This is the third issue of Gaming Weekly featuring news about Xbox, PlayStation, Sega, Switch, Nintendo, Pokemon, Mafia, Twitch and San Diego Comic-Con.

Sega Can't Wait To Share "Exciting News" About Sonic's 30th Anniversary

Next year, the Sonic the Hedgehog series celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka has already confirmed the development of the next major Sonic title is underway and stated how Sega is "preparing" for the blue blur's birthday.

Read more at http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/05/sega_cant_wait_to_share_exciting_news_about_sonics_30th_anniversary

After two years of silence, the official Mafia Twitter account tweets one word

The official Mafia account has woken up after almost two years of silence and tweeted a single word: "Family".

Read more at https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-05-10-after-two-years-of-silence-the-official-mafia-twitter-account-tweets-one-word

Used Switch prices climb $100 over the cost of a new Switch in Japan

As you already know, the Switch is incredibly hard to find in Japan. Nintendo has been struggling during the pandemic to manufacture enough Switch units to keep up with demand, and Japan is one of the hardest hit regions. For months now, potential customers have had to scour online sites and sign up for retail lotteries just for a chance to purchase a Switch

Read more at https://gonintendo.com/stories/360795-used-switch-prices-climb-100-over-the-cost-of-a-new-switch-in-ja

Nintendo reopening select Pokemon Center/Store locations in Japan

Pokemon Co. had closed down multiple Pokemon Center/Store locations in Japan due to the pandemic, and while most locations are remaining closed, Pokemon Co. will be opening a handful that are in less-populated areas. You can see the first wave of stores set to open below.

Read more at https://gonintendo.com/stories/360794-nintendo-reopening-select-pokemon-center-store-locations-in-japan

Tokyo Game Show is the latest trade event cancelled due to coronavirus

It likely comes as no surprise, but Tokyo Game Show is the latest event to cancel its physical show amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more at https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-05-10-tokyo-game-show-is-the-latest-trade-event-cancelled-due-to-coronavirus

PlayStation Store Temporarily Suspended in Mainland China for ‘Security Upgrades’

Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmed has shared an official notice from PlayStation in China, informing users that the PlayStation Store has been temporarily suspended for “security upgrades.” At the time of this writing, there was no ETA for when the services will resume and what “security upgrades” means is unclear.

Read more at https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/05/10/psn-china-temporarily-suspended/

San Diego Comic-Con will be a streaming event this summer

The decision to cancel San Diego Comic-Con 2020 surprised no one in light of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait until 2021 to get a taste of that experience. The organizers announced (via Deadline) a Comic-Con @ Home event that will take place sometime this summer. Details of the event are scarce, but it’s clear that you’ll be streaming panels and trailers instead of queuing up for hours or booking overpriced hotel rooms.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/san-diego-comic-con-at-home-000423761.html

Twitch Is Cracking Down On Simp Emotes Over Harassment Fears

“Simp” is, to put it lightly, a divisive term. On Twitch, TikTok, and Twitter, people mostly use it to express hyper-exaggerated thirst, often to get laughs out of friends or communities. But the word also has more negative connotations, and even though it’s undeniably become part of the broader Twitch lexicon, Twitch…

Read more at https://kotaku.com/twitch-is-cracking-down-on-simp-emotes-because-of-haras-1843347454

Microsoft Flight Simulator Releases Alpha Testers' Gameplay Screenshots

Microsoft is continuing its alpha test for the next Microsoft Flight Simulator. The dev team shared a few updates about what’s coming down the pipeline for the simulator’s alpha and shared some gorgeous screenshots from alpha testers that shows how far along the simulator is already.

Read more at https://www.ign.com/articles/microsoft-flight-simulator-screenshots-alpha-test

Xbox exec says it ‘set some wrong expectations’ for Xbox Series X game reveals

Reaction was mixed to Microsoft’s Inside Xbox livestream that showed off some of the first Xbox Series X gameplay, with many viewers complaining about the lack of actual gameplay on display Thursday morning. The YouTube upload of that Inside Xbox episode has been downvoted over 23,000 times (compared to more than 18,000 thumbs-up votes), and commenters vented frustration with what Microsoft and its partners showed.

Read more at https://www.polygon.com/2020/5/8/21252256/xbox-series-x-game-showcase-blowback-aaron-greenberg-response