CD Media named as Nintendo's official distributor in Turkey

Quite some time ago, the official distributor for Nintendo in Turkey decided to step away from their position. That left Nintendo without an official distributor in the country. Today that changes, as CD Media is stepping in to pick things up.

The following is an official statement from CD Media CEO Spiros Giamas.

"We are honored and proud to advise of our exclusive contract with NINTENDO for TURKEY...our new company CD Media Turkey based in Istanbul will soon provide Turkish Nintendo fans and consumers with all of the wonderful cutting edge Nintendo products,SWITCH,LABO,AMIBO etc and the full range of software.We will be providing Turkish language manuals,web site and technical support,all based on our current experience with Nintendo in the wider Balkan region. We are looking forward to supporting key local Turkish retail and independents with the full range of Nintendo consoles,accessories and games."

Japan - Lawson X Kirby collaboration locations go the extra mile with special sound effects

We detailed the Lawson X Kirby collaboration event going on at select Lawson convenience stores in Japan, but we didn't know about this detail! While you're browsing through all the special merch and tasty treats, the doors of each collab store will play special sound effects when people enter and exit! Fun for the customers, but I'm sure it's hell for the employees!

Official Kirby Japanese website adds free Photo Frame app

Want to make a beautiful image like the one above? The official Japanese site for Kirby has added in a Photo Frame app. You choose a frame, upload a pic, and then resize it to fit with the frame. You don't need to know any Japanese to make it work, and it's completely free!

Try it out here

Eevee to be a part of the Pikachu Mass Outbreak festivities

Earlier today, The Pokemon Company and Yokohama City announced Pikachu Mass Outbreak: Science is Amazing, a week long event taking place in Yokohama. We thought the event was focusing on Pikachu as it usually does, but the Pokemon Co. revealed that 20 Eevee mascots will be appearing as well. This is the first time Eevee will be at the event!

Pikachu Mass Outbreak event heading back to Yokohama City

- week long event featuring massive amounts of Pikachu dancing and parading through the streets of Yokohama
- theme for this year's event is “Science Is Amazing”
- for the first time ever, the event will take place during the day and night
- digital technology will be utilized during Pikachu Mass Outbreak performances in the evening
- over 1,500 Pikachu mascots will take part in the event
- will be held from August 10, 2018 to August 16
- events during the week include the Great Pikachu March and the Digital Splash Show
- in collaboration with Panasonic, an “Ocean Pikachu Parade” will be held for the very first time, with the use of Digital Technology

Capcom hosting Mega Man 30th anniversary concert in Japan

Mega Man 30th anniversary concert

- July 8th, 2018 at the Nakano ZERO Dai Hall in Tokyo
- will feature the best of famous and popular music from each Mega Man series
- Noriyuki Iwadare (composer of multiple Ace Attorney titles and Mega Man X7) is the main arranger for the concert
- will feature a performance by the “Mega Man 30th Anniversary Special Band” backed by video on a stage mega screen
- special talk with guest presenters
- the latest Mega Man news will be shared
- various goods that can only be purchased at the event
- tickets will cost 7,500 yen.

Live2D's new software adds Nintendo Switch support for Unity Engine

Live2D announced that they have released Live2D Cubism SDK for Nintendo Switch. For those unfamiliar, this is a software development kit that allows users to transfer various 2D assets into other Live2D software projects. Essentially, if a user creates a 2D image, the user can work with the 2D image without having to turn the 2D image into a 3D model. For example, Nintendo used some of these tools in order to work on Fire Emblem Fates

The new Nintendo Switch development kit works with Unity. Ideally, these new tools should allow for more Switch games to be developed in an easier fashion. The following quote comes from the Live2D developers:

Live2D Cubism SDK for Nintendo Switch is a runtime library for developing Nintendo Switch games on Unity game engine. The SDK allows developers to develop games with Live2D assets on Unity while leveraging on the console’s strong capability.

Pokemon Carnival event announced for Times Square Hong Kong

Pokemon Carnival event

- held at Hong Kong Times Square
- kicks off May 1st and runs to June 10th, 2018
- meet and take photos with Pikachu
- watch Pikachu dance performances
- play Pokemon themed booth games and video games
- free to enter

Guinness World Records to remove all of Billy Mitchell's records

Following yesterday's announcement of Twin Galaxies striking all of Billy Mitchell's records from their rankings, Guinness World Records has followed up by saying they'll be removing their world record listings for Mitchell as well.

“The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell’s highest scores on Donkey Kong have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our source of verification for these achievements.”

Mr. Mitchell is yet to respond to the events of the last two days. Prior to the removal of his records, Billy claimed all of his scores were legitimate, saying he didn't use emulation to achieve the records.

SEGA teases a special announcement for SEGA Fes 2018

No idea what it is or if it'll be related to Nintendo, but I figured it was important enough to bring to your attention! At least we won't have to wait long to find out what it is!