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E3 2020 Cancelled due to Coronavirus + Reggie Hired by GameStop

For this gaming news roundup, just when you thought the coronavirus couldn't possible effect more, and be given lectures in school or work about what your closing schedule may be (I know I was), I found out some news that would have had me do a double-take had I been drinking water. Ready for it? E3 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Wait a minute, that was obvious. Ready for the actually surprising part? Living meme, gaming icon, and former Nintendo of America CEO Reggie "My Body is Ready" Fils-Aime has now, in the middle of his retirement and time spent giving lectures on the business benefits of memes (among other things) at Cornell, become a part of the board of directors at the slowly-falling company that is GameStop. So no, he won't try to beg you to get a PowerUp Rewards membership in a small, anime-merch-filled building near you.

First, for the less surprising (but more recent and relevant, as it was only confirmed this morning) news.

E3 2020 event cancelled

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Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

Reggie Fils Aime has had one very interesting career, and a very interesting retirement as well. Before Nintendo, he worked as a businessman for Pizza Hut and MTV, of all things. Then, he came to Nintendo during the Wii era and found himself as the CEO of the company's North American division. From the very moment he stepped onto the Wii Fit Balance Board in E3 2006 and said, "I'm about kicking [butt], I'm about taking names, and we're about making games," he had instantly stole a spot in the hearts of gamers everywhere. This wasn't just another rambling, boring, non-gamer businessman who couldn't care less about the games he was marketing, this was clearly one of us: A true gamer. (Insert Gamers rise up! here.)

He led Nintendo into a series of two golden ages, with the financial success of the Wii, the first-party games success of the Wii U, and the all-around miraculous success of the Nintendo Switch in 2017 that still continues to this date. He retired from the company last year but continued to have an impact by becoming a business lecturer at Cornell University. Meanwhile, enter GameStop, which seems to be going the way of Toys"R"Us: A retail store with rapidly declining profits and quickly growing losses, unable to turn themselves in the right direction and to compete with online giants like Amazon or better-priced alternatives like Best Buy, and likely to go out of business in the near future.

So what did the higher-ups at GameStop do? Add a couple of new experienced businesspeople to their board of directors. Get ready, because it's about to knock your socks off: People who used to work at Petco and Walmart? Yeah, that's exactly what GameStop needs to save themselves, everyone stop preparing GameStop's grave and buying tickets for their funeral from Best Buy! Just kidding, of course (even though that was a fact, but my reaction was sarcasm). The third person, however, was none other than the Regginator Fils-a-Mech himself.

He tweeted this tweet in response:
Clearly, this was a good decision for GameStop, since not only does Reggie being associated with the company whatsoever mean good things for their public reputation, but he may have the chance to influence decisions to turn the company in the right direction. After all of the Midas Touch miracle work he pulled off for Nintendo, I don't see it as impossible that he could help return GameStop to a more lucrative state. I mean, would at least a more modern-looking website and a less outright scammy trade-in system be too much to ask for?

Anyways, that's it for this post! What do you guys think of all of this news? Are you bummed out by the E3 cancellation in the slightest, like I am? Speaking of gaming announcements, why do you think getting a new Nintendo Direct is taking so long this time (six months, the longest Direct drought in history)? Do you think that Reggie working at GameStop will be enough to turn the company around in the right direction? Leave all of this in the comments section and more, as I'd love to be able to start a conversation with any of you.

Anyways, this is Arca signing off for now. Just like Reggie, I need to get back to playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS... or, uh, eat dinner. However, I will be able to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons on my Nintendo Switch in 9 days (or actually 12 days, because the coronavirus apparently found a way to impact Target's bad game pre-order shipping). See you in tomorrow's post!

P.S.: If you haven't already, please check out my previous post, about March 10th/Mario Day and the surprise announcement of official Super Mario LEGO sets!:


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