Nintendo's North American online store not handling physical orders due to coronavirus restrictions

If you're looking to order something from Nintendo's online store, you're going to have to wait a bit. While digital orders are no problem, anything that includes shipping a physical item is on-hold until the coronavirus pandemic is under control. You can read Nintendo's message to customers below.

Due to preventive measures put in place for COVID-19, and in accordance with federal and local guidelines, our fulfillment centers are closed and we are unable to take orders for physical products until further notice. Digital products are still available for purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and Game Freak Inc. grab a trademark for 'Pokemon Game Gym'

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and Game Freak Inc. have applied for a trademark for the Pokémon Game Gym logo above. This will be used for multiple purposes, including video gaming, merchandising, the planning/operation/holding of game tournaments and video game events, and much more.

Netflix confirms fourth season of Castlevania

You can count on Dracula

The third season of Netflix's Castlevania debuted quite recently, but Netflix is already looking ahead to the future. The company took to Twitter to confirm that a fourth season of the series has been greenlit. No word on when to expect its release, but I'd imagine we're in for a bit of a wait. We'll keep an eye out for more info.

Nintendo TOKYO will be closed this weekend

Nintendo TOKYO is going to be closed the weekend of March 28th and 29th. This is because the Shibuya PARCO building where the store is located will be closed for the weekend. The store will reopen on March 30th, 2020 with the new schedule that we shared a few days back.

Composer of Panzer Dragoon Saga and Orta, Saori Kobayashi will be returning for the Panzer Dragoon remake

Let your ears say thank you

A video message has been released on the official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter account confirming Saori Kobayashi's involvement in composing the music for the title. Kobayashi was the composer for two of the games in the series (Saga and Orta), so it's great to see her make a triumphant return.

Taipei Game Show 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Taipei Game Show 2020 has officially been called off. The show was originally planned to happen in February 2020, but even organizers pushed it back to June 2020 due to the coronavirus. Now, after monitoring the situation closely, the team feels that holding the event in June 2020 wouldn't be a wise decision. The event has now been called off altogether.

Nintendo donates thousands respirator masks to help protect fire and rescue teams against coronavirus

N95 particulate respirator masks are in high demand right now for those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus. Numerous companies have been doing their part to step up and offer masks to those in need, and that includes Nintendo.

The Big N has donated thousands (the article is unclear as to whether it's 9,500 or 95,000) of those masks to the Eastside Fire and Rescue in North Bend, Washington. Nintendo originally had the masks for emergency preparedness planning, but felt they would be better used by the Fire and Rescue teams.

Nintendo of America closes down repair centers due to coronavirus guidelines, will remain shut until further notice

Nintendo of America has announced that their repair centers are now closed due to new guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can find the full message from Nintendo below.

Due to preventive measures put in place for the COVID-19 coronavirus, and in accordance with federal and local guidelines, our repair centers are closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Once repair services resume, we will work as quickly as possible to get you playing again.

Please note that, during this closure, products sent in for repair may be returned to you as undeliverable.

If our repair center has already received your product, it will remain there until repair services resume.

Over in the UK, it seems that things are slowing down at repair centers, but they aren't yet closed. Check out the Nintendo UK message below.

We are working hard to maintain high customer service standards during the current challenging times, but please understand that there may be delays in responses to messages and processing repairs.

We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during this challenging time. Thank you for your understanding and for your patience.

Sony working to pull a wider range of Nintendo-related IP from Dreams following Mario content removal

A nightmare for Sony

A few days back, we broke the story of Sony removing a Mario-related game from Dreams at Nintendo's request. Nintendo doesn't want to see Mario experiences recreated by Dreams users, nor his likeness appearing in the game. Many suspected that was just the beginning, and it turns out that's indeed the case.

Sony has confirmed to GamesIndustry that they're working to pull a wider range of Nintendo IP from Dreams at Nintendo's request. Specifics on the content being removed was not given, but it's likely that any Nintendo-related content is part of the removal process. Check out Sony's statement on the matter below.

"Sony Interactive Entertainment is notifying the affected users that an IP Infringement Notice has been received from Nintendo and that the content will be removed. We cannot comment on volume of content to be removed, this is done on an individual case by case basis."

Nintendo shuts down Kickstarter over Animal Crossing IP infringement

Don't mess with the Big N

A Kickstarter recently surfaced that was looking to pull in £1,000 for the above "New Adventures Passport Travel Holder." As you can see, the product includes a lot of imagery that is extremely close to that of Animal Crossing. Looks like it was close enough for Nintendo to swoop in and shut things down.

The Kickstarter managed to amass £34,000 before being closed, but it seems like the project now has little chance of ever seeing release. The entire campaign is over, and visiting the page will now give you the following message.

"New Adventures Passport Travel Holder is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable."
There's likely no way for this campaign to return, unless it completely changes up its design. People were buying this in the first place due to the Animal Crossing-like imagery, so I don't think they'd be willing to cough up the cash for a completely different design.


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