Monthly Archives: February 2019

Nintendo Focused on Expanding the Reach of Its IP

Nintendo is focused on expanding the reach of its IP by "actively leveraging the worldwide ubiquity of smart devices and on

IP expansion business, which includes theme parks, video content, and character merchandising."

During Nintendo's financial results briefing, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa discussed how Nintendo has evolved its strategy of "gaming population expansion" during the Nintendo DS and Wii era to its new focus to "expand the number of people who have access to Nintendo IP."

Nintendo's "gaming population expansion" strategy was adopted due to a preconceived notion that "games were only for a select group of fans," and it wanted to ensure everyone could game, "regardless of age, gender, or gaming experience."

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Nintendo Switch Online Surpasses 8 Million Subscribers

Since its launch in September of 2018, Nintendo Switch Online has gained over eight million subscribers, not including free trials.

During Nintendo's financial results briefing, it revealed the milestone for Nintendo Switch's online service and said that it is "working on continuing to expand the service offerings."

While it currently provides subscribers with such features as cloud saves, online play, and an ever-growing library of NES games, there have been reports that SNES games may be added to the service in the future.

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Nintendo Reveals Release Window for Super Mario Bros. Animated Movie

Nintendo has announced that the Super Mario Bros. animated movie is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2022.

During Nintendo's financial results briefing, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that "the development of animated film based on “Super Mario Bros.” with Illumination is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022."

Revealed in early 2018, this new film will be "co-produced by Nintendo representative director Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri."

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How Arrow is Building Toward a Future That Doesn’t Include Oliver Queen

The CW’s “Elseworlds” crossover was definitely an entertaining spectacle, but the most exciting aspect of this year’s annual Arrowverse mashup was what it revealed about where the CW’s superhero universe might be headed. Not only are we now officially slated to get the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” adaptation every DC fan has been praying for since The Flash pilot aired, it seems as though the network may be considering what to do with the series that started it all.

Arrow will wrap up its seventh season this year, and the dangling “Elseworlds” plot thread of a mysterious deal between Green Arrow Oliver Queen and multiverse guardian the Monitor leaves the CW with several options for how to continue it. The CW has just renewed Arrow (and the other DC TV shows) for another season, but at the moment there’s no guarantee that it will look anything like the show we’re watching now. Why? Well, for starters, it feels a lot like Arrow could be looking for a way to write out its lead. According to THR, CW boss Mark Pedowitz "said it's highly likely that the 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' crossover would feature a character death" when speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour this week.

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The CW Renews All Arrowverse Shows, Riverdale, and More

The CW has officially renewed 10 shows for the 2019-2020 television season, including all of the Arrowverse shows, Riverdale and more.

These early renewals were announced by CW president Mark Pedowitz during the network’s session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California. Returning shows include Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Charmed, Dynasty, Legacies, Riverdale and Supernatural.

"The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning,” said Pedowitz. “These shows provide a strong foundation for our multiplatform programming strategy, and we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront.”

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