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Nintendo Japan cancels Nintendo Live 2024 and Splatoon event over safety fears


Nintendo Japan has cancelled a series of public events that were scheduled to take place in Tokyo this month and next over safety concerns.

Following persistent threats targeting its employees, which it said had recently spread to attendees and event staff, the Splatoon Koshien 2023 National Finals and Nintendo Live 2024 will no longer go ahead.

The former was previously scheduled to take place from December 16-17 at the Ota Sogo Gymnasium in Tokyo, while the latter was set to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre from January 20-21, 2024.

The company said it had decided to cancel the events because it couldn’t sufficiently ensure the safety of its customers.

The Splatoon 3 World Championship 2024, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Online Challenge Final Stage, and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Championship 2024, which were scheduled to take place at Nintendo Live 2024, have been postponed.

Nintendo said a new schedule for the tournaments will be announced on its website and official X account once it has been decided.

Nintendo Japan cancels Nintendo Live 2024 and Splatoon event over safety fears

Following the event’s return in Japan in 2022, the Nintendo Live fanfest headed to the United States earlier this year.

Nintendo Live 2023, which was held in Seattle in September, featured Switch gameplay opportunities, live stage performances, gaming tournaments, photo ops and other activities.