham collaboration will be part of a Uniqlo lineup available April 24th, 2020

High fashion

Back in late February 2020, Pokemon Co. revealed a collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham. The collab features icons of the Pokemon franchise presented within the artist’s creative concept of “fictional archeology.” What we didn't know at the time was how this would all tie into merch. Today we have those details.

It seems Arsham's concept work will be turned into a series of merch available through Uniqlo. That most likely means we'll be seeing all sorts of apparel featuring Arsham's designs. The line-up will be made available starting April 24th, 2020, so we should get a good look at what items are included in the near future.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Famitsu most wanted for Mar. 26th to Apr. 1st, 2020

Breath of the voters

The latest Famitsu has revealed the most anticipated Switch games for the week of March 26th, 2020. For the second week in a row, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gets the most votes for Switch, with 530 voters eagerly awaiting the title. Bayonetta 3 from Platinum Games comes in at second place with 410 total voters. Check out the full list of most wanted Switch games from Famitsu readers below.

Nintendo pushes Fiscal Year Earnings Release to May 7th, 2020

Those waiting to hear the latest on Nintendo's financial information are going to have to wait a bit longer. Nintendo has announced that their Fiscal Year Earnings Release has been delayed, and it's now scheduled for May 7th, 2020. The delay has come about due to the coronavirus causing a state of emergency in Japan, which lifts in a month.

E3 2020 will not have an "online experience" in June,

The following information comes from an interview with an E3 representative over on PC-Gamer:

Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June.  Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months," the rep said. "We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences.

LEGO Mario Set already receives a negative review

The LEGO Mario Set is now available for pre-order, and someone has already felt the need post a review. This person has made it clear that he/she is a Sonic fan, and as such, the user has left a negative review to spite the fact that it is a Mario product. Hopefully this review will not impact the overall sales of the upcoming LEGO Mario product.

Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda comments on Japan coronavirus situation

All Pokemon Center/Store locations in Japan to temporarily close due to coronavirus

Nintendo TOKYO is closed due to a state of emergency over coronavirus, and Kirby Cafe TOKYO has done the same. Now Pokemon Co. is joining in with the temporary closures as well.

All Pokemon Center and Store locations in Japan are shutting down as of April 8th, 2020 in order to combat coronavirus. There is no timeframe for the locations when it comes to returning to normal business hours. Hopefully these efforts will help speed up the recovery process, and people will be able to return to normal activity in the near future.

Kirby Cafe TOKYO to close until further notice due to coronavirus

With Nintendo TOKYO closing for the foreseeable future, it's not surprising to see Kirby Cafe TOKYO doing the same. The cafe and store will be shuttering for the time being, and there's no set date for business to resume. The cafe is closing due to the state of emergency declared in the region.

Nintendo TOKYO closing for the foreseeable future due to coronavirus

Earlier today, Masahiro Sakurai noted that he would be working on Smash Bros. Ultimate from home, as a state of emergency has been called in TOKYO and six other prefectures. That state of emergency has lead to Nintendo TOKYO shuttering for the time being, as the Parco department store building Nintendo TOKYO is located in will be shutting down as well.

Nintendo TOKYO was already taking measures to ensure customers were safe from coronavirus. They were doing extra cleanings, limiting the amount of people in-store, and lessened their hours of operation. This latest step will obviously go a lot further in keeping people safe.

Nintendo warns customers of longer than usual repair times in Japan

While Nintendo of America's repair centers are closed due to coronavirus restrictions, things continue on as usual in Japan. That said, Nintendo is apparently getting a bit bogged down with their work, which is no doubt tied to coronavirus as well. The Big N has said that repairs are now taking longer than usual, leading to a wait of up to two weeks to get your hardware back.


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