Nintendo releases free-to-print Christmas card

Over in Japan, Nintendo has released a free greeting card for Christmas that features both Mario and Yoshi. The car opens up to a diorama-like display once put together. You can download the card for free and print out your own with the template right here.

Official Nintendo Magazine coming to an end in Spain

We're sad to report that after 300+ issues and 26 years of operation, the Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain is ending its run. The final issue will be hitting the streets next week. Another great run for a Nintendo magazine, but print media just isn't what it used to be.

Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION dated for Japan

We finally have some new details on the next Pokemon movie in Japan. We learned awhile back that it was called Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION, and now we know it's set to debut in Japan on July 12th, 2019. The movie is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara, while the screenplay is handled by Takeshi Shudo.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie writer tells fans to relax

As you well know, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been getting bombarded with anger and confusion after the initial reveal of the animated poster. It seems backlash for the sneak-peek visuals have been almost universally bashed, and fans are wondering just how in the world these decisions were made. That negativity has not escaped the team working on the film, and one person attached to the project has spoken up.

Patrick Casey is a co-writer for the film's screenplay, and he's taken to Twitter to share some quick thoughts. It's obvious he doesn't want to jeopardize his job or attachment to the project, so he kept his words short and vague.

As you can probably guess, even this two-word response was met with backlash from fans. It's very clear that the path ahead for the Sonic movie is going to be quite the bumpy road. The debut trailer is going to have to work wonders to turn things around.

Pokemon Co. files for two more trademarks

Had enough of trademark news yet? I certainly hope not, because they more keep pouring in! Today we have two trademark filings from the Pokemon Co.. The first trademark is Isitsubute (イシツブテ), which is Geodude’s name in Japanese. The second trademark is I Love Hokkaido Discovery Corps (北海道だいすき発見隊), which is an official name used for the Hokkaido X Pokemon campaign.

First details on the Fire Emblem Expo shared

Intelligent Systems has shared the first solid details on the recently-announced Fire Emblem Expo. Nothing too crazy going on here, but it does sound like a nice event. Check out the info below.

- will be held at Zepp Tokyo in Japan on May 4th, 2019
- a “special one-night only Fire Emblem event”
- is being run by Intelligent Systems
- live concert where numerous Fire Emblem songs will be performed
- vocals will be provided by Kawamura Yumi, a popular game music singer
- Yū Kobayashi, the Japanese voice actress for Lucina, will also be there
- there will be a CD featuring the songs performed at the concert, which is planned for a Spring 2019 release
- Radiant Dawn stage drama performed by the voices of Ike, Titania, Micaiah, Sothe and Soren
- artwork exhibition featuring Thracia 776’s original artworks
- merchandise booth
- tickets go on sale December 28th, 2018 at 6 pm (Japan time)
- prices range from 8,500 to 13,000 Yen (including tax)
- show opens at 5 pm, while the stage performances begin from 6 pm

List of Music

Story 2: Each Map’s Beginning – Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light

Final Chapter (The Final Holy War) – Genealogy of the Holy War
Beneath a New Light (Roy’s Courage) – Binding Blade
Companions – Blazing Blade
Determination – The Sacred Stones
Eternal Bond – Radiant Dawn
With Mila’s Divine Protection – Echoes
What Lies at the End – Echoes
Recruitment Medley

Story 5: Encounter – Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light

Recruitment – Genealogy of the Holy War
Comrades – The Sacred Stones
With Us! – Path of Radiance
Battle Medley
Blessing of the Eight Generals I – Blazing Blade
Applying Justice: Leidrick Battle – Thracia 776
Battle 1: Player Attack – Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light
The Devoted – Radiant Dawn
Against the Black Knight – Path of Radiance
Dark Emperor – Mystery of the Emblem

Vocal Songs

Id (Purpose) – Awakening
Dusk Falls – Fates
Lost in Thoughts All Alone – Fates
Fire Emblem Main Theme – Heroes

Pokemon Hub reopens in Hong Kong

After some changes and renovations, the official Pokemon Hub store in Hong Kong has reopened. The storey can be found in Langham Place, and fans were already checking out the location as soon as the doors opened. Good to see the store back in action!

Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki almost worked with Nintendo on a game

Nintendo has all sorts of game projects that never got off the ground, but this one truly stings. We now know that Nintendo was planning to team up with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli to create a title. Nintendo had gone so far as to approach Miyazaki, and Miyazaki was actually interested! He wanted to make a game that takes place in the world of insects, which would have the player seeing the world through the eyes of an insect. Unfortunately, Miyazaki's busy schedule lead to the derailment of this project.

Teaser for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie shown at São Paulo Comic-Con

I think we're all pretty interested in seeing what the Sonic the Hedgehog movie turns out like. We've seen the logo and some behind-the-scenes pics, but we're hungry for more! While we have to hold tight, Paramount revealed a sneak peak during their presentation at the Comic Con Experience in São Paulo, Brazil.

While we don't have footage or pics, we do have a few details. The teaser showed a version of Sonic that is recognizable to fans, but with a slightly more realistic approach. Picture how Pikachu looks in games versus the Detective Pikachu movie. The teaser continued on with Sonic running and breaking the sound barrier.

That's all the info we have right now, but we'll be sure to bring you more if it becomes available.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

First details on Tottori prefecture's Sandshrew Festival revealed

The Pokemon Company and the Tottori prefecture in Japan are hosting a Sandshrew Festival campaign from Dec. 6th, 2018 to January 14th, 2019. While the Festival was announced a couple weeks back, we finally have details on what those attending can do.

- Sandshrew and Alolan Sandshrew mascots are appearing in meet-and-greet sessions in Tottori
- a stamp rally will take place in Tottori
- collect stamps by visiting tourist attractions and you might win a special prize
- prizes include a Sandshrew Sand Statue Figurine by Mortar Magic and Times Sandshrew Letter Set by Inabi Washi
- take a Pokemon GO AR Photo in Tottori featuring Pokemon or the beautiful scenery and upload to Instagram/Twitter
- use the hashtag #sandoidetottori and you might win a prize
- prizes include an Alolan Sandshrew Sand Figurine by Mortar Magic, 10,000 yen gift voucher, and 3 Times Sandshrew Letter Set by Inabi Washi Cooperative Industry
- check out the sand sculpture featuring Sandshrew and Alolan Sandshrew in front of the museum near the Tottori sand dunes
- special and exclusive Sandshrew merchandise will be offered at local businesses in Tottori
- from December 6 to January 19, 2019, Sandshrew and Alolan Sandshrew encounters in Pokemon GO will drastically increase
- Sunaba Coffee (sand coffee) has changed its name to Sando Coffee (Sandshrew Coffee)
- find Sandshrew artwork and decorations at all Sandshrew Coffee locations in Tottori
- special Sandshrew Coffee menu items and merchandise will be offered at all locations in Tottori