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Toy store owner arrested for manufacturing/possessing counterfeit Pokemon and Mario merch

It's not-a me!

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has arressted Wan Piao, owner of a toy import store in El Monte, California, and charged him with manufacturing and possessing more than US$1.4 million in counterfeit goods. Piao was in possession of more than 500,000 counterfeit items, all of which belonged to the Pokémon, Hello Kitty, and Super Mario franchises. Piao is charged with seven felony counts of counterfeit of a registered mark, and taking more than US$500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.

HAL Labs celebrates Kirby winning IGN Japan's most popular game character poll

Congrats, Kirby!

IGN Japan ran a poll asking their readers to name their favorite game character, which brought in a ton of different votes for characters all across the industry. When all was said and done, Kirby emerged victorious, and was crowned most popular video game character. HAL Labs celebrated the win by taking to Twitter and sharing the following message.

"We did it Kirby!!! Thank you for your support!"

Paramount releasing a Sonic the Hedgehog movie theater etiquette advertisement

Sonic says talking during the movie is no good

Usually people in movie theaters nowadays are pretty good about getting quiet when the movie comes on, but some people still need to be reminded of basic rules of the theater-going experience. Soon enough, movie audiences will have a helpful reminder on how to act at the movies thanks to Sonic.

A list of recently-rated trailers, commmercials, and PSAs has added a listing for a Sonic The Hedgehog "Etiquette No Talking/Texting" spot, which will most likely play in theaters, rather than on TV. We can't be absolutely sure of that, but it wouldn't make much sense for this to air on TV. The spot was rated on Dec. 9th, 2019, so we should see it pop up in theaters any day now.

Mortal Kombat movie officially wraps filming

That's a wrap!

We saw early evidence of the Mortal Kombat movie wrapping its shooting schedule the other day, but now we have an official confirmation. Greg Russo, writer on the film, has confirmed that filming is now complete, and the actors have packed up their things and gone home. Now the editing process begins, and any reshoots needed will be called in at a later date. The Mortal Kombat movie is set to launch in Jan. 2021.

The next Pokemon movie will launch in Japan on July 10th, 2020

Grab your popcorn

Pokemon Co. has made an announcement regarding the next Pokemon movie. We now know that the film is going to see release in Japan on July 10th, 2020, and Pokemon Co. says this will be the first all-new Pokemon movie in two years. Unfortunately, that's all the details we have to go on at this time.

Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX Pokémon TCG Deck Strategy

Stack that deck

Looking for a little help in using the Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX TAG TEAM trio in the Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion? The official Pokemon website has put together a feature that breaks down what these cards can help you do, and how to best use them to your advantage. If you want a leg up on the competition, as well as some strategies you might not have considered, make sure to check out this feature.

The studio behind the Sonic movie redesign has reportedly been shut down

...and that's no good

Well this is a bit of sad news. Moving Picture Company's Vancouver office, the studio behind the redesign of Sonic in the upcoming Sonic movie, has reportedly been shuttered. An email was sent to staff, stating that "increasing external market pressures" in Vancouver are the reason, and the "decision has not been taken lightly."

Mister Donut offering Pokemon finger puppets with kids meals

Finger food

Mister Donut is expanding their collaboration with the Pokemon Company to include some special items. Starting December 26th, 2019, kids sets sold at Mister Donut will come with a Pokemon finger puppet. Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble, and Pikachu are up for grabs.

Along with the finger puppets, from December 26th to December 29th, 2019, sun visors of Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble will be given away to customers who order a kids set.

Doug Bowser will be at The Game Awards 2019, position as an Advisory Board member reconfirmed

Dougie fresh

Reggie Fils-Aime is going to be at The Game Awards 2019 for some fun, but obviously not in the same capacity as last year. The good news is that Doug Bowser, who took over for Reggie when the big guy departed, will also be at the show. We don't know if he'll be presenting or making any announcements, but we do have another confirmation of Bowser's position as a member on the show's Advisory Board.

Game Awards Advisory Board members "help buide and advance the mission of the Game Awards." The Advisory Board is not involved in the selection of award nominees or winners, and learns of the results of voting at the same time as the general public.

Pokemon TV app updated to Version 3.2.0

Pokemon TV has gotten an update, bumping it up to Version 3.2.0. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

- Added social sharing functionality to channels and episodes
- iOS 13 support
- Added AirPlay 2 support

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