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Nintendo grabs 'Poke Plush' trademark in Japan

So squishy!

Nintendo has filed for a new Pokemon-related trademark in Japan. The company is looking to secure the term 'Poke Plush,' which will apply to items like toys, cloth toys, plush toys, dolls, toy dolls, toys for pets, and game equipment. As for seeing any actual items using this name, we'll have to hang tight for a bit.

Pokemon anime teaser may show Ash as the Alola League champion

Can Ash finally pull off a win?

After over 1,000 episodes and 22 years of the Pokemon anime, is Ash finally going to have his moment in the sun? A teaser was shown for upcoming episodes of the Pokemon anime series, and in the image above, you can see Ash holding a trophy. Is Ash actually going to come out as the Alola League Champion, finally breaking his losing streak? I guess we'll find out if this is a genuine teaser of something to come, or a red herring in the near future!

Pokemon TCG: Tag All Stars revealed

Tag, you're it!

The Pokémon Company has revealed the next Pokémon Trading Card Game set to launch in Japan, and it's coming on Oct. 4th, 2019. This set is called "Tag All Stars," and it'll likely be quite some time before we see this set make its way to the states. We'll keep tabs on new details for Tag All Stars in the coming weeks.

Guy Fieri celebrates Videogames Day with a Mario tribute

That's a spicy meme

Did you know that today is Nation Videogames Day? I didn't know until minutes ago, when I saw this celebration of the day from Guy Fieri. Talk about a guy who embraces the meme! I say good for him, and Mario has never looked...better?

Allegations of mistreatment and misconduct at Nicalis surface

Nicalis has worked on a number of titles for Nintendo platforms over the years, starting with the Wii and moving all the way up to the Switch. The company is certainly one of the bigger indie publishers on Switch today, and they've worked with a number of developers to bring experiences to the platform. Unfortunately, it seems that many who worked with Nicalis, both inside the company and through partners, have experienced some rather unpleasant circumstances.

Kotaku has put together a report on the inner-workings of Nicalis, specifically coming from Tyrone Rodriguez, the company's founder and president. Under cover of anonymity, a number of former employees have accused Rodriguez of mental abuse and mistreatment. There have also been claims of Rodriguez using racist terms and phrases on numerous occasions. These claims are backed up by Skype logs of conversations showing Rodriguez using extremely distasteful language.

There have also been allegations of Nicalis ghosting devs and pubs during negotiations for publishing. Apparently, a number of
teams were looking to work with Nicalis to get their games out on various platforms, but those deals never came to be due to Nicalis going radio silent for weeks, if not months.

A Nicalis spokesperson has offered up one response to all the allegations, and have said that they won't be commenting further on the matter. You can see that statement below.

Developing and publishing games is a dream for the staff of nearly 20 that work at Nicalis, Inc. Some of our team have been with the company almost a decade and we work hard to create an environment where we treat our team members with respect. They are what make the company.

We do not condone abusive workplace environments or discrimination and have people from all walks of life. We hope for the continued success of our internal team and our external developers.

Regarding the companies under mutual NDA with Nicalis, Devolver (publisher of Enter the Gungeon) and The Game Bakers (developer of Furi), we can only comment that we do not have any signed publishing agreements with them and never have.

Kotaku's report on the matter goes into much greater detail on the situation. You can read the full feature here.

Thanks to all who sent this in.

The Game Awards 2019 set for Dec. 12th, 2019

What will Nintendo have to show?

The Game Awards always have something to show Nintendo fans, and I'm sure 2019 is going to be no different. Host and creator Geoff Keighley has announced that this year's installment of the Game Awards is set to take place on Dec. 12th, 2019. We're used to seeing Reggie at the show each year, along with some special Nintendo announcements. Will Doug Bowser continue the tradition?

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Nintendo's Six Months Earnings Release for Fiscal Year 2019 set to take place on Oct. 31st, 2019

Get ready for lots of charts and weird investor questions!

Looking for the next big event from Nintendo that might give some insight as to what's coming down the pipeline? The Big N has confirmed that their Six Months Earnings Release for Fiscal Year 2019 is set to drop on Oct. 31st, 2019. For those who don't know, the first night of this event will be basic sales data and a release schedule. Day 2 brings us a presentation by Nintendo, as well as an investor Q&A. If there's any hope of new details on upcoming projects, day 2 is where it's at.

Reggie Fils-Aime to host a keynote address at SXSW 2020

Reggie takes the stage

Reggie Fils-Aime may be retired, but he's sure keeping busy! Not only is he lined up to teach classes at Cornell, he'll also be giving a keynote speech at SXSW 2020. The contents of Reggie's speech haven't been revealed, but he'll no doubt be talking about his time at Nintendo. Hopefully the keynote gets streamed online!

Japanese visual-novel, One-Way Ticket, is releasing on Switch next week

One-Way Ticket from publisher Zodiac Interactive is making it's way to Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 19th. The game will have English support, and can easily be downloaded in the west for ¥750. A 991 MB download is required.

Nintendo UK Community Manager James Bowden is leaving Nintendo for RARE

Bowing out

Nintendo UK Community Manager James Bowden has announced via Twitter that he's moving on from his time at Nintendo. Mr. Bowden has been at Nintendo for 4 years now, and his outreach has helped countless members of the press, as well as fans alike. A successor to Mr. Bowden has not been named, and Bowden has confirmed that he's moving over to RARE.

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