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Pokenichi teasing more Pokemon game news next week

For the third week in a row, Japanese variety show Pokenchi is teasing some new information for Pokemon video game fans. This time around, they're going to share some new Pokemon game news. Whether this means new info on an already-announced game, or something else altogether remains to be seen. The episode with this info is set to air on Sept. 30th, 2018.

Mario Kart VR making its U.S. debut in Washington D.C.

Japan and England had a chance to play Mario Kart VR, but us here in the states haven't had the chance. That's about to change, thanks to VR Zone Portal in Washington D.C.. Their location is going to bring in the Mario Kart VR experience come Oct. 1st, 2018. No word on other locations getting the game at this time.

Kirby Cafe reservations filled up to October 31st, 2018

Looks like people in Japan are extremely eager to get a seat at the Kirby Cafe 2018. Reservations for the cafe opened up today, and over the course of 4 hours, every single available slot was booked. That includes every day from Sept. 27th to October 31st, 2018. No worries though, as another round of reservations will be opening soon, which are for Nov. 1st to 30th, 2018.

Final Fantasy composer taking indefinite sick leave

Longtime Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu has announced that he's taking an indefinite sick leave due to fatigue. The move was announced on his official blog.

“From composing new works to holding concerts around the world, my days have been hectic, yet fulfilling. The resulting fatigue, however, has finally caught up with me, and I find it mentally and physically difficult to go on at my current pace. Do not worry. Once I’ve made a full recovery, I’ll be back doing what I do best.”

Nintendo takes the 11th spot in Forbes' "Top 250 reliable companies" list

There have been a lot of lists from various organizations lately, and now Forbes Japan is getting in on the action with their list of the 'top 250 reliable companies,' which is part of its 'Global 2000' feature that focuses on the entire world. In that massive list, Nintendo has come in at 11th place worldwide. When you look at things from a Japanese perspective, this would mean Nintendo was actually voted the #1 most reliable company in Japan, edging out Toyota. You can find the worldwide top 12 below.

1. Walt Disney (USA)
2. Hilton (USA)
3. Ferrari (Italy)
4. VISA (USA)
5. Paypal (USA)
6. Netflix (USA)
7. Siemens (Germany)
8. Amazon (USA)
9. Marriott International (USA)
10. Mastercard (USA)
11. Nintendo (Japan)
12. Toyota (Japan)

There's never been a more awkward Toad-related story than this

I saw this story a few hours ago, and wasn't quite sure what to do with it. It's one of those things that's definitely Nintendo related, but it's also sure to rile people up, and it's very adult in nature as well. I knew people would be sending it my way if I didn't post, and that's indeed what's been happening. I guess it's time to bite the bullet and pass this along, especially since it lead to a trending hashtag for a bit.

I'm not going to provide the specifics of the story here. You'll have to hit up the source link if you want those details. That way the decision is left up to you. What I will say is that this story involves President Donald Trump, adult film star Stormy Daniels, and an anecdote about a certain body part that just so happens to look like Toad. That's all you're getting out of me. Hit up the link if you want the details, but be prepared!

Thanks to all who sent this in!

Pokemon Co. apologizes for Trading Card Game shortages in Japan, increasing production

The Pokemon Trading Card Game has been riding a new wave of success throughout the year, and it only seems to be growing. This has lead to a number of products being sold out, including the recent launch of the GX Starter Kit. The situation is so bad that Pokemon Co. has posted up an apology for the shortages on their website. They promise that more units of the Starter Kit are coming to retailers this month, and the upcoming expansion “Dark Order”, will have a larger production run. The same goes for the the GX Ultra Shiny releasing in November.

Nintendo sees their brand recognition rise in the UK, according to Brand Relevance Index survey

Prophet's Brand Relevance Index for 2018 has been released, revealing the most-relevant brands in the UK. The results come from a poll of 11,500 consumers in the UK about 240 brands across 27 categories.

The Playstation brand came in highest overall, taking the third spot. That was followed by Nintendo in eleventh place. Nintendo has actually moved up two spots since last year, which is no doubt thanks to the success of the Switch. For those wondering, the Xbox brand came in at 17, which is 6 spots lower than last year.

Wondering what the case is in the states? We would love to tell you, but there's no data to share! Even though the US results have been shared, Nintendo was not listed at all. This either means absolutely no one knows what Nintendo is in the states, or for some reason, they weren't included in the list. Both Playstation and Xbox were included.

Sonic Mania Adventures Production Manager fuels speculation of more animation to come

Sonic Mania Adventures was a wonderful little series featuring Sonic and friends. The shorts drew a lot of attention and love from Sonic fans, and I think we'd all like to see more. While nothing has been confirmed in any way, shape, or form, the production manager on Sonic Mania Adventures has been the cause of some recent speculation on the series' return.

Above is an image of the production manager dropping in on SEGA's HQ, and while the purpose of the visit isn't explained, all the hashtags attached to the image have some thinking a new series is in the works. I don't think it's a surprise to see the speculation taking off, and I would imagine this sort of attention would be expected when considering the use of those hashtags. Whether something is actually going on, or fans are just speculating wildly, remains to be seen.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Nintendo Six Months Earnings Release set for Oct. 30th, 2018

Looking for your next round of financial info from the Big N? Mark your calendars for Oct. 30th, as Nintendo has confirmed the date for the release of their Six Months Earnings report. This will be the usual two-day affair, with the bulk of sales info coming day one, and the investor Q&A on the second day.