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Nintendo Switch may be hard to find again, soon

Nintendo Switch may be hard to find again, soon

During the company's full-year financial results revealed this week, Nintendo tipped a drop. The company said that potential issues could arise over the coming year with component procurement. As a result of these issues, Nintendo expects that sales of their Nintendo Switch console could have a 12 per cent drop in sales.

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Adidas 4DFWD 3D-printed shoe has Carbon design midsole

Adidas 4DFWD 3D-printed shoe has Carbon design midsole

When a company as massive as Adidas starts using a certain sort of technology in their shoes, you know said technology is... pretty much here to stay. Such is the story with 3D printing and the 4DFWD shoe. This isn't the first shoe to use 3D printed parts, but it is very likely the new widest release of a shoe with 3D printed parts. And every new release with 3D printed parts means we're further and further into "here to stay" territory.

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Which Pokemon is best? Let $100 shirts make the call

Which Pokemon is best? Let $100 shirts make the call

There's a website called Original Stitch that has a relatively unique proposition for clothing buyers and collectors. They have a limited amount of custom-made Pokemon fabric made for each Pokemon. They do not have every single Pokemon ever made, but they do have the first 151 from Kanto, as well as Hoenn, Johto, and Galar. It's interesting to see, here, which of the Pokemon from these sets were sold out first - some you might never have expected.

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Google Search AR summons Pac-Man on your palm

Google Search AR summons Pac-Man on your palm

Google may have ditched its Daydream VR platform but it's still holding on to augmented reality, at least without the headset. Google recently released WebXR, short for Extended Reality, experiments that showcased more practical uses for AR on your phone but most of its AR experiences really revolved around entertaining or sometimes educational experiences instead. Google's mobile Search, in particular, has been putting virtual objects in the real world via your phone's screen, and its latest trick is to call forth Japan's most iconic characters, wherever you are in the world.

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2022 Subaru BRZ STI performance accessories unveiled in Japan

2022 Subaru BRZ STI performance accessories unveiled in Japan

The 2022 Subaru BRZ is receiving a sportier lineup of exterior go-fast accessories and STI performance parts. But there’s a catch (two, actually). First, it seems these yummy STI performance parts are for the Japanese market BRZ only. And lastly, the pieces are currently under development, coinciding with a heavily camouflaged BRZ spotted doing the rounds at Fuji Speedway last December.

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Lenovo Demon Slayer gaming chair appears before US IMAX movie release

Lenovo Demon Slayer gaming chair appears before US IMAX movie release

Today it's become apparent that Lenovo designed* a gaming chair in collaboration with the folks who make Demon Slayer / Kimetsu no Yaiba. The design of the chair is the Lenovo All-Intensive Chair of Kimetsu no Yaiba, or Devil's Blade x Lenovo Chair. Your eye will likely move immediately to the strangest element in the chair's construction: the "blade" itself!

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Super Nintendo World’s Donkey Kong door may tip a new game in 2021

Super Nintendo World’s Donkey Kong door may tip a new game in 2021

Universal Japan's Super Nintendo World amusement park is nearly ready to open to the public. It's a place like no other - a video game environment that'll put the gamer in a land generally reserved for their digital avatars of all sorts. Most of what's in the park has been made public - we can see the rides, we know there'll be fun foods and experiences - but one mystery remains. What's behind the Donkey Kong door?

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Monster Hunter Rise release date countdown splits in two: Switch and PC

Monster Hunter Rise release date countdown splits in two: Switch and PC

The PC version of Monster Hunter Rise won't be released in the year 2021. If you were looking forward to buying the game and playing the game on your Nintendo Switch in the year 2021, feeling all exclusive about the situation, you can still do just that. You'll have a little under a year of the game all to yourself, on Nintendo Switch, before the game is released for PC users. We're expecting it'll take a year or more before it'll be released on the PC.

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Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Japan is famous and notorious for products and trends that just blow the mind, in good or bad ways or both. Sometimes, those ideas do strike a chord in people from both halves of the world, making some wish those were easily accessible. Panasonic's latest crowdfunding experiment seems to fit the bill, presenting a robot cat with some interesting features. But whether Nicobo actually looks like a cat and whether its random flatulence can be considered special is still to be determined, it's hard to deny how the "thing" seems to be attracting some very positive attention.

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Japanese monks preparing space temple with IoT connectivity

Japanese monks preparing space temple with IoT connectivity

In the near future, Japan will launch a prayer temple called Jotenin Gounji into low orbit around our planet. Over the past few years, Kyoto Japan-based UNESCO World Heritage site Daigoji Temple planned a new structure that is one-part IoT satellite, one part prayer temple. In collaboration with the folks at Terra Space, Daigoji Temple and partners intend for this craft to be launched within the next two years.

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Another Monster Hunter Nintendo Switch – this one’s tricked out in black, gray, and gold

Another Monster Hunter Nintendo Switch – this one’s tricked out in black, gray, and gold

Today we're taking a peek at the newest Nintendo Switch with Monster Hunter special edition fittings. This is not the first time this console was released as a special edition for the Monster Hunter game series. The first version was released with special decorations for the game Monster Hunter XX, the first Monster Hunter game on Nintendo Switch. This new version was made for Monster Hunter Rise!

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Konami dissolving all three production divisions [UPDATE: but they’ve still got games!]

Konami dissolving all three production divisions [UPDATE: but they’ve still got games!]

Gaming company Konami announced that as of February 1, 2021, they'll be formally dissolving all three of their production divisions. After each division is dissolved, they'll be restructured. In the restructuring of their company, a whole BUNCH of major players in the company will be reassigned and instated to new positions. It's unlikely we'll see the company pushing any major title games in the very near future.*

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