Thursday, January 18

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OLM Animation back with the CG-animated The Snack World

OLM Animation back with the CG-animated The Snack World

Animation
The people behind Inazuma Eleven, Little Battlers eXperience and Yo-Kai Watch are back with an all-new series, the CG-animated The Snack World. The series that is produced by OLM Animation is set to debut in the international market in the fall of 2018 as a 50 episode 22-minute series. The show is represented by Level5-abby in most markets and by Bomanbridge Media in Asia, excluding Japan. The series debuted in Japan on TV Tokyo last April 2017 and was preceded by a manga series in CoroCoro Comic. A Nintendo 3DS game linked to the series launched in the country in August. It ties in with Takara Tomy’s line of Snack World collectible products.  
Nintendo in final stages of talks with Illumination to make an animated Super Mario Bros. movie

Nintendo in final stages of talks with Illumination to make an animated Super Mario Bros. movie

Licensing
According to sources, Nintendo is in the final stages of talks with Minions animation studio Illumination to secure a license to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. Reportedly, the two companies have been in talks for a year with Nintendo confirming to be involved with the creative process as well as the series' creator Shigeru Miyamoto who in all probability will serve as a producer of the film. Illumination's Mac Guff studio in Paris that has been responsible for the Despicable Me series of films has started development of the film with the release date yet unconfirmed. Nintendo has already been in talks with Sony to produce the film, but Universal's Illumination studio is undoubtedly a more logical fit given that the corporation is already in the process of making a Super M...
Nintendo to set up 17 pop-up shops across US soon

Nintendo to set up 17 pop-up shops across US soon

Gaming
In its zest to boost its experiential marketing presence, Nintendo will soon launch 17 pop-up experiences in malls across the US from November 11 to December 17. The shops come as the Nintendo Switch continues to drive stellar sales for the gaming giant. From Massachusetts to California, the cross-country Nintendo Holiday Experience will let consumers try out Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as play popular games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. The shops will also include QR codes for visitors to scan and enter for a chance to win a collectible Platinum Point card that can earn 100, 300 or 500 points to be used in games. A month following its March release, Switch drove massive growth in the US video game market helping to push
Launch of Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2 in Japan confirmed for December 7

Launch of Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2 in Japan confirmed for December 7

Animation, Uncategorized
Last month, fans of the Yo-Kai Watch franchise were given a treat when Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2 was confirmed for the Nintendo 3DS. But, unfortunately, no actual release dates were disclosed outside of the vague winter schedule. That changed recently, when the release window was narrowed down to December 7 in Japan. Since the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked, those of the spectators who use a EU or NA version of the handheld will have to wait with bated breaths, but considering how well-received Yo-Kai Watch is all over the globe, it is most likely only a matter of time. Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2: Treasure Legend Banbaraya is said to be continuing the pirate treasure-hunting theme and will be releasing with two versions, Sword and Magnum, at ¥5,184 (about $48) each. Both the versions will hav
Super Mario Odyssey wins multiple awards at Gamescom 2017

Super Mario Odyssey wins multiple awards at Gamescom 2017

Uncategorized
Curtains of Gamescom 2017 came down in Cologne on Thursday night with the presentation of this year’s awards. Sweeping the awards was the Nintendo Switch title Super Mario Odyssey which lapped up the coveted Best of Gamescom Award, the consumer-voted Most Wanted Award and three of the juried categories. Also among the winners were multiple nominees Destiny 2 from Activision Blizzard with two wins, Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft), Middle-earth: Shadows of War (Warner Bros. Interactive), Ni No Kuni II (Bandai Namco). The winners: Best of Gamescom Award: Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo Best Add-On/ DLC: Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar, Electronic Arts Best Booth: Electronic Arts Gamescom Booth 2017 Best Console Game – Sony PlayStation 4: Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft Best Console Ga
Toy Fair ends on an upbeat atmosphere

Toy Fair ends on an upbeat atmosphere

Events, Toys and Games
  The Toy Industry Association's (TIA) 114th North American International Toy Fair,that ran from February 18 to 21 brought 31,133 global play lovers to New York City to preview hundreds of thousands of ground-breaking toys and games. The largest toy market place ever held in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair 2017 was spread across 444,309 net square feet of exhibit space – the equivalent of nearly eight football fields filled with toys. Toy Fair's upbeat atmosphere matched an increasing U.S. toy market, which grew 5 per cent in sales last year. Eager to see the latest trends in toys, games, and youth entertainment products, 14,176 retailers, wholesalers, entertainment executives, importers, buying groups, and trade guests from 96 countries were there on the venue. The show drew n
Super Mario Run gets live-action Trailer

Super Mario Run gets live-action Trailer

Animation, Gaming
Nintendo releases a live-action Super Mario Run trailer, showcasing the spirit of the game. Super Mario Run sees Mario run forward on his own, tasking players with tapping their finger to jump over obstacles, avoid enemies, pull off moves, collect coins, and reach the flagpole to complete courses. When it launches, it will be available as a free download allowing players to try elements of the game’s three modes for free. A one-time payment of $9.99 will grant unlimited access to each of the three modes. Watch the trailer below: The live-action trailer shows off people of all ages and nationalities, frantically running through various locations, featuring iconic monuments around the globe. Interspersed with the classic Super Mario Bros. music theme in a cheery tone, the trailer bar
Super Mario headed to Universal Theme Parks

Super Mario headed to Universal Theme Parks

Animation, Top Stories
Universal Parks and Resorts and Nintendo are joining hands to add life to the Super Mario and other video game characters to theme park and company resort. The Nintendo-themed areas will launch at Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, and each interactive environment will include multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. Nintendo has a full stable of characters it can pull from, such as the elflike warrior Link. Details on what other characters might be used will be announced at a later date, it said. The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal is to bring the characters, action and adventure of Ni
Nintendo and Pokémon Company launch Mario Pikachu Merchandise

Nintendo and Pokémon Company launch Mario Pikachu Merchandise

Licensing, Merchandise
Mario Pikachu Merchandise will be available exclusively in Japan from 29th October In a new crossover between Mario and Pokémon, The Pokémon Company has announced a new line of merchandise called Mario Pikachu for release at the end of this month. The merchandise includes Pikachu Mario and Luigi plushies (shown above), Mario and Luigi themed card games, a game card case and a New 3DS LL cover. In addition, there are also playing cards, keyrings, notebooks, folders and t-shirts. The Mario Pikachu line of Merchandise will only be available from October 29 in Japan’s Pokemon Centre stores with more items to be revealed at the Kyoto store.