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Nintendo cancels 2024 video game showcase in Japan after receiving persistent threats

  • Nintendo has canceled its upcoming video game showcase and postponed various events due to persistent threats against the company, employees, and players.
  • The company said in an online statement that it decided to cancel Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo because it could not ensure the safety of its customers.
  • Postponed contests include the Japan Championship for the popular game Splatoon, as well as next year's Mario Kart and Splatoon contests.

Nintendo canceled its scheduled video game showcase and postponed several other events due to continued threats to the company, employees, and players.

“We have determined that we cannot adequately ensure the safety of our customers,” Kyoto-based Nintendo said in an online statement Thursday.

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The Japanese manufacturer of Super Mario and Pokémon has canceled Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo, which was scheduled for January 20th and 21st. This annual event showcases Nintendo games and allows visitors to sample them in a huge exhibition hall in Tokyo.

A Nintendo sign is seen outside the official Nintendo store in Shibuya, Tokyo, on January 23, 2020. Nintendo canceled a video game event scheduled in Japan and postponed several other events due to persistent threats against the company, its employees, and its employees. People who might participate in them. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Nintendo also postponed several contests, including the Japan Championship for the popular ink shooter Splatoon, which was originally scheduled for late December, and next year's Mario Kart and Splatoon competition.

The company did not provide details of the threat, but said it had contacted police.

Nintendo has been targeted before, but said the potential risk to the public proved too great.

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New dates for the postponed events will be announced at a later date, Nintendo said.

“We sincerely apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the event.''

In Japan, a relatively safe and crime-free country, it is not common for events to be canceled due to threats. But complaints of verbal and online abuse have recently surfaced, raising concerns that the problem may be serious.

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