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Spike Chunsoft teasing 'exciting news' via a live-stream next week

You would think that all developers would blow their biggest news during E3 week, but not Spike Chunsoft. They're going to have a special live-stream on June 19th, 2019, and they apparently have some exciting stuff to share.

“We’ve got some exciting news to share next week!. Tune in to our live stream on Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. PDT to learn more.”

We're not sure if the information will be Nintendo related, but we'll certainly tune in and check out what the gang has to say.

Numerous Nintendo devs get promotions

Moving on up

Some of Nintendo's most well-known developers are climbing the corporate ranks, it appears. Nintendo has detailed the following changes in position for some higher-ups.

- Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda series, has been promoted to Deputy General Manager
- Hisashi Nogami, responsible for the Splatoon and Animal Crossing franchises, has been promoted to Deputy General Manager
- Aya Kyogoku, known for work on the Animal Crossing series, has been promoted to Manager of EPD Production Group No. 5
- Yoshiko Ikebata is now with EPD Production Group No. 6, which manages Luigi’s Mansion and Metroid Prime games

Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds Deck Tips: Weezing

Don't choke!

Pokemon.com has put together another feature on Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, and this time they're providing tips for how to best use the Weezing card. Check out the rundown below.

Pokémon-GX, TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX, and other cards depicting the rarest and most powerful Pokémon soak up the spotlight in many powerful decks. But you don't need these Pokémon to be successful in the Pokémon TCG—with some clever support, less-heralded Pokémon can float to the top. Weezing from Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds is one such card—the Poison Gas Pokémon is probably best known for being on the wrong side of Pikachu's Thunderbolt early in Pokémon the Series, but its most recent appearance in the Pokémon TCG shows it can be quite formidable.

Full feature here

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak grab a new trademark

Nothing too special

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark in Japan. The trademark is for "イラストラボ" (Illustration Lab) , and it applies to the provision of downloadable image files, programs for home video game consoles, and more. The Illustration Lab is an website featuring Pokémon art assets for non-commercial use.

E3 2020 dated for June 9th to 11th, 2020

I need a year to recuperate

E3 2019 isn't even over yet, but we're already talking about next year's show. A banner at the LA Convention Center confirms that E3 2020 is going to kick off on June 9th and run to June 11th. Mark the calendar now, and make sure to take the week off from work!

Nintendo stock takes a hit following E3 Direct, investors angered by Animal Crossing delay, wanted cloud-based tech and Switch redesign

Stock, drop and roll

Investors will never, ever make sense to me. It seems the happier fans are, the less investors are pleased. Case in point, yesterday's Nintendo Direct. While fans were certainly pleased with what went down, investors were not, and it caused a notable drop in Nintendo's stock the following day, tumbling 3.53% overall.

What were the reasons for Nintendo's stock drop? Most pointed to the delay of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which definitely stung fans as well. Going further, investors also wanted to hear about cloud-based tech from Nintendo, as well as the rumored Switch redesign, and were hoping for a 'major collaboration' with Microsoft. Like I said, the Animal Crossing stuff I get. The other stuff? It's almost like these investors don't pay attention to Nintendo!

Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct "Doug Bowser" joke needed some explanation for Japanese audiences

Bowser meets Bowser

In yesterday's Nintendo Direct, there was a joke about Nintendo America president Doug Bowser sharing his name with Nintendo's top villain. This didn't need any explanation in Europe or North America, but needed some context in Japan. Nintendo added in some subtitles, addressing Bowser as “King Bowser” and Doug Bowser as “Nintendo of America President."

Pokemon manga e-books available in schools/libraries worldwide via OverDrive, Inc.

Summer reading

Students and library fans around the world can now take advantage of various Pokemon manga e-books, thanks to OverDrive Inc.. If you visit overdrive.com, you can find a participating school/library, and then you'll have access to Pokemon manga added through Viz Media. Now that's how you get kids interested in reading!

Pokemon Center Osaka DX and Pokemon Cafe Osaka announced

Osaka gets a double dose of Pokemon fun

The Pokemon Company has both Pokemon Center Osaka DX and Pokemon Cafe in Osaka, Japan. The Pokemon Center Osaka DX and Pokemon Cafe will be connected to one another, and are being opened at Daimaru Shinsaibashi on September 20, 2019.

Pokemon Center Osaka DX will have three Kanto Legendary Pokemon statues; Articuno (1.7m tall), Zapdos (1.6m tall), and Moltres (2.0m tall). Pokemon Center Osaka DX and Pokemon Cafe will be 763 square meters.

Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero? dated for Japan

The next big movie hits Dec. 2019

The next Yo-Kai Watch movie has finally gotten its Japanese release date. Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero? was announced awhile back, but today we learn that it'll launch in Japan on Dec. 13th, 2019. This release date confirmation comes way of CoroCoro Magazine, which also states that the first 100k pre-purchase tickets come with a Yo-kai Ark.