The decision was made after Nintendo received threats against its employees and spectators.
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In a recent statement by Nintendo, the company announced that it's canceling the upcoming fan event in Tokyo after receiving threats against its employees. Nintendo highlighted that those threats were persistent and targeted not only their employees but spectators as well. In their post, they didn't specify what kind of threats employees were receiving, but any threats in any form are terrible and not acceptable.
The cancellation of Nintendo Live also means that events like Splatoon 3 World Championship 2024, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Online Challenge Final Stage, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Championship 2024, and Splatoon Koshien 2023 National Finals will be postponed as well.
The cancellation of Nintendo Live TOKYO has consequently led to the cancellation of the planned Super Smash Bros. tournament. It's disheartening to learn that the reason for this cancellation is due to threats" shared Masahiro Sakurai. "This situation is not only a disappointment for fans who were eagerly looking forward to the event, but also deeply disheartening when considering the event organizers and all those who had meticulously planned and prepared various aspects of the event. The dampening of spirits is understandable in light of these developments."
Speaking of Nintendo, recently the company stated that it'd collaborate with Sony Pictured to bring The Legend of Zelda games to the world of cinema, creating a live-action adaptation.
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