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Jeopardy! goes all-out with a full board of Pokemon categories

Pokemon for $400, Alex

Jeopardy! has paid tributes to games before, both with category names, and categories all about games. In today's game, they're going above and beyond with a full board of Pokemon-themed categories! It's likely that the 'Pokemon' category is the only one actually related to Pokemon, but we'll have to tune in tonight to find out for sure!

Thanks to RealMagitroopa for the heads up!

Geoff Keighley says last year's Game Awards moment with Nintendo/Microsoft/Sony reps on stage almost didn't happen

A truly memorable moment

Geoff Keighley, creator of the Game Awards, hosted a Reddit AMA to answer some questions from fans. One of those questions was about the special moment when Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Shawn Layden, and Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer came together on stage for a presentation. According to Keighley, that moment almost fell apart at the last minute.

“It was a dream of mine for a long time — since the first show. I asked all three of the guys personally and they agreed to do it, but it did take months of negotiations to make it happen. A few days before the show I thought it had fallen apart and I was really sad. But then magically it came back together. Producing these shows is always an emotional rollercoaster, but I’m really proud of that moment, and glad I was able to help make it happen.”

What we don't hear is what almost caused the entire idea to get scrapped. I'd love to hear the behind-the-scenes story on that!

Remembering Satoru Iwata on what would have been his 60th birthday

R.I.P.

If Satoru Iwata were still alive, he would be celebrating his 60th birthday today. Sadly, he was taken from us far too soon, and the world of Nintendo has been in mourning ever since. While Iwata is still sorely missed, let's use this occasion to celebrate the man and his many accomplishments. I have just one story that sticks with me all these years later

While I never had the chance to interview Mr. Iwata, I did happen upon him at an event. I honestly don't even remember what the event was, but if I had to guess, I'd say it was a GDC many years ago. I desperately wanted to say hello to Mr. Iwata, as did many others. He was being inundated by people, all asking for autographs, pictures, and more. He had a smile on his face the entire time, and was more than happy to fulfill requests.

Instead of adding one more person to the pile, I decided to let Mr. Iwata wade through the sea of people who were hoping to have a moment with him. Right at the end of the mob, Mr. Iwata walked right by me. I looked over at him and let out a simple "hello," to which he waved, smiled back, and responded with an enthusiastic "hi!" before leaving the building. It was just a one-second interaction, but in that moment, I really got to see how genuine Iwata was in everything he did. It's a great memory to have now that he's gone, and one I'll always cherish.

Various Nintendo America internships now available

Start your Nintendo career today!

Are you a college student hoping to land a job with Nintendo when you've graduated? Nintendo America has the perfect opportunity right now, as they've opened a bunch of different internships for college students. Jobs include everything from different areas of game creation, to social media management, finance, and more. Check out the entire lineup here.

My Nintendo Holiday Sweepstakes 2019 kicks off today

Good luck, members!

From December 5-14, My Nintendo members can enter once per day for a chance to win a daily prize pack. Plus, every entry also counts as a chance to win one of four grand prize packages. The more days you enter, the more chances you get, so be sure to come back!

If you want to get in on the special offers and hopefully come away a winner, you can get more details on the campaign here.

Apartment Hotel Mimaru x Pokemon collab announced

Enjoy your stay!

Japanese hotel chain Apartment Hotel Mimaru and The Pokemon Company have announced a Pokemon Room collaboration set to start in Japan on Dec. 24th, 2019. This collab will see Pokemon-themed rooms appear at the 5 major Apartment Hotel Mimaru locations listed below.

- MIMARU Tokyo Ueno EAST
- MIMARU Tokyo Hatchobori
- MIMARU Kyoto Shinmachi Sanjo
- MIMARU Kyoto Station
- MIMARU Kyoto Kawaramachi Dori St & Gojo-Dori St (the hotel opens February 6, 2020)

More details on what the collaboration will offer are coming on Dec. 18th, 2019, the day reservations can be booked.

Another actor revealed for the Mortal Kombat movie

Who's she playing?

While we already know most of the actors appearing in the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie, we have just gotten a look at one who has been unknown up until this point. 12-year-old Matilda Kimber landed a spot in the movie, as confirmed by the SA Film Corporation. Who does Kimber play in the film? That role has not been revealed yet.

Meet Reggie Fils-Aimé at the 9th annual 'New York Game Awards' on January 21st

A small price to pay for a selfie with Reggie himself

If you'll be in New York City on January 21st, 2020, now is your chance to meet the legendary former president of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aimé! Tickets for the meet-and-greet cost $50, but if you want access to the awards show as well, the price is $70. Full details can be found below!

New York City, December 4, 2019 – For the 9th Annual New York Game Awards, a new ticket has just been released that includes the unique opportunity to meet and capture a photo with industry great Reggie Fils-Aimé prior to the show, hosted by the New York Videogame Critics Circle. In addition to celebrating the best in gaming, from VR to mobile to esports and everything in between, Reggie will be honored with the New York Game Awards Andrew Yoon Legend Award on January 21, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET at SVA Theater in New York City. Funds generated from this new ticket tier and tickets to the awards show go toward the New York Videogame Critics Circle’s mission to give back to the community through mentoring, scholarships and workshops in the New York City-area for underserved students.

Available tickets include:

- Combo tickets to the New York Game Awards show and meet-and-greet with Reggie: $70

- Reggie meet-and-greet only tickets (no show access; 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET): $50

- New York Game Awards show only tickets (8:00 p.m. ET): $24

All ticket tiers for the 9th Annual New York Game Awards are available here. Reggie meet-and-greet tickets are limited; photos with Reggie are only available prior to the show with this ticket. Tickets to the New York Game Awards show include free gifts and an after-party with an open bar (beer and wine) where attendees can rub elbows with game developers, Critics Circle members and Award winners. The New York Videogame Critics Circle is a non-profit, 501©(3) organization, with all ticket sale proceeds from the New York Game Awards going back into the organization to fund its mission.

The New York Videogame Critics Circle will honor former President and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, with its Andrew Yoon Legend Award at the 9th annual New York Game Awards ceremony on January 21, 2020 at SVA Theatre in Manhattan. The Legend Award recognizes individuals and organizations that exhibit a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional achievement and innovation. Past recipients of the award include Jade Raymond, Richard Garriott, Todd Howard, Rockstar Games and Ralph Baer.

For those who cannot attend the New York Game Awards, the event will be livestreamed via Mixer and Twitch; livestream details will be announced closer to the event.

The Mortal Kombat movie may be wrapping up its filming schedule

That's a wrap!

The Mortal Kombat movie started filming Sept. 16th, 2019, and it looks like all the principal filming may be done as of today. Lewis Tan, one of the actors in the film, took to Twitter to share this.

While there's sure to be some re-shoots inbetween now and release, it does seem that the movie has finished up its first filming schedule. Now the project will move into the all-important editing phase.

Next episode of ABC's "Schooled" will feature a focus on the Pokemon TCG

Pokemon get SCHOOLED

Schooled is an ABC comedy that's a spin-off of The Goldbergs. The show takes place in the 90s, which means it features all kinds of nostalgic elements. Tomorrow's episode in particular is going to feature the Pokemon TCG as a storyline focus, as detailed by the episode's synopsis.

"Learning he’s not into baseball cards, Coach Mellor encourages Toby to be competitive in CB’s Pokemon Club and becomes an overbearing sports-type father. Meanwhile, Lainey supplements her salary as a teacher by working at the local video store and learns an important lesson."

If you haven't watched an episode of Schooled, tomorrow might be the time to jump in. I haven't seen the show, but now I have reason to give it a shot!

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