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Nintendo Bosses Reveal Their Favourite Games At The Latest Shareholder Q&A

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When it comes to Nintendo shareholder Q&As you generally get a mixture of very dry queries about sales performance or exchange rates, the rare juicy question and an occasional left field, bat crap question which has you wondering how these people got in the building in the first place.

The latest shareholder Q&A turned up the expected mix of questions earlier today, although in pace of a real eyebrow-raiser we got a relatively simple and rather heartwarming question for the board of respondees (which included Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, Shigeru Miyamoto, Ko Shioda, Shinya Takahashi and Satoru Shibata) — essentially, what’s your favourite game?

We’re still waiting on an official translation of the Q&A, but our search engine-powered alternative is at least efficient enough to accurately translate the game titles from Japanese. When asked to name their favourite game, Mr Furukawa responded by descriving how he played Super Mario Bros. for Famicom as a junior high school student. Here’s an overview of the other responses:

Famicom Disk System games seemed to be popular with the board.
Famicom Disk System games seemed to be popular with the board. (Image: Nintendo Life)

Finally, Shuntaro Furukawa wrapped things up with a nod to Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics as something he’d been enjoying recently.

So there we are! Everyone’s very much toeing the company line — there aren’t any “OMG MIYAMOTO DIGS RATCHET” or “FORZA FTW FROM FURUKAWA!!1″ bombshells, but it’s interesting to see love for some lesser-known (outside Japan) Famicom Disk System titles. We thoroughly enjoyed the recent Famicom Detective Club localisations on Switch, so perhaps the answers above indicate we might be seeing more localisations in the future…

Or it could just be a bunch of old-ish folk reminiscing about the games of their youth. Hey, we can definitely relate to that!

Let us know below what you think of these best game picks from Nintendo top brass.

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Airline bosses demand a green list expansion – ‘can’t go through another ruined summer'

The bosses of easyJet, Jet2, Tui, Loganair and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) have joined forces and sent a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to get the green list expanded. They have asked the Government to drive down the cost of testing and agreed that the Balearics and Canaries should be added to the list next.
“The UK proposes expensive testing even on green list countries.

“We’re saying ‘Expand the green list, get rid of this confusion over amber and make good on the promise to drive down the cost of testing.”

Jet2 and Jet2Holidays CEO, Steve Heapy, explained: “If you look at the data for a large number of countries they could be on the green list.

“The Government is being over cautious and the green list could be increased with very little risk [given] 60 percent of the UK population have had one dose of vaccine and 35 percent two doses.”


He continued: “The Government also needs to look at the people who have had the vaccine.

“At the moment there is no benefit from that.

“The Government approach is ultra-cautious [and] we are being left behind.”

All the bosses agreed that islands like the Balearics or the Canaries, in Spain, should be added to the list immediately.

TUI UK managing director, Andrew Flintham, said: “Other European countries are looking at us with incredulity.

“Some islands like the Balearics and Canaries could move to the green list.”

MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish said: “We need more countries on the green list [and] if you travel to a green country you should not be subject to tests.

“Green should mean green and you should travel without restrictions.”

He explained: “There are a number of countries – the Balearics, the Canary Islands – which should be on the list now.

“The industry will be hugely disappointed if the Government doesn’t add more countries.”

The airlines claimed that they are not receiving enough support and urged the Government to step up.

Easyjet CEO warned: “The UK industry can’t go through another ruined summer without grave consequences and in that case the Government has to step up with a plan.

“First we want travel to restart in a safe way. That is the foremost thing. If for any reason that does not take place, we need the Government to step in to support this industry.

“This industry was the first hit, it was the hardest hit and it looks like it will be the last to come out.”

Loganair CEO Jonathan Hinkles agreed: “The industry can’t cope with what would be a fifth winter season in succession.

“We need more countries on the green list.”

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I’m A Celeb bosses under pressure to decide location for new series

I’m A Celeb bosses are reportedly under pressure to make a decision about where the next series of the show will be.

It is claimed they must make a decision within two weeks.

The popular reality TV show is normally held in Australia but the Covid pandemic meant last series was held in a castle in Wales.

And now bosses are set to make a decision, and fast, the Mirror reports.

While Australia is the preferred, there are fears that another Covid outbreak would see the series scrapped all together if it was to return Down Under.

A source told Mail Online that “it’s decision time” for the producers, with Wales pencilled in up to now.

The source added: “However if they choose Australia there is every chance it could be cancelled later down the line because of Covid If they choose Wales, it is guaranteed it will happen.”

They revealed that it costs more to film in Wales due to the fact they’d have to build a set. But they said time is running out to make the decision, with plans in place for both locations.

Earlier this week the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, said the country’s borders should remain shut as reopening them too soon would leave the country exposed to a more ruthless outbreak of Covid.

The country’s Finance Minister Simon Birmingham also said to push the date of reopening to 2022.

The contestants of the show would normally fly to Australia in November but Qantas has delayed international flights until late December.

Last week, hosts Ant and Dec said plans were “up in the air” but they admitted that they “would happily go back to Wales”.

Dec told TV presenter Lorraine: “It’s still all up in the air, people are having conversations with Australia to see if they’ll let us in.

“If not, we’ve got a lovely alternative to go back to Wales, which we had a great time there.”

ITV have been contacted for a comment.

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BBC bosses attacked over shameful 'neglect of Britishness' after scrapping Radio 4 theme

Back in 1978, Radio 4 started each daily broadcast with an orchestral arrangement of traditional British and Irish airs, which were compiled and arranged by Fritz Spiegl and Manfred Arlan respectively. However, the UK theme stopped being played each morning in April 2006 and was instead replaced with a news briefing and shipping forecast. However, journalist Colin Brazier recently dug up the classic wake up call, before reminiscing fondly online about how the arrangement represented each nation of the UK “equally”. 
He wrote on Twitter: “For decades Radio 4 started each day with this Theme For Britain, a musical rendering of our country with each nation represented equally.

“15 years ago it was scrapped by BBC bosses whose attitude tells us something about London’s neglect of Britishness.”

Social media users were quick to agree it was a “shame” to lose the daily theme. 

One person wrote: “Remember it well – quintessentially British.”

Another added: “It’s such a shame.

“The British Isles’ folk song tradition needs to me more widely known.”

A third person also said: “I used to love listening to that early every morning.”

A fourth social media user added: “There was no reason to get rid of it.”

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A number of MPs also submitted Early Day Motions about the theme being cancelled.

This resulted in then Prime Minister Tony Blair being asked a question about it at Prime Minister’s Questions, where he noted the “strong feeling” being felt around the UK.

And in protest, BBC Newsnight presented Jeremy Paxman also played the UK theme to end his programme several times.

But the backlash did not appear to deter the BBC, as the broadcaster responded by releasing the new Radio 4 schedule that would replace the theme.

Mr Damazer did acknowledge that the audience was “upset” by the decision.

He said: “I’m sorry that part of the audience is upset by the removal of the UK Theme.

“They may like to know that we will be offering the UK Theme as a stream on the Radio 4 website, where it will be available from Friday, April 21.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for a comment. 

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Tokyo Olympics athletes asked to ‘lead by example’

The International Olympic Committee has accepted an offer from Pfizer to supply jabs to athletes and support staff at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, asking everyone at the showpiece to “accept the vaccine where and when possible.”

While many leading countries have already launched programs to vaccinate their teams before boarding planes, others, including Great Britain, have appeared somewhat reluctant until now.

Vaccines will now be made available to the Olympic and Paralympic committees of each country in a bid that bosses who have struck a deal with Pfizer say is designed to protect as many participants as possible ahead of the games.

“This donation of the vaccine is another tool in our toolbox of measures to help make the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 safe and secure for all participants, and to show solidarity with our gracious Japanese hosts,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach.

“We are inviting the athletes and participating delegations of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to lead by example and accept the vaccine where and when possible.”

The Olympic Federation of Ireland’s president, Sarah Keane, expressed positivity about her nation’s stars and helpers being able to head to Tokyo vaccinated as a result of the deal.

“Over recent months we have been very conscious of the wider issues around us in society and we were working intensely to advocate for vaccination of the team at the appropriate time, when those most vulnerable in society had come first,” she said.

“This breakthrough is a major relief for all of us, given the significant challenges that we were facing and the lack of time remaining to find a resolution.”

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement that the return of the Olympic and Paralympic Games “represents a monumental moment of world unity and peace after a grueling year of isolation and devastation”.

“We are proud to play a role in providing vaccines to athletes and national Olympic delegations,” he concluded.

To alleviate concerns by the aging population in Japan, where public polls have consistently shown a majority of the population are against hosting the games, organizers have insisted that donations to Olympic athletes will not affect global supplies.

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In April, Tokyo authorities had to rush to deny the accuracy of a Kyodo news agency report which claimed that Olympic athletes would jump the queue for the coronavirus vaccine, leading to a social media storm.

Additionally, there have also been calls to cancel the games completely both at home and abroad.

By testing athletes daily and prohibiting overseas spectators, the committee hopes to reassure the public that the pandemic will not resurge and the competition can go ahead without incident.

Japanese enthusiasts could still be allowed to attend, with Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto saying that while organizers want there to be as many fans as possible at the games, every step possible will be taken to ensure safety.

“There are a variety of concerns but, as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, we are not thinking about canceling the games,” he said during a press conference last month.

Also on rt.com ‘We are NOT thinking about canceling’: Head of Tokyo Olympics vows Games WILL go ahead as planned

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Love Island bosses sign up Covid heroes for new series

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Love Island bosses have reportedly started signing contestants for the next line-up.

Producers of the much-loved show have signed up a hero NHS doctor to star in the new series.

Toluwa Adepeju, 25, was among the medical staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontline in hospital over the last year.

As you can imagine, he’s going to need a much-needed break.

And, that might just be in the Love Island villa looking for love on the 2021 show, The Mirror reports.

Toluwa has been documenting the tough time on the NHS frontline on his Instagram page, revealing he’s been working 68-hour seven-day weeks.

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Love Island bosses line up NHS doctor for new series

He’s also been outspoken about the country’s vaccination program and urged his followers to get their jabs.

The ITV dating show is set to return to TV this summer, three weeks later than usual, after a year’s break.

A source told The Sun: “He’s led from the very front – in hospital and online, educating people of the risks and the need to get vaccinated.

“He is a perfect pick. He’s modest, down to earth and loves what he does.”

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The last series was the winter version in South Africa which aired at the start of 2020, but the planned summer series was canned due to the pandemic.

However, it’s since been reported that the winter show has been axed for good, with bosses focusing on the summer series instead.

Producers will be busy scouting for potential islanders in the lead up to the launch, which is expected to take place in late June.

Toluwa Adepeju has reportedly been signed for the 2021 show

A TV source told MailOnline: “Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Majorca on June 20 – with the series expected to launch a week later.

“The delayed launch date will not have an impact on the length of the series, with the show still running for a duration of eight weeks.

“Winter Love Island on the other hand has been ‘indefinitely postponed’ as bosses put all their energies until the summer series.”

All the contestants will reportedly be flown out at the same time, including the “bombshells” who arrive later in the series, and they will all be tested for Covid and quarantined for weeks before filming starts.

There were concerns over whether Love Island would be able to go ahead at all this year due to coronavirus restrictions, with bosses said to have been considering moving it to a location closer to home such as Cornwall or Jersey.

However, it’s looking like the plan still is to return the show to the original villa in Majorca this summer with Laura Whitmore returning as presenter.

Coronation Street bosses ask murdered teen's mum to help storyline

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The mum of murdered Sophie Lancaster who was stamped to death by thugs ‘for being a goth’ has been asked by Coronation Street bosses to help out with a new hard-hitting storyline.

Sylvia Lancaster OBE who tragically lost her daughter in 2007 has been working behind the scenes with 23-year-old actress Mollie Gallagher.

The shocking story surrounds characters Nina Lucas and boyfriend Seb Franklin clash with Corey Brent and his gang.

Sylvia, 65, has used her knowledge of subcultures to ensure the goth cafe assistant was a realistic portrayal in the build-up to the tragic scenes next month.

The episode will echo the sickening attack that left Sylvia’s daughter Sophie dead, the Mirror reports.

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Sophie Lancaster was beaten to death in a park

But this isn’t necessary a spoiler as insiders insist it is still not clear if Nina will be killed off on the soap.

Mum Sylvia set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her daughter’s memory to focus on creating respect for, and understanding of, subcultures in our communities.

When the storyline was first discussed, producers and the research team approached Sylvia who was delighted to be able to work with them to help highlight the issue.

Sylvia said: “I know first-hand the abuse, harassment and violence that alternative people suffer.

“Hate crime is usually directed at already stigmatised and minority groups and Sophie was assaulted three times before that final, sustained and brutal attack that took her life – but she never reported the earlier assaults.

She added: “Coronation Street covering this issue means such a huge amount to me.

Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher, is the character inspired by Sophie’s story

“We want alternative people to know that they shouldn’t be putting up with this prejudice and intolerance, and they should report it.

“We want the wider community to really appreciate the horror of this violence and understand that difference in itself, is not frightening, it just makes us all who we are.

“We will also use this platform to continue raising awareness of Sophie’s case with the police and judiciary to make sure that hate crime against alternative people is recognised and treated with the degree of severity that it deserves.”

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In scenes which will air next month, Seb and Nina will be subjected to a violent assault which has similarities to what happened to Sophie Lancaster in 2007, when she and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were set upon and beaten in a park simply because of the way they looked.

Nina and Seb have fallen head over heels in love in recent weeks, but her Victorian Goth identity has resulted in some prejudiced reactions, not least from Corey Brent (played by Maximus Evans), the boyfriend of Nina’s best pal Asha, who has long made his intolerance towards Nina known.

In the dramatic episodes to be screened in early May the couple are out walking when Corey and a gang of drunken mates including Kelly Neelan, corner and goad the pair.

Nina Lucas and boyfriend Seb Franklin will clash with Corey Brent and his gang

As Corey starts hurling abuse, Kelly finds herself egged on by the crowd and slaps Nina.

Seb and Nina hurry away as the gang gives chase and they find themselves subject to an unprovoked attack.

Back on the Street, Abi Franklin and Kevin Webster’s hen and stag night parties are brought to an abrupt halt when the police arrive with news of the attack.

The police then start an investigation to get to the bottom of which of the teenage gang was responsible for the vicious assault that has left the young couple with horrific injuries.

On the importance of tackling this storyline, Coronation Street Producer Iain MacLeod said: “The issue of intolerance and hatred towards people from different cultures and subcultures is arguably more relevant now than it’s ever been.”

‘How did they not know?’ Football fans blast backtracking bosses amid faux-sincere sorrow over scrapped Super League (VIDEO)

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Football fans reeling from the wreckage of the European Super League have been baffled by a barrage of apologies from club owners – including claims that they had been “listened to” just days after the secret plans were unveiled.

Liverpool’s American owner, John Henry, sat solemnly for a video released by the former Champions League winners, telling his aghast audience that the multi-billion dollar league was “never going to stand without the support of the fans” before also apologizing to manager Jurgen Klopp and his players, some of whom had expressed their disapproval of the plans since they were unleashed on Sunday night.

Despite neither the club’s millions of fans around the world nor the squad who would have been expected to play in the league being consulted, Henry said the scrapping of the proposals within 48 hours of their inception showed the “power” supporters have, adding that the scandal “hurts”.

Arsenal, who had been seen as a symbol of the misguided elitism of a league that had been founded by some members whose current domestic league positions gave them no right to be considered one of the top 12 clubs in Europe, said they had signed up because they wanted to “protect” their future.

“It was never our intention to cause such distress,” they said, inviting an avalanche of responses asking why they had not reflected on that risk during the deliberations over the league that they were extensively involved in.

“The decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire… to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.”

Bolstered by vast backing from investment banking giants JP Morgan, the European Super League (ESL) had promised vast windfalls to the clubs involved while reducing the chances of less traditional European heavyweights from competing against them on the continental stage.

“We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, whose club is almost certainly not going to qualify for European competition through the Premier League this season and were knocked out of the Europa League with an embarrassing defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

“We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.”

Many fans were astonished that businessmen lauded for their acumen and astuteness were expressing surprise at the almost entirely furious reaction to the proposals, including protests outside stadiums and vows by some to abandon their clubs.

“Just got to wonder how the ‘founding’ ESL clubs didn’t realise the s***storm that was going to be heading their way,” said one, calling out the “super-rich” for being “completely out of touch with reality”.

“They’ve also, rightly, folded on the idea as soon as they got a feel for the public mood. But how did they not know it was going to get that reaction? Bewildering.”

Another replied: “I’ve never seen such a unanimous disapproval of an idea in my life. Literally nobody on earth besides the owners likes it.

“The only assumption I can make is that collectively every single owner of each of those clubs has no idea about fans, the sport, the league structure and how vital grass roots is to their own clubs.”
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All six English clubs involved in the scheme announced their intention to withdraw from it on Tuesday, shortly after wild scenes from the Stamford Bridge home of Chelsea, where angry fans took to the streets and blocked the team bus from entering the stadium ahead of their Premier League draw with Brighton.

The remainder of the clubs involved, including the likes of Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico, are expected to follow suit following the collapse of the ill-fated initiative.
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