Staff for the next season of the Pokemon anime announced

Lots of new roles behind-the-scenes

We now know that the next season of the Pokemon anime is really going to change things up. Up to this point, we've been talking about the changes the viewer will see. Let's talk a bit about the changes that are going on behind the scenes. Some staff members are being shuffled around, and other newcomers are joining. Check out the rundown of what we know so far below.

General Director: Daiki Tomiyasu (replacing Kunihiko Yuyama)
Director: Kodaira Maki (who was Deputy Director for Pokémon Sun and Moon. Replaces Daiki Tomiyasu)
Creative Supervisor: Kunihiko Yuyama
Series Construction: Shouji Yonemura (replacing Aya Matsui)
Character Design: Shuhei Yasuda
Scenario Writers: Reiko Yoshida, Shouji Yonemura, Deko Akao, Junichi Fujisaku, Michihiro Tsuchiya, Douka Machida, Yuka Miyata, Aya Matsui, Tomioka Akihiro, Akemi Mende, and more
Music: Yuki Hayashi (composer from My Hero Academia who is replacing Shinji Miyazaki, the sole composer of the Pokémon anime series and movies for more than 20 years)
Animation: OLM

Kirby Cafe Hakata set to reopen on Nov. 14th, 2019

Back in business, baby!

Looks like Kirby Cafe Hakata is going to be around longer than expected. The cafe was originally scheduled to close on Nov. 5th, 2019, and while it's still closing that date, it's now going to return 9 days later on Nov. 14th, 2019. The location will have a revamped menu, which you can see below.

A plush of Whispy Woods from Kirby's Dream Land is releasing in Japan, pre-orders now live

The softest tree you'll ever get a chance to hug!

An adorable plush of Whispy Woods will be releasing in Japan this November! Pre-orders are currently live at Play-asia for $23.99 USD. The pre-order deadline is October 7th, so don't forget to place an order soon if you want one! It's size is approx. W 200mm x D 70mm x H 240mm.

Luigi's Mansion 3 pre-orders in Hungary includes a Luigi hat keychain & 7 themed stickers

Take Luigi's hat with you everywhere, but only if you're in Hungary!

Thanks to Reddit user u/smi123, we now know what the pre-order bonus is for Luigi's Mansion 3 in Hungary!

Pre-ordering the game from most Hungarian retailers will include a keychain featuring Luigi's hat, as well as 7 Luigi's Mansion themed stickers!

Kirby Cafe Tokyo shares a special message following its closure

Not goodbye, but see you later

While other Kirby Cafe locations continue on, Kirby Cafe Tokyo has finished its run. The cafe closed shop as of today, and the team behind the pop-up have shared a special message with its fans.

The Kirby Cafe at Tokyo Solamachi which started last Fall has closed as of September 23, 2019. After extending the duration of the pop-up cafe, Kirby Cafe Tokyo has operated for roughly one year. To the many guests who visited our cafe, thank you very much! We express our sincere gratitude from our hearts. We look forward to the day we can meet you again. See you soon…

Sounds like the Kirby Cafe Tokyo might continue on at a later date. That wouldn't be surprising, considering how the location ended up staying past its initial closure date due to major support. If/when the cafe returns, you can bet we'll share word with you.

Nintendo will have a booth at Brazil Game Show 2019

Go hands-on with the Switch's latest

The Brazil Game Show runs from Oct. 9th to 13th, 2019, and Nintendo fans will have a big reason to check it out. The company behind the event has revealed that Nintendo is going to have a booth at the show this time around. While they haven't detailed what games will be on display, it seems that Luigi's Mansion 3 is being teased.

Nintendo hits its 130th anniversary

From love hotels to video games

We may be living in Sept. 22nd, 2019 over here in the states, but Japan is living in the future on Sept. 23rd, 2019. That means over in its native land, Nintendo is celebrating its 130th anniversary! While most may know Nintendo for their work in video games, the Big N had their hands in all sorts of other businesses before they got to their bread-and-butter. Here's to another 130 years for Nintendo, and hopefully all of them will be video game-filled!

The Wizard getting a 30th anniversary Blu-ray release

One of the best bad movies

Believe it or not, The Wizard is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and it's going to do so in a really special way. The Wizard director Todd Holland has announced that a 30th anniversary Blu-ray is on the way, and it's set to launch in Feb. 2020. We don't have full details on what this special package will include, but we do know there will be an interview and commentary track featuring Mr. Holland.

The Church in the Darkness releasing for Switch October 3rd in Japan

Recently released in the West, The Church in the Darkness is finally making it's way to the Japanese eShop. The game is published by Fellow Traveller, and will launch October 3rd!


- ¥1,980 (preloads live with 20% off)
- 1.5 GB download required
- Japanese and English language support available

Sparkle 3 Genesis releasing on Japanese eShop September 26th

Released back in March in the West, Sparkle 3 Genesis is finally making it's way to the Nintendo eShop in Japan. It's localized title is "Shinka no Himitsu Seimei no Hajimari".


- ¥500 (preloads live with 10% off)
- 351 MB download required
- Japanese language only


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