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Official Instagram accounts have opened up for Nintendo in Latin America and Brazil

An Odyssey of Instagram accounts

Two official Nintendo corporate Instagram accounts have opened up today. Both the Latin America and Brazil accounts have a single image of Mario posted to announce their existence. It's nice to see Nintendo expand their social media presence across the world.

Thanks to andrewespino for the heads-up!

Check out these Japanese commercials for the Mister Donut/Sword & Shield collaboration

Mmm...donuts
A new Pokemon collaboration is happening in Japan with a donut production company. Pokemon Sword and Shield themed treats and goodies will be coming to Mister Donut in Japan, and new commercials are being televised to promote the event. Check out the deliciously exciting commercials below.

Famitsu most wanted for Oct. 31st to Nov. 6th, 2019

Almost time to say goodbye to Pokémon

It's the last week for Pokémon Sword/Shield dominating the Famitsu most wanted charts, as the game has officially launched. There is little doubt that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will snag the top position next week. Check out the list for Oct. 31st to Nov. 6th, 2019 below.

Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 670
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 471
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 276
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 241
Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 207
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 189
Ushiro (Switch) – 177
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays (Switch) – 76
Yo-kai Watch 4++ (Switch) – 74
TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 67
Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!~ (Switch) – below 64
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Switch) – below 64
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch) – below 64
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix (Switch) – below 64

PR - Risk of Rain 2 physical edition now storming retailers across North America and Europe

Let the physical copies rain down

FRISCO, Texas - Nov. 15, 2019 - Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today announced that Risk of Rain 2 physical edition for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One is now available in select retailers across North America and Europe. The physical edition includes the original 2D roguelike hit Risk of Rain on the same cartridge and a reversible cover with original artwork.

On top of this bundle, Risk of Rain 2 will receive continued developer support with new stages, playable Survivors, challenging adversaries and other content added through next year. The next update for all console platforms drops this winter, with more in store for spring and summer of 2020. Pick up a copy at Walmart, GameStop, Target and other retailers in-store or online just in time for the Holiday season.

The sequel to the beloved indie hit, Risk of Rain 2 brings 3D graphics and third-person shooter mechanics to the franchise while holding true to its roguelike roots. Survivors can play solo or team up with up to three other friends to fight through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot, and find a way to escape the planet.

Companies celebrate the release of 'Pokemon Sword and Shield' (Atlus, Bethesda, Arby's, Hulu, Crunchyroll & more)

With big video game releases comes big company promotions. Pokemon Sword and Shield has officially launched for Nintendo Switch, and corporations are taking to Twitter to congratulate, promote, and celebrate the games launch. Check out some of the most creative company Tweets below.

First up, is the DOOM Twitter account run by Bethesda Game Studios. This one is a more subtle Pokemon nod. The tweet features a gif of a DOOM enemies eye being torn out with the caption "eye choose you", clearly referencing "I choose you" (the catchphrase from the Pokemon anime).

Next, we have the the Arby's restaurant chain. The companies Twitter account has been known to create fun cardboard creations to celebrate video game launches (although in this case, it's more like 'lunches"). Sobble, Scorbunny, and Grookey look excellent!

Hulu spreads their love of Grookey with the hashtag #GrookeyGang. The only big streaming service currently available on Nintendo Switch is Hulu, so it's nice of them to promote Nintendo's latest big release.

This one is a fun one, as the official Pokemon Twitter account actually gets involved. Atlus U.S.A. posted a screenshot of Persona 5 with Morgana saying "I'm not a Pokémon." The caption for the Tweet wishes for a happy Sword and Shield release day, and jokingly states "Morgana, I choose you!" The Pokemon Company responded to the Tweet, making sure to clarify that Morgana is indeed NOT a Pokémon.

Pokemon can't even escape from the delicious goodness of ice cream. Drumstick expresses their Starter choice of Grookey in this Tweet, and rightfully so. He uses a stick after all.
Crunchyroll shared some beautiful original artwork from @nashirasauce featuring the anime streaming services mascot, Hime, as well as a variety of Pokemon. They lock their starter choice in with the hashtag #ScorbunnySquad.

This post will be updated as more companies begin celebrating the launch of Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield 'Mega Blox' sets may be coming from Mega Construx, Grookey teased

*Blox Grookey on Twitter*

While practically no official information has been given, a picture of Grookey made of blox has been posted to the official Mega Construx Twitter account. The construction toy company has collaborated with Pokemon in the past, so it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see the rest of the new Gen-8 Starters in Mega Blox forms soon. While this could just be a custom figure just for a promotional image, it seems likely a retail release will be announced at some point in the near future.

Mega Man manga illustrator 'Hitoshi Ariga' created Corviknight for Pokemon Sword & Shield

While Mega Man isn't a Pokemon, he is in our hearts

Although known for his artistic work on the Mega Man franchise, illustrator Hitoshi Ariga is no stranger to the Pokemon series. Having participated in character design in main-line Pokemon titles since X & Y, Hitoshi Ariga has returned for his developmental role on Sword and Shield.

Confirmation comes from the artist's Twitter account, revealing that he was the designer for the new Pokemon, Corviknight. Hitoshi Ariga announced that he worked on other Pokemon as well but can not yet talk about which ones, since it would be considered spoilers.

Limited Run Games pre-order page open for physical release of Mary Skelter 2, available for pre-order November 26th

View the pre-order page here!

Mary Skelter 2 on physical cartridge for the Nintendo Switch. Region free. This is an open pre-order for a limited time! This also includes the original Mary Skelter game on the cartridge (playable after completing Mary Skelter 2).

This release is not a part of the Limited Run Games Collection and is not a numbered release. We are distributing this title on behalf of Idea Factory for the Western market. Missing out on this release will not compromise a complete Limited Run set.

There is no limit on this item. Orders of 30 copies (or multiples of 30) will ship in factory sealed case pack.

Please Note: This item is a preorder and will not ship out until the games are manufactured with Nintendo. Items typically ship 2 - 4 months after sales close, but may ship sooner. You can track production on your order page.

Pokémon Sword & Shield gets a Famitsu print ad

Pokémon Print & Pokémon Ad

As it's launch day for a brand new main-line series Pokémon game, there is no surprise that advertising for the RPG is in full force. This weeks issue of Famitsu features a beautiful full-page advert, and includes all the Japanese box-art of previous Pokémon games. A new generation of Pocket Monsters is here!

B-Side Games considering 'Ise Shima Mystery' localization, asks Western fans about interest & then deletes tweet

Another day, another deleted Tweet

Ise Shima Mystery Guide: The False Black Pearl has yet to be released outside of Japan. However, it appears that consideration is underway for the game to be available to Western audiences. This recently released information comes from a now deleted tweet from Flyhigh Works' physical imprint company, B-side Games, asking fans if there is any interest in localization for the title. Read the full archived Tweet below.

We are considering an English localization for ISESHIMA MYSTERY but we wanted to know if our Western fans would be interested in it ? – BOSSCAT


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