First official Super Nintendo World building has gone up at Universal Studios Japan

It might not be too exciting to see visually, but it's definitely a good sign for things to come. This is the first building tied to Super Nintendo World over at Universal Studios Japan. No idea what's going to go into this building, but hopefully we'll get some more pics in the near future!

Nintendo NY celebrating Pokemon Day as well

Want a chance of seeing one of those fancy Pikachu suits deflate in person? Your best bet will be at Pokemon NY, since Pikachu is going to be there for photo ops! Let's hope all goes well, but if the suit does malfunction...can someone grab some footage?!

New footage of the latest Pokemon movie coming Feb. 27th, 2018

It's been a few months since we've seen any footage of the new Pokemon movie for 2018, but that's about to change in just a few days. New footage of the film is going to premiere on the Japanese variety show, Oha Suta, on February 27th. No word on whether it will be a sneak peek or a proper trailer.

Thanks to Nintyrift for the heads up!

Details on the patents Nintendo feels mobile company Colopl has infringed upon

Back in January, we shared news of Nintendo suing mobile company Colopl for supposedly infringing on 5 of the company's patents. Now we have more information on the patents Nintendo believes Colopl infringed upon. They include a patent for auto-attacking characters, a sleep mode confirmation screen, multiplayer connectivity, and player visibility when behind a wall or object. You can see more details of each patent here.

Nintendo makes FastCompany's "World's Most Innovative Companies"

Nintendo has grabbed themselves yet another award. The Big N was included on FastCompany's top 50 list for the World's Most Innovative Companies. This list includes companies from all different industries, which Apple taking the #1 spot. Nintendo came in at #18, but also managed to take the top spot in FastCompany's Most Innovative Game Companies list.

Nintendo details changes to the Nintendo Creators Program following YouTube Partners Program update

Thank you for using the Nintendo Creators Program. In January, changes were made to the YouTube service. This email will explain how this will impact the Nintendo Creators Program.

As YouTube informed the creators, the YouTube Partners Program requirements were changed: New channels require 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers in order to be eligible for monetization. It was also announced that, for existing channels, the same requirements will be applied from Feb. 20, 2018. After Feb. 20, channels that do not reach the requirements will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube.

The Nintendo Creators Program requires agreement to and participation in the YouTube Partner Program, so if channels do not meet the above eligibility requirements, they will not be able to monetize on the Nintendo Creators Program from their videos.

Further, please be aware that if you already have your channel registered to the Nintendo Creators Program, those channels that do not meet the requirements will be deactivated from the Program by YouTube.

Thanks to Neomew for the heads up!

IGN Select Awards event to have an "unnamed Nintendo game"

The IGN Select Awards is an event where fan votes are tallied to pick a number of games worthy of being called the best in various categories. The event also has a place for show-goers to play some games, and IGN recently sent out an email detailing some of the titles on-hand. Turns out one of them should be quite interesting to Nintendo fans.

- Detroit: Become Human
- Far Cry 5
- Ni No Kuni 2
- Swords of Ditto
- Minit
- I Hate Running Backwards
- one unnamed Nintendo game

No idea the platform for this game, but you'd have to guess that Switch makes the most sense. The good news is, we don't have to hold onto this suspense for long, as the awards are set to start later today!

THQ Nordic buys Koch Media for $149.6 million

THQ Nordic has agreed to acquire Koch Media in a deal worth €121 million ($149.6 million). The closing of the transaction is expected to happen later today.

The deal includes the entire of the Koch business, including Deep Silver - which publishes titles such as Saints Row, Dead Island and Metro. It means that Saints Row and Metro now both fall back under the THQ banner, alongside other THQ Nordic brands such as De Blob, Darksiders, MX vs ATV, Red Faction and Destroy All Humans.

Rita Ora joins the cast of Detective Pikachu

The cast for the Detective Pikachu film just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It's been announced that Rita Ora is now part of the film, although her role was not detailed. Ora is known for her work as a singer, and she most recently appeared in the 50 Shades of Grey franchise.

E3 2018 floorplans show Nintendo grabbing their usual spots

Doesn't seem like anything special is going on with Nintendo at this year's E3. The floor plans for the big event have surfaced, and Nintendo is once again the spot they usually are, opposite Sony's booth. They've also grabbed the small theater they usually do every year, which is used for business presentations and sometimes press gatherings.