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Roppongi Hills Metro Hat gets a Pokemon the Movie: Coco makeover

Spreading the word

The Roppongi Hills Metro Hat in Tokyo, Japan is gearing up for Pokemon the Movie: Coco. To promote the upcoming film, the building has gotten a Pikachu makeover. You can see Pikachu's face on the outside of the building, and there's another banner for the film on the inside as well.

Yacht Club looking to higher another programmer to help on a 'new 3D project'

A new dimension of fun

While Yacht Club is well-known for their adventures in the 2D realm, it seems they're ready to move into the third dimension.

The company has shared a job listing for a "Mid to Senior Gameplay Programmer" that will be working on something 3D. You can see the official description below.

Yacht Club Games is working on a new 3D project and is building out our 3D team (and custom engine) to complement our existing 2D team. We are on the lookout to hire a capable mid to senior level gameplay programmer with a desire to build great gameplay experiences in a small, team-centered environment!

Unfortunately there's no mention of what the project is. Could it be the 3D Shovel Knight game the team has shown interest in, or something else altogether? We'll just have to sit back and wait for a reveal.

The Worlds Ends with You: The Animation set to stream via Funimation

Your home for the anime series

The Worlds Ends with You: The Animation isn't going to release until 2021, so we have some time to wait for the debut. When that debut does come along, it's going to be a worldwide affair, and Funimation has let everyone know that they'll be the place offering the streaming version of the show. The company will also be sharing new details about the anime as time rolls on, so look forward to that.

Bandai announces DigiFes 2020 Online and DigiNavi: Digimon News Navigation live-streams

Two events for Digimon fans to keep track of

Bandai has announced DigiFes 2020 Online, a special broadcast that includes video features, live videos, special talks, and more. The event takes place August 1, 2020 at 18:00 JST, and will be streamed on the Toei Animation YouTube channel.

Along with that, Bandai has announced a “DigiNavi: Digimon News Navigation” live-stream set for July 17th, 2020 at 20:00 JST. This will be streamed on YouTube, LINE, Twitter, and Niconico, and will feature the latest information on Digimon merchandise, anime-related news, and a “special announcement” at the end of the stream.

Denny's hosting special Pokemon promotion in Japan

Now THIS is what I call fine dining!

If you're a Pokemon fan in Japan, you might wanna take a visit to Denny's for an upcoming meal!

The restaurant will begin a special promotion starting July 10th for those who order either the “Omurice and Hamburger Plate” (¥1199) or “Okosama Fried Prawn Curry” (¥630). Upon purchasing one of these dishes until August 2020, you will receive a randomly selected Pokemon TCG card or an A5 clear file with a special design. Check out the two special sleeves being offered below!

Pokemon Center Japan reveals "Hello Ponyta" merch line

Got milk?

A new line of Pokemon merchandise is coming to Pokemon Center stores in Japan on July 18th, 2020! Dubbed "Hello Ponya", a variety of new products designed by Japanese fashion brand "MILKFED", with illustrations by James Turner (the art director for Sword and Shield), will become available. Check out everything being offered (including Nintendo Switch accessories) in the imgur gallery below!

EVO Online 2020 officially cancelled

Following multiple allegations of abuse by EVO president Joey Cuellar, EVO Online 2020 has officially been cancelled. You can see the organization's statement on the matter below.

Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first of a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company. Effective immediately, Joey Cuellar will no longer be involved with Evo in any capacity. We are working towards his complete separation from the company and have relieved him of all responsibilities.

Going forward, Tony Cannon will act as CEO; in this position, he will take a leadership role in prioritizing greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at our events.

Progress doesn’t happen overnight, or without the bravery of those who speak up against misconduct and injustice. We are shocked and saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making every change that will be necessary in making Evo a better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek. As a result, we will be canceling Evo Online and will work to issue refunds for all players who chose to purchase a badge. We will donate the equivalent of the proceeds as promised to Project HOPE.

Japanese arcade game 'Pokemon Gaole' being discontinued in Fall 2020

Goodnight, sweet Poké...

The Japanese Pokemon arcade game "Pokemon Gaole" will sadly be discontinued in Fall 2020, Takara Tomy has announced. This means the machines themselves will no longer operate, and production of any new cabinets will obviously come to an end. Membership services will close on September 30, 2020, so it seems likely the game itself will get its discontinuation around the same time. The date of shutdown will be dependent on the individual stores operating the machines.

【大切なおしらせ】
ポケモンガオーレをお楽しみいただきありがとうございます。
ガオーレはグランドラッシュ5弾をもって稼動終了となります。
終了時期は2020年秋頃を予定しております。
長らくお楽しみいただきましたお客様に心より深く御礼申し上げます。

Pikachu Sweets by Pokemon Cafe plushies announced for Japan

Don't you just wanna pinch their little electric cheeks?

Two new adorable Pikachu plushies (and 2 keychains) have been announced for the Pikachu Sweets by Pokemon Cafe store in Japan! Launching on July 4th 2020, you'll be able to purchase your new sweet and soft Pokemon companions for ¥2,200 (¥1,320 for the keychains) exclusively at Pokemon Cafe Tokyo, Pokemon Cafe Osaka, and Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo. Sadly, worldwide availability is currently unavailable, and it's unknown if an option will open up in the future.

Check out all the details on the Pokemon Center website here!

Banpresto releasing "Kirby Hat Studio" box, featuring items previously only available through Japanese lotteries

Look how cute Kirby is in his little hat!

In September of last year, a ichiban kuji (basically a Japanese in-store lottery) was held for exclusive Kirby Hat Studio products. While previously only obtainable in Japan, Banpresto has announced that they will be releasing a Premium Bandai box featuring some of the Kirby products from the collection! An all new 4.7" Kirby plush keychain will also be included.

Available from July 22nd until August 31st, the Premium Bandai Kirby Hat Studio Banpresto Box is priced at $29.99 with a January 2021 delivery date. Check out the pre-order page here!

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