MariCAR continues using Nintendo character costumes even after losing their lawsuit

MariCAR, the Japanese go-kart service that offers up Nintendo-themed costumes for their rides, recently lost a legal battle with Nintendo. The results of the lawsuit include MariCar dropping Nintendo-themed costumes and paying $90k in damage. While MariCAR has changed their name to MariMobility, they've decided to stick with the costumes.

As recently as this week, MariMobility is still offering users Nintendo costumes for their go-kart rentals. It seems the MariMobility gang thinks they can get the ruling overturned, as they're currently appealing the decision. It's a risky gamble, as MariMobility could find themselves in even more trouble if they lose the appeal.

Blizzard kicks off treasure hunt to promote Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Whether you’re a Diablo veteran or a complete newcomer, chances are you love treasure. To get you in shape for Diablo III Eternal Collection on the Nintendo Switch, we’re inviting you on a treasure hunt. Get ready to stretch those loot-chasing muscles and get your hands on some sweet (and very real) rewards!

We’ve hidden items across the internet (as well as in a few real-world locations), and it’s up to you to find them. Don’t worry—we’ll be giving you some clues on where to look. Learn more below!

In the coming days, we’ll be sharing some clues on our Twitter page. Once you decipher them, visit the corresponding location (online or in real life) to find an item or QR code. Click the link or scan the item you found, and you’ll be whisked away to your collections page, where you can track all the items you’ve collected so far.

The items you find earn you entries into a prize drawing, where you could win all kinds of amazing treasures. The number of entries you get for each item you find varies on its quality, so keep an eye out for those Legendaries!

Among the prizes up for grabs are copies of the Diablo III Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch Bundle, digital copies of the game, and various collectible goodies. You can also earn real life versions of some of the items you’ll find on the hunt! These are one-of-a-kind artifacts, brought to life by the crafting masters at Volpin Props.

If the idea of having your very own real-life Legendary item sounds appealing, be sure to follow us on Twitter and be on the lookout for the first clues.

Think you have what it takes to solve all the clues and hunt down these treasures? There’s only one way to find out, nephalem! Good luck on the hunt, and may the best adventurer win.

Full details here

Japan - 3DS themes for Oct. 16th, 2018

The 3DS eShop in Japan has been updated with three more themes. Each theme costs 200 Yen, with trailers for those themes above, and names below.

- Giga feat. Kagamine Rin & Len「Rettou Joutou」
- Eve×Sou「Myoujou Galactica」
- Omoi feat. Hatsune Miku「Greenlights Serenade」

Smile PreCure! Let’s Go! Marchen World removed from the 3DS eShop in Japan

Completely out of nowhere, Bandai Namco has removed the Pretty Cure game Smile PreCure! Let’s Go! Marchen World from the 3DS eShop in Japan. If you missed out on the option, you can still hunt down a copy through Japanese retailers. If the game returns to the eShop, we'll be sure to let you know.

Neko Tomo demo released for Switch and 3DS in Japan

Neko Tomo will be available for both Switch and 3DS in Japan on Nov. 1st, 2018, but players can get in on a taste of the action right now. Bandai Namco has released a demo for Neko Tomo on both platforms, but it's not clear how much content the demos include. Either way, you can spend some time talking to a virtual cat right now!

Famitsu - review scores for Oct. 16th, 2018

I really want to check out Madorica Real Estate, but I'm afraid the English version is going to chock-full of broken English. Anyone out there give it a shot yet?

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PS4, Xbox One) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero (Switch) – 8/8/7/7 [30/40]
Cendrillon palikA (Switch) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]
The Gardens Between (PS4, Switch) – 8/7/8/7 [30/40]
LEGO DC Super-Villains (PS4, Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Madorica Real Estate (Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Nora to Koujo to Noraneko Heart HD Version (PS4, Switch)
Reigns: Kings & Queens (Switch) – 8/7/9/8 [32/40]

Valkyria Chronicles - PS3 Vs. PS4 Vs. Switch

How does the original release of Valkyria Chronicles stack up to the Switch port? How well does the Switch version compare to the PS4 outing? Check things out for yourself in the video above.

Omega Labyrinth Life - new gameplay details and mechanics revealed

Earlier today, we shared footage of Famitsu checking out Omega Labyrinth Life, and now we have the details to go along with that footage. Check out the new info on the game below.

- the name Life comes from the new feature of enjoying life at a private girl’s academy
- the game is on the easier side for the roguelike genre, as it’s aimed towards a more casual audience
- the game will clearly explain all its mechanics towards the start so even players unfamiliar with the genre can easily play
- using the right stick, you can move a virtual hand around the girl’s image on the status screen and poke them
- you can do the same thing with the touchscreen in Handheld mode
- randomly-generated dungeons can now have Flower Garden rooms
- these are full of flower seeds that aren’t useful in dungeon crawling, but can be used back at the academy
- at the end of a dungeon, if you have a Rock, Paper, Scissors ticket, you can try win for extra experience and items
- Rock, Paper, Scissors is done with boobs, and even a draw will give you a reduced beneficial effect
- at the girl’s academy, you can talk to various characters and look around your surroundings
- time will pass at the academy, letting you see it in different settings
- you can take care of flowers at the academy, which lets you harvest nectar for special events

The Cat Mario Show - Ep. 125 (Japan)

This week's episode of the Cat Mario Show features Super Mario Party, Splatoon 2, Mega Man 11, Cities Skylines, and more.

Smash Bros. Ultimate - main menu loop

While this isn't an official Smash Bros. Ultimate blog update, it's still very much welcome! Put on some headphones and enjoy a clean rip of the main menu theme in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Man, it does a great job of getting you pumped to fight, doesn't it?!

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!