Unless you have been living under a rock for a few days, you know about the recent 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan. You would also know that Nintendo is based in Japan, over 150 miles from the initial quake. Put the two together, and Nintendo fans everywhere are fearful for the lives of the creators and contributors to their favorite franchises.
According to a tweet by Nintendo of America, “During the earthquake no one at Nintendo in Japan was injured and there was no apparent structural damage.” In addition, Ken Sugimori has tweeted that no one at Game Freak has been injured. And, despite several rumors on the contrary, Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, is alive. In addition, almost all major gaming companies in Japan have reported that there are no casualties.
While it appears that the Japanese gaming world has avoided a crippling blow, Japan has not. With at least 600 dead, plus the many more that are injured or still missing, and the impending nuclear reactor crisis, the Japanese people are in dire need of assistance. If you wish to contribute to those affected by the Japanese earthquake, please donate to the American Red Cross.