Kirby Cafe Store Tokyo Solamachi moving to permanent location

An all-in-one experience

It seems that Japan has really taken to the Kirby Cafe experience, as a number of temporary locations have turned into permanent fixtures. The latest to make that transformation is Kirby Cafe Store Tokyo Solamachi.

There's actually already a Kirby Cafe at Tokyo Solamachi retail complex, found at Tokyo Skytree. The thing is, the Cafe and Store are on separate floors. Now the Store is going to be closed down and moved up to the Cafe into a permanent combination. This revamped location is set to open in March 2021.

Super Nintendo World technical rehearsals underway, store gets a restock

Practice makes perfect

While Super Nintendo World's grand opening has been delayed to an unspecified date, Universe is still prepping for when things do open up. For example, the park was running a “technical rehearsal” today to let employees run through their positions when the park does open to the public. This rehearsal also allowed for a few customers to get inside the park and check things out. These customers were treated to a restock of the Super Nintendo World store as well. You can check out more pics of the park and the store here.

Next Level Games looking to hire employees for multiple positions

Next leveling up

Some big changes for Next Level Games, as Nintendo recently snatched up the company. The two had been working together for ages, but now Next Level is officially under Nintendo's umbrella.

With the big move to Nintendo second party status, it's not surprising to see new positions open up. A round of job positions for Next Level were listed in December, and now those listings have popped up once again. The company is looking to fill positions like producer, art production manager, UI artist, and so on. It's clear Next Level is working on something, but it'll likely be quite some time before we see a reveal.

Thanks to Josh for the heads up!

Capcom shares another update regarding their data security incident, approximately 390,000 people impacted

rd Update Regarding Data Security Incident Due to Unauthorized Access

We previously reported on a data breach that Capcom suffered back in November and warned people to change their passwords and other account info. Capcom has now released an updated report to give a better picture on how big the breach was and what might have been stolen. Check out Capcom's latest report below.

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) has previously confirmed that it has been the victim of a customized ransomware attack following unauthorized access to its network and has verified that some personal information maintained by the Capcom Group has been compromised.

On November 16, 2020 (JST) Capcom announced that it had verified that the personal information of 9 people had been compromised in this attack. As an update to its ongoing investigation, the company has verified that the personal information of an additional 16,406 people has been compromised, making the cumulative number since this investigation began 16,415 people. Further, the company has also ascertained that the potential maximum number of customers, business partners and other external parties etc., whose personal information may have been compromised in the attack is approximately 390,000 people (an increase of approximately 40,000 people from the previous report), the details of which are listed in "2. Potentially compromised data (updated)" below.

Capcom offers its sincerest apologies for any complications and concerns that this may bring to its potentially impacted customers as well as to its many stakeholders.

As there is an ongoing investigation in place, it is possible that new facts may come to light going forward. Below is a general summary of what new information has been confirmed at this point in time (as of January 12, 2021). Further, because the overall number of potentially compromised data cannot specifically be ascertained due to issues including some logs having been lost as a result of the attack, Capcom has listed the maximum number of items it has determined to potentially have been affected at the present time.

See the full report here

Jim Carrey wins an award for his portrayal of Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Officially an award-winning movie now!

I think most would agree that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie turned out better than expected. It wasn't an amazing movie, but it was a fun, simple romp. Not the kind of movie that wins actors awards, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Well, we can actually scratch that last comment, as the movie has just won Jim Carrey another honor.

The CW just held their first Critics' Choice Super Awards, presented by the Critics Choice Association, which is meant to honor the best in genre fiction film and television. Jim Carrey was nominated in the "Best Villain in a Movie" category, and he wound up taking the win. He was up against Kathryn Newton for her role in Freaky, Martin Short and Jane Krakowski in The Willoughbys, J. K. Simmons in Palm Springs, and Hilary Swank in The Hunt.

Sonic the Hedgehog was actually nominated for four different awards, including an overall nomination in "Best Superhero Movie," and nominations for both Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz in the "Best Actor in a Superhero Movie." The one win by Carrey is all the film scored.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses voice actor Brad Venable passes away

Rest in peace, Brad

We're sad to share news of yet another person tied to the Nintendo community who's no longer with us. Voice actor Brad Venable has passed away at the age of 43. No reason for Venable's passing was given.

Most recently, Brad lent his voice to the characters of Nader and Kostas in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Venable also did some voice work for Detective Pikachu.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the loss of Brad. He'll certainly live on in the minds of Nintendo fans for decades through the wonderful voicework he provided.

Washington Post highlights Reggie Fils-Aime's current efforts to aid underprivileged youths

Whoa, you go, big guy!

While Reggie may have retired from Nintendo in 2019, it seems the big guy is busier than ever. Reggie has joined the board of directors at numerous companies and organizations, but it seems none is more near and dear to him than the New York Video Game Critics Circle.

This nonprofit does community outreach in Manhattan, including various charity efforts to raise funding for schools and underprivileged youths. This has allowed Reggie to help some youths earn scholarships and get engaged in after-school programs that will help them later in life.

The Washington Post talked to Reggie about his work with the NYVGCC and why it's so important to him. You can see some of his comments below.

“I was born in the Bronx, and as I engage with these students, I see a bit of myself in them, and my hope as I engage with them is that they see a little bit of me in themselves as they look to grow and apply themselves and to find their own path.”

There's more from Reggie, as well as other details on the organization's full piece. You can find that here.

Thanks to JJtheTexan for the heads up!

Netflix's upcoming Sonic animated series won't be based on the IDW comic series

Sorry, comic fans

We really don't know anything about Netflix's upcoming 3D animated Sonic series, other than its existence. While we wait for more official details from SEGA or Netflix, we do have some info on what the series won't be.

Comic book writer Ian Flynn recently did a Q&A about all things Sonic, and the topic of Netflix's series came up. Flynn outright said that the series is not going to be based on the IDW comic line. It's looking more and more like the series is going to be yet another original take on Sonic.

Bandai Namco Entertainment Festival 2nd delayed once again

Bandai Namco has announced that the Bandai Namco Entertainment Festival 2nd is delayed once again. The event, which is a concert to commemorate musical artists/composers behind Bandai Namco's many classic games, was pushed to Feb. 6th and 7th, 2021 at the Tokyo Dome. Now the event is delayed once more, and to an unspecified date. We'll bring more details on the event rescheduling when it becomes available.

Premium Bandai reveals Kirby Super Star Gourmet Race figure

An adorable statue of everyone's favorite poyo!

Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, and Chef Kawasaki are coming together for a special figure from Premium Bandai. Priced at ¥12,100 (+ shipping), pre-orders are available now in Japan for this very special Kirby Super Star inspired PVC collectable. Shipping is expected sometime in July 2021, and you can check out the order page for the "Gourmet Race" figure here.

In case you missed it, check out the unpainted prototype from MegaHouse that was shown off a few months ago.