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Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account hits 1 million followers



Nintendo is celebrating a social media milestone with a bit of fancy artwork. Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account has reached 1 million followers! I'm surprised to learn it wasn't already at that number, but it looks like the success of the Switch has helped push the Twitter account to new heights.

Pokemon Co. teams up with Kagome for a ketchup campaign

- collab between Pokemon Co. and Kagome, a manufacturer of tomato based food,
- the two are collaborating on a ketchup campaign
- fans can submit bar codes from Kagome products for a chance to win a prize
- the prize is a life size Pikachu holding a Ketchup bottle plush
- there are 100 plushes to be won
- 3 bar codes must be collected in order to enter the lottery, and the campaign runs until August 31, 2018
- another part of the campaign has fans making a Pikachu dish and posting it on social media
- post a photo on Twitter or Instagram of their Pikachu dish with the hash tag #ピカチュウオムライス
- 1,000 winners will be chosen on July 31, and another 1,000 on August 31

Nintendo grabs trademarks for Donkey Kong and Rosalina

Nintendo continues their recent push to grab trademarks for everything and anything related to their characters. The latest round of trademarks includes filings for the Donkey Kong logo, the DK barrel, Cranky Kong (English word and Japanese), Diddy Kong (English word and Japanese), Dixie Kong (English word and Japanese), and Rosalina (using the English word ‘Rosetta’ and the Japanese ‘ロゼッタ’). As far as the Rosalina trademark goes, it seems to pertain to all sorts of merch.

Thanks to TheDestructo94 for the heads up!

Sonic to be portrayed as a "juvenile delinquent" in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film

Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has shared a tiny tidbit about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. In an interview at the 10th annual PGA, Gianopulos discussed how Sonic's personality will be portrayed.

“He’s a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman. It was instantly engaging and it was good enough where you could see where it’s going.”

Nintendo opens official E3 2018 websites for Honk Kong and Taiwan

E3 2018 might be over, but that doesn't mean there's not a ton of news to still sift through. That's why Nintendo has opened up official E3 2018 websites for both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The sites recap the news from this year's big event, and share release dates and other tidbits for games launching in both regions.

Pokemon Co. opens a new factory in Vietnam

The Pokemon Company is upping production on some of their merch. A new factory has been opened in Vietnam to manufacture some of the plush dolls that are sold in Pokemon Centers in Japan. Looks like sales of the plushes are up, and Pokemon Co. needs to speed up production!

Nintendo grabs Eevee trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Co., Ltd. and Game Freak Inc. have applied for a new trademark in Japan for Eevee. This trademark includes both the English word ‘EIEVUI’ and the Japanese word ‘イーブイ. This trademark applies to all sorts of things, including various merch and more.

Bomberman character designer passes away

Shoji Mizuno, the man responsible for Bomberman design we all know and love, has passed away. We're not sure what he passed away from, but if we get more details, we'll update this post. Our condolences to all those impacted by Mr. Mizuno's passing.

Thanks to Noxide for the heads up.

Junichi Masuda making his way to E3 2018

Game Freak's Junichi Masuda is going to be on-hand for E3 2018. While he'll obviously be talking about the world of Pokemon at this year's show, we're not quite sure what he'll be focusing on. Discussion and interviews about Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee seem most likely, but perhaps he'll have a tidbit or two to share about the Pokemon Switch RPG for 2019.

Nintendo grabs trademark for Pokemon Stand vending machines in Japan

Nintendo has filed for a trademark for Pokémon Stand, the new Pokemon merch vending machines that have been popping up around Japan. The trademark is in both English and Japanese. As far as we know, there are no plans to bring these machines outside of Japan.