Nintendo is suing Japanese go-kart experience company MariCAR

The following information was translated by Nintendo Everything...

- Nintendo will be taking legal action against company MariCAR
- MariCAR is a service in Japan that offers a go-kart experience
- dress up as their favorite character (such as Mario), play music of their choice, and drive through Tokyo
- NCL points out that MariCAR is an obvious abbreviation of Mario Kart
- believes that the service is infringing upon its properties, and permission was not received

Dragon Quest X to launch for Switch this summer in Japan, Wii service ending

According to Gematsu, the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest X is planned to be released this summer in Japan. Additionally, Square Enix has also announced that their service for the Wii version of the game will be closing, as they want to be able to update the game to levels that were not possible on the Wii. The Wii version of the game will end at Version 3. However, Square Enix also stated that they were working on a campaign that will allow Wii users to easily migrate to the Switch version. This campaign will be explained in further detail at a later date.

Pokemon: The Movie - Pokémon, I Choose You! - new artwork

This movie celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon anime, which is probably why Ash has his old look, rather than the look from the current series. We should hear more about this movie sometime in April.

Ace Attorney: Turnabout Airport - second novel cover art, synopsis

Apollo Justice, the young hotblooded attorney of the Wright Anything Agency, is arrested!? And on suspicion of the murder of a powerful politician!? Amidst these tremendously infavorable circumstances, defense attorney Phoenix Wright keeps faith in Apollo’s innocence and stand firm in the courtroom!!

13AM Games teasing an announcement for tomorrow

We have no idea what 13AM Games is up to, outside of Runbow. Could we be seeing Runbow jump over to Switch? I guess we'll find out tomorrow!

Nintendo of Europe states that NES Classic Edition will "continue to ship to retail units on a regular basis"

The following statement comes from a TechRadar interview with a Nintendo of Europe representative:

Production for the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES continues, and NOE [Nintendo of Europe] will continue to ship units to retail on a regular basis.

So, if you are still waiting to purchase an NES Classic Edition, there may still be hope yet! If there are any further announcements regarding the product, we will be sure to announce them here on the site!

Netflix is getting a Castlevania series (UPDATE)

UPDATE - This is indeed the Frederator project...

Inspired by the classic video game series, “Castlevania” is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, and Adi Shankar.

Netflix just announced something that's going to make old-school gamers very happy. They put out a press release detailing upcoming content, and this tiny blurb was slipped in there.

Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017

While we don't have any other info, it seems like this is going to be the animated project that Frederator has been teasing. We'll be sure to share more info when it comes in.

Earthbound creator's ties to the films of Studio Ghibli

When you talk about big-name animated features from Japan, Studio Ghibli is at the top of the list. Their work is synonymous with Japanese animated features of high quality. It turns out some of their films also have a crossover with the world of video games. Specifically, those of Earthbound creator, Shigesato Itoi.

Shigesato Itoi has been involved with quite a few Studio Ghibli films. Itoi provided the voice for Tatsuo Kusakabe, the father in My Neighbor Totoro. On top of that, he's created many of the Japanese taglines that are tied to Studio Ghibli films.

In the poster above, Itoi wrote the tagline, which works out to, “These strange creatures still exist in Japan. Supposedly.” You can check out some more of his taglines here.

Fan-made game mashes up Pokemon with 2048

This is really a cut-and-dry mash-up. This is 2048, but instead of using numbers, you're using Pokemon! This is a free, fan-made game which you can play via browser. Check it out here.

Earthbound creator's lifestyle company Hobonichi set to go public

It appears Shigesato Itoi has some big plans for his Hobonichi brand. For those that don't know, through the Hobonichi brand, Itoi produces lifestyle products like planners and notebooks. Now Itoi has confirmed that the company is going public, and will be hitting the stock exchange in the not-too-distant future.