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Japanese arcade game 'Pokemon Gaole' being discontinued in Fall 2020

Goodnight, sweet Poké...

The Japanese Pokemon arcade game "Pokemon Gaole" will sadly be discontinued in Fall 2020, Takara Tomy has announced. This means the machines themselves will no longer operate, and production of any new cabinets will obviously come to an end. Membership services will close on September 30, 2020, so it seems likely the game itself will get its discontinuation around the same time. The date of shutdown will be dependent on the individual stores operating the machines.

【大切なおしらせ】
ポケモンガオーレをお楽しみいただきありがとうございます。
ガオーレはグランドラッシュ5弾をもって稼動終了となります。
終了時期は2020年秋頃を予定しております。
長らくお楽しみいただきましたお客様に心より深く御礼申し上げます。

Pikachu Sweets by Pokemon Cafe plushies announced for Japan

Don't you just wanna pinch their little electric cheeks?

Two new adorable Pikachu plushies (and 2 keychains) have been announced for the Pikachu Sweets by Pokemon Cafe store in Japan! Launching on July 4th 2020, you'll be able to purchase your new sweet and soft Pokemon companions for ¥2,200 (¥1,320 for the keychains) exclusively at Pokemon Cafe Tokyo, Pokemon Cafe Osaka, and Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo. Sadly, worldwide availability is currently unavailable, and it's unknown if an option will open up in the future.

Check out all the details on the Pokemon Center website here!

Banpresto releasing "Kirby Hat Studio" box, featuring items previously only available through Japanese lotteries

Look how cute Kirby is in his little hat!

In September of last year, a ichiban kuji (basically a Japanese in-store lottery) was held for exclusive Kirby Hat Studio products. While previously only obtainable in Japan, Banpresto has announced that they will be releasing a Premium Bandai box featuring some of the Kirby products from the collection! An all new 4.7" Kirby plush keychain will also be included.

Available from July 22nd until August 31st, the Premium Bandai Kirby Hat Studio Banpresto Box is priced at $29.99 with a January 2021 delivery date. Check out the pre-order page here!

TV series adaptation of 'My Friend Pedro' officially in the works, written and produced by John Wick co-creator

Time to go bananas!

Just last week, we heard rumblings that John Wick co-creator Derek Kolstad was pitching the idea for a TV series adaptation of Devolver Digital's My Friend Pedro. It looks like the pitch was successful, as Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights for the project to begin production alongside DJ2 Entertainment and 87North Productions. Derek Kolstad will be writing and executive producing the upcoming R-rated dramedy series.

Executive producers also include: 87North's David Leitch (co-director of John Wick) & Kelly McCormick; DJ2's Johnson, Stephan Bugaj & Howard Bliss; and Mike Wilson (co-founder of Devolver Digital).

Devolver Digital to share an update on their next Devolver Direct tomorrow

Devolver Digital previously shared that they'd be hosting a Devolver Direct, even though E3 2020 was called off. We're still not sure when the event is taking place, but it seems we'll be getting an update on the situation. Devolver Digital has confirmed that 'good news' is coming tomorrow, so we'll make sure we keep our eyes peeled for that and share the info with you.

Bandai Namco announces 'Play Anime Live' showcase for July 22nd, 2020

Bandai Namco has revealed Play Anime Live, a digital showcase that's set to air on July 22nd, 2020 at 7 PM ET. The show will feature news and trailers for console games, as well as Q&A with the developers, giveaways, and more. While no specific games were mentioned, there's sure to be some Switch content included.

EGX 2020 cancelled, digital event in collaboration with PAX Online announced

The gang behind EGX 2020 has announced that they won't be hosting their traditional event this year due to the pandemic. The new plan is to host an online event that's in collaboration with PAX Online.

EGX Digital is part of a 9-day, 24-hour online event running from Sept. 12th to 20th. The event will feature developer sessions, panels, playable games, competitive gaming, access to hundreds of indie titles, online meet and greets and more. We'll bring you specifics when they become available.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

New Pikachu-themed Nintendo Switch merchandise available on Play-Asia


A huge, new set of Pikachu-themed merchandise is now available for purchase over on Play-Asia! From headsets to controllers to game cases, just about any sort of Nintendo Switch accessory now has Pikachu's face plastered on it! This promotion is known as the Pikachu-POP Promotion, and the accessories are being manufactured by HORI, famous for manufacturing all sorts of other gaming-related merch.

Click here to check out all of the Pikachu goodness!

Nintendo not planning any large in-person events for the time being

Better safe than sorry

Nintendo wants to make sure they can keep fans and press alike safe, which is why they're not planning any large in-person events for the time being. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed this information during a Q&A with shareholders.

The industry at large is staying far away from large-scale in-person events due to the pandemic, and Nintendo plans to do the same. Furukawa says that Nintendo will work to bring announcements and news in other ways going forward.

Thanks to Sephazon for the translation.

Pokemon Store Singapore Online set to open

What's in store for Singapore

Pokemon Singapore has announced that a special online store is going to open on July 1st, 2020. This online store will be hosted on the e-commerce platform Shopee, and will include all sorts of Pokemon merch. Fans will be able to snag Pokemon Center Singapore 1 year anniversary items featuring Lapras Poncho Pikachu and Celebi Poncho Pikachu, as well as the lifesize Psyduck plush.

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