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Reggie Fils-Aime To Step Down From Nintendo Role

It’s time for a change of leadership at Nintendo America, as Reggie Fils-Aime is stepping down from his position as President of the US segment of the company.

On April 15, Reggie will officially hang up the mantle, one that saw him launch the Wii, 3DS, Wii U, and Switch. He joined the company at the tail end of 2003, and gained stardom when he showed up at Nintendo’s E3 press conference and proclaimed, “My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.” 

“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said in a press release. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”

Replacing Reggie will be Doug Bowser, currently the head of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America. His last name also makes him a very appropriate choice for that position.

“It has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America,” Bowser said (while not trying to capture any princesses). “And rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendo’s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come.”

Doug Bowser joined Nintendo in 2015 as vice president of sales. He previously worked at Electronic Arts and Procter & Gamble.

We wish Reggie all the best in his future endeavors.

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New Wave Toys Arcade Cabinets – Toy Fair 2019

Peter from New Wave Toys walks us through their line of 1/6 scale fully-functional mini arcade cabinets during NY Toy Fair 2019.

Check out the video below:

These are great for display and play, and the new Street Fighter 2 cabinet includes a second controller so you can play against friends. Also new is a USB charging port in the shape of the old change machines seen in arcades.

Learn more about them at this link here.

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If you liked this product, you may also like Arcade1Up, who showed off two new sizes of arcade cabinets at Toy Fair 2019, in addition to new titles for their normal sized cabinets.

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Arcade1Up New Games At NY TOY FAIR 2019 – LIVE

Let’s check out the new Arcade1up arcade cabinets at NY Toy Fair 2019, including some new debuts at this event – as in debuts of games and arcade cabinets!

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“The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” Gets Switch Remake Later This year

The very first Legend of Zelda game for a handheld system, “Link’s Awakening” is making a comeback with a newly reinvigorated upgrade on the Switch.

During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, the remake was announced, along with how it will differ from its predecessor.

Unlike the original Gameboy version as a 2-D top-down RPG, the Switch remake will use 3D models to modernize the look and feel of the game.

Check out the trailer below:

Originally released for the Game Boy system more than 25 years ago in 1993, one of the most beloved games in The Legend of Zelda series returns. In this modern re-imagining, players once again return to the mysterious island of Koholint to guide Link on a perilous adventure.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening arrives exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2019.

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Jade Joins “Mortal Kombat 11” Roster

During yesterday’s episode of the Kombat Kast, the team at NetherRealm Studios revealed another character who will be joining the game’s roster. Missing from Mortal Kombat X, Jade was announced to be part of the roster for the upcoming fighting game.

Check out her character trailer below, where puts a beating on poor Baraka:

“Armed with her iconic Bo Staff, Jade serves the Netherrealm as an undead Revenant resurrected by an evil sorcerer.”

Jade’s confirmation as a playable characters brings the MK11 roster to 11, which includes Baraka, Geras, Kano, D’Vorah, Kabal, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Sonya Blade and Skarlett. 

Jade made her first appearance in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and even appeared in the movie, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”.

“Mortal Kombat 11” releases for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 23 in the US.

Meanwhile, McFarlane Toys just announced they picked up the license for Mortal Kombat action figures ahead of NY Toy Fair 2019.

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“Apex Legends” Player Finds Loch Ness Monster In Game

“Apex Legends” has barely been released to the public for very long, and already fans are discovering all sorts of secrets. Case in point, one avid gamer has discovered a dinosaur hanging out in the water. It’s just any dino, though, it’s the Loch Ness Monster!

Okay, so it may not be the official Loch Ness Monster since he/she is native to Scotland, but this is most definitely related to that species. Nessy, as folks are calling it, was discovered by the Apex Legends community in a true group effort. The gamers figured out not only the location of these adorable Nessy plush toys that littered the map, but also the exact order of how to pick them up in order to reveal the underwater titan.

Check out the video below to see Nessy and learn how you can do this:

Is this a tease for future plans in the game? Probably not, but it’s still pretty darn cool. It does make one wonder, what other secrets are in the current map that we don’t even know about yet? And how on earth will we find them all?

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Add “Mortal Kombat” to List Of New Licenses for McFarlane Toys – Toy Fair 2019

Just when you thought McFarlane Toys was finished making announcements before NY Toy Fair 2019, they went ahead and dropped a biggie!

Over on their McFarlane Toys Gaming facebook page, the company posted the image below, with the vague caption, “Another brand is coming to McFarlane Toys…. Any guesses?”

Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out! The picture is one of the the most recognizable things in gaming, as well as most quotable part, from the ultra-violent fighting game “Mortal Kombat”.

The big question is next is who will they make for the first wave? With so many unique character designs over the years, they will have a gamut to choose from, between modern versions and classic incarnations.

So far, McFarlane Toys has announced new products for My Hero Academia, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and DC comics. Expect some of this product to be revealed during NY Toy Fair this weekend.

There have been a lot of reveals leading up to NY Toy Fair. Some of the highlights so far have included Hasbro teasing us with a first glimpse of their new Overwatch figuresDiamond Select purchasing Gentle GiantHasbro’s “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” figures,  Mezco’s new One:12 Captain Marvel figureMego announced new 14″ Star Trek figures, and a new line based on characters from Stan Lee’s vault, and Neca debuted a great looking Shredder and Karate Kid set.

Stay tuned this weekend as our exclusive NY Toy Fair 2019 coverage begins on Saturday! 

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Hasbro Teases Us With Sneak Peek Of “Overwatch” Figures – Starting With Tracer

I have been waiting for months, trying not to go insane, since the announcement by Hasbro that they were making figures from “Overwatch”. Now, with NY Toy Fair 2019 looming over us, we finally have something to see – a shadowy sneak peek of their new line of OW figures, starting with Tracer!

The image was posted by the Hasbro Pulse instagram, who wrote, “Cheers love, the cavalry’s (almost) here! #OverwatchUltimatesSeries reveals Saturday 2/16 at #HasbroToyFair”

While we don’t officially know much about the figures, we do know that they will be within the six-inch scale, like their Marvel Legends figures. My hope is that the larger characters like Winston and D.VA will be build-a-figures, instead of much more expensive (and harder to find) separately packed toys.

Expect much more during NY Toy Fair, including an up-close look at their booth when we visit them over the weekend.

There have been a lot of reveals leading up to NY Toy Fair. Some of the highlights so far have included Diamond Select purchasing Gentle GiantHasbro’s “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” figuresMcFarlane Toys picking up the Wizarding World of Harry Potter license, Mezco’s new One:12 Captain Marvel figureMego announced new 14″ Star Trek figures, and a new line based on characters from Stan Lee’s vault, and Neca debuted a great looking Shredder and Karate Kid set.

Stay tuned this weekend as our exclusive NY Toy Fair 2019 coverage begins on Saturday! 

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Busted! Fake Amiibo Cards Seized In Taiwan

There is a great deal of counterfeiting that comes from overseas, some of which could pass for legit product, and plenty more that is clearly not the genuine article. Today, we have a report originating from Asia, where some poor Nintendo fans were getting their legs yanked while buying some fake Amiibo cards.

According to a report from Apple Daily (originally posted on Twitter by  ChineseNintendo), a 35-year-old man from Taipei was arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit NFC-enabled cards on Taobao for around $16 Taiwanese dollars, the equivalent of 52 cents USD a card.

Police discovered the man was in possession of 6,850 fake cards, some of which used fan art in lieu of the official art.

“The Bao Er Corps pointed out that it has recently been discovered that major online auction stores have appeared to imitate the company’s trademarks, making the “Amiibo” dolls into “cards”, “NFC cards are not Amiibo dolls”, “NS NFC props cards, Collectible cards, self-made cards and other keywords are dumped in large quantities, each selling for about 16 yuan, compared with the original Amiibo doll about 500 to 600 yuan, can be said to be quite low, but also many players mistakenly believe that the purchase of affordable Genuine game plug-in cards.”

“After reporting to the Taipei District Court of Taiwan for issuing a search ticket, a counterfeit commodity was seized in a man named Wu, a Xinyi District, Taipei City.”

On the plus side, at least the folks who bought these didn’t lose a ton of money. There needs to be much more work done to deal with all of the counterfeiting that happens overseas, but that is sadly out of our hands. Best thing you can do as a consumer is support the official releases and avoid the knock-offs.

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“Apex Legends” Reveals It Has Two LGBTQ Characters

EA’s “Apex Legends” has been killing it for gamers this week, hitting over 10 million users in just a mere three days! With impressive graphics, awesome gameplay, and just generally being a ton of fun, “Apex Legends” is quickly becoming the game to beat. It may also be one of most progressive shooter games at launch.

In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Respawn community manager Jay Frechette revealed Bloodhound is non-binary:

“I mention Bloodhound, a tracker character sporting futuristic plague doctor garb, and Frechette confirms that yes, Bloodhound is non-binary, or at least non-specified, in terms of gender.”

Meanwhile, on the official Apex Legends website, it’s revealed that Gibraltar is gay:

Gibraltar is a gentle giant with a wild side. The son of two SARAS (Search and Rescue Association of Solace) volunteers, he has always been skilled at getting others out of dangerous situations that are common in the Outlands. However, he only began to understand the value of protecting others when he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride, and got trapped by a deadly mudslide. His parents saved them, and his father lost an arm in the process. Gibraltar has never forgotten that sacrifice and has devoted his life to helping those in need.

It’s nice to see a video game like this announcing things like this upfront, rather than retconning things or explaining it like it was a mystery later (cough Soldier 76 cough). Either way, the question now is will toxic gamers step away from the game once they hear this, or will this news not affect their growing user base?

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