Tourist crashes real-life, replica Mario Kart into police box in Tokyo

You know how Nintendo is suing that company who lets people rent out real-life replicas of Mario Kart go-karts? Looks like their luck has gotten even worse, as a Korean tourist who rented one of the karts has smashed into a police box in Tokyo. At least there's some good news. No one was injured in the crash.

Mobot Studios has closed down

It seems that a lack of sales for their projects has forced the company to shutter, as they just weren't bringing in enough cash to survive. We're sad to see Mobot shut down after this short amount of time.

Nintendo share value goes up following Switch release

- Nintendo shares gained a little over 4% by the close on March 3rd
- growth has continued since then
- stock is at its highest point in a month

The following comes from Atul Goyal, an analyst at Jefferies Group...

There's a sigh of relief today [3rd March] that the actual launch has gone smoothly so far. We have to wait and see if any major issue comes up by the end of the week.

The following comes from Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit...

While this early adoption phase is important to build sales momentum, it can only take the Switch so far. Convincing a wider audience to commit to the platform will take some work. A mixture of compelling content and features, price point, word of mouth and effective marketing will all need to come together to engage this broader audience.

Thanks to Socar for the heads up!

Zero Escape director teases new project

Zero Escape director Kotaro Uchikoshi is teasing a new game called “Project Psync.” The image above is literally the only detail we have, beside the fact that this game is a clean break from the Zero Escape series. Uchikoshi has been a great supporter of Nintendo platforms thus far. Let's hope that continues with Project Psync.

Nintendo/Creatures/Game Freak grab trademark for "Pokedaringu"

What's the next Pokemon-related project for Nintendo? A recent trademark gives us a name to work off of. The title, roughly translated, comes out to be Pokedaringu. We have absolutely nothing to go off of with that. No details, no info, and it doesn't tie up to any game we know about. We'll have to keep a close watch on this one!

Washington, DC theater puts on "Brother Mario" stage show

What happens when Mario doesn't feel like jumping fireballs, stomping goombas and rescuing Princess Peach anymore? That's what Brother Mario, a show put together by a Washington DC theater, is all about. It's a dark comedy that takes a unique look at the Mushroom Kingdom and some of its more famous denizens. You can check out some more impressions of the show here (thanks Josh!)

A look at Nintendo's E3 2017 floor plans

You can bet Nintendo is going to have a major presence at this year's E3. Floor plans have surfaced online, and Nintendo is grabbing roughly 32,000 square feet of space. This is about equal to what Nintendo did last year with Breath of the Wild. No official word on whether Nintendo will be grabbing a theater yet or not. Thanks to Lightvisions for the heads up!

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.