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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.

Pokemon Center Singapore suspends all in-store events due to coronavirus concerns

Pokemon Center Singapore has made an announcement concerning in-store events. For the time being, all in-store events will be called off as a way to protect against the coronavirus. Check out the full statement on the matter below.

[Events Cancellation Announcement]

Due to the growing presence of COVID-19, we regret to inform you that the below mentioned events will be temporarily suspended. We hope to resume these activities as soon as the situation improves.

This includes all our mascot appearances, TCG and VGC Elite 4 Challenges, Pokémon Explorer Tours, TCG Free Battles, and all our workshops (Colouring, Spelling, TCG Classrooms). Do note that Birthday Services will still be available in our store.

Please do take this time to practise extra caution, and stay healthy by observing safe social distancing in Pokémon Center Singapore or any other place you intend to visit, by following any given guidelines and notices in-store or otherwise.

With the efforts of everyone, we will get through this difficult time, and hopefully come back even greater than before.
Thank you for your understanding, and we do apologise for any inconveniences caused.

Rocket League - New update arriving on March 25th at 10 a.m. PDT

A new Rocket League update is on the way! It seems to be a relatively minor update, but changes to the game are still being made nonetheless! We shall post when the full patch notes are available.

Nintendo grabs a trademark for an iconic Mario image

Here we go!

Nintendo is always filing new trademarks for game names and more, and their latest is tied to the Mario series. Nintendo has filed for a trademark for the above image of a question mark block, which should be familiar to anyone who's played a Mario game. The filing applies to a ton of purposes, including video gaming, merchandising, memory storage, clothing, toys, household appliances, stationary, processed foods, and much more.

Sony going after Dreams creations that use Nintendo IP at the request of Nintendo

Nintendo is not happy

People have been using Dreams to create anything and everything in their wildest imagination. The PS4 game is all about bringing your ideas to life, and for some people, that means working with already-existing franchises.

Countless creations are out there that aim to recreate existing properties, and Nintendo titles are definitely in the mix. While most companies seem to let these creations slide, the Big N is moving in to shut down these experiences.

Dreams content create @Piece_of_Craft has shared a note stating that "a big video game company" reached out about his projects and asked him to stop. Wondering what company that is? In the same message, @Piece_of_Craft states that all of his Mario projects in Dreams are now on hold.

To get even more specific, @Piece_of_Craft said he received an email from the legal and business affairs division of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, which stated that Nintendo had objected to the use of Mario in his Dreams project. Expect the same to happen for any other Nintendo-related IP that fans try to recreate in Dreams.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Nintendo's distributor in Saudi Arabia temporarily huts down due to coronavirus concerns

Shas Samurai is the official distributor for Nintendo products in Saudi Arabia, and they've taken to Twitter to announce that they'll be closing their offices for an undetermined amount of time. This closure is coming as a precaution for the coronavirus. During this time, customers can still reach out to Shas Samurai by phone for questions and repair info.

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