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Pokemon Center Singapore to temporarily shut down due to coronavirus

Pokemon Center Singapore is the latest Nintendo-related establishment to change its hours of operation due to the impact of the coronavirus. The Center has announced that they'll be closed from April 7th to May 4th, 2020 in order to comply with new government regulations. Check out the full announcement below.

Aligning with the new regulations implemented by the Singapore government, Pokémon Center Singapore will close temporarily from Tuesday, 7th April 2020 to Monday, 4th May 2020, or until further advised by the Ministry. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary closure of our store. We wish all of you to continue to stay safe and healthy. We look forward to serving you in Pokémon Center Singapore soon!

E3 2021 locked in for June 15th to 17th, 2021, show will be "reimagined"

Is it too early to get on the hype train?

While E3 2020 has been called off in the traditional sense and we await details on what kind of online presence the show will have, the ESA is already looking to 2021. They've announced that E3 2021 already has already been dated, and it's taking place June 15th to 17th, 2021. The ESA also says that E3 will be 'reimagined' for next year's show, but no details were given on what that means.

Nintendo closes down Nintendo Game Front at Panasonic Center TOKYO

End of an era

While Nintendo TOKYO is going strong, Nintendo has closed down another fan spot in Tokyo. The company has shuttered Nintendo Game Front, which was located at Panasonic Center TOKYO. Nintendo Game Front was a spot where fans could come in and play the latest Nintendo games on Panasonic TVs and projectors. While no reason was given for the closure, it likely has to do with Nintendo TOKYO opening.

Platinum teases a fifth "Platinum 4" announcement

You sneaky bastards!

The fourth reveal in the Platinum 4 series ended up being an April Fools' Day joke, which rubbed quite a few people the wrong way. Waiting weeks and weeks to find out the 4th reveal was a joke was quite a bit disappointing. Turns out there was more to that joke than we originally thought.

Platinum is now teasing a fifth reveal in the Platinum 4 series. They're calling this a 'Bonus Stage' announcement, and apparently details are coming soon. To coincide with this reveal, a fifth star titled “????? – XX.XX.2020” has been added to the Platinum 4 website.

Pokemon World Championships Korean League competitions cancelled, Japanese League still scheduled

Pokemon Co. has announced more revised plans for the Pokemon World Championships. First up, the Korean League competitions have been cancelled due to coronavirus. As for the Japan League, that is still scheduled for June 27th/28th, but the final word on whether the event will go ahead will be shared in mid-May 2020.

Fire Emblem Expo II cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Nintendo and Intelligent Systems were set to host the Fire Emblem Expo II at Zepp Namba in Osaka on May 5th and 6th, but that event has since been cancelled. As you might suspect, the event was called off due to coronavirus concerns. Anyone who purchased a ticket can visit the official website to get a refund.

Super Mario X Levi's collaboration delayed in North/South America due to coronavirus

While the Super Mario X Levi's product line launched in Japan this week, those in North and South America will have to wait a bit longer. Levi's has taken to Twitter to announce a delay in both regions due to the coronavirus. No word on when we can expect the line to launch, but Levi's will share information as soon as they have something confirmed.

Fire Emblem Cipher producer explains why the game is ending, shares details on the final booster pack

A sizable send-off

News came in overnight about the future of the Fire Emblem Cipher card game. Unfortunately, the game will be wrapping up once its next booster pack releases in Oct. 2020. Since that initial announcement, producer Ryota Kawade hosted a live-stream to further explain why the game is coming to an end. Check out a recap of that info below.

- it’s been five years since Cipher launched, and the circumstances around the trading card game have changed over the years
- one of Cipher‘s objectives was to be a card game enjoyed by those playing or waiting for the next Fire Emblem game
- Fire Emblem Cipher would fulfill this objective by putting the spotlight on characters from the previous games
- this role is now fulfilled by Fire Emblem Heroes, along with events for the fans such as concerts
- Cipher also aimed to gather and connect Fire Emblem fans
- Kawade mentioned how two Fire Emblem fans met thanks to a Cipher event and ended up marrying
- Fire Emblem itself changed in these last five years, and the franchise has become much more popular

Along with the explanation of the game coming to an end, some details on the final round of content was shared. Check out that info below.

- the title for the 22nd and final Booster Pack is “Eiyuu tachi no Gaika”
- cards will feature characters from every single Fire Emblem game and include many surprises
- illustrations for the cards will be handled by an all-star selection of Cipher artists
- the artist lineup includes Awakening‘s Yusuke Kozaki, Three Houses‘ Chinatsu Kurahana, and more
- there will be 13 cards forming a fresco with all the Fire Emblem protagonists

Fire Emblem Cipher card game coming to an end

Know when to fold'em

Intelligent Systems has announced that Fire Emblem Cipher, the card game that launched in 2015, is going to come to an end. Following the launch of the 22nd Booster Pack on October 1st, 2020, no new products will be released.

Fans can expect the last Cipher event to take place in December 2020, with event support ending on March 31st, 2021. Finally, customer support for the card game will end all the way in March 2022.

Thanks to Neverunplaying for the heads up!

Nintendo TOKYO shares an updated schedule

Nintendo TOKYO has announced an updated schedule that includes more closures due to the coronavirus. Check out the schedule notes below.

- closed on April 4 (Sat), 5 (Sun), 11 (Sat), and 12 (Sun)
- business hours will be at 11:00~20:00 until further notice

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