RUMOR - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle running on the Snowdrop engine

A rumor on a rumored game. We know how silly that sounds, but the sources out there backing up the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle rumor are, in my eyes, credible enough to believe.

With that said, we're also hearing multiple reports (outside of AND including the video above) that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be using Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine. That's worth noting, as both The Division and South Park: The Fractured but Whole use the same engine. If this rumor is true, it's great news to hear Ubisoft has gotten one of their major engines up-and-running on Switch.

RUMOR - New wave of info on the supposed Mario/Rabbids mash-up game for Switch

The following comes from Emily Rogers...

- titled Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- eight playable characters
- includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi and others
- each character has their own sci-fi weapon, such as laser guns, arm cannons and more
- characters aren’t controlled directly, but are instead controlled through something called a Tuttorio
- a Tuttorio is a small floating dish which guides the characters through the world
- will feature co-op multiplayer

RUMOR - Hacker discovers information pointing to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX

- information comes from SciresM, a well-known Nintendo hacker
- claims to have found information on the 3DS eShop pertaining to the listing
- included the eShop listing number as well in a Tweet

How would you feel if this turned out to be true? Is it time to revisit the Mario and Luigi series for remakes?

RUMOR - Amazon to have more Switch stock the first week of May

The following comes from an Amazon customer service rep, so take it with a grain of salt.

- new Switch stock will be showing up “from the first week of May”
- regular consumers and Prime members will be able to place orders

RUMOR - NES Classic Edition, Switch restock at Best Buy this week

The following information pertains to Best Buy, but isn't confirmed at the moment.

- NES Classic Edition stock available on April 24th in store
- Switch stock available April 28th in store

As for the NES Classic Edition, this will probably be your last shot to get a new system. The last wave of systems, so good luck to anyone that tries to grab one!

RUMOR - Nintendo has begun production on an SNES Classic Edition

This information comes from Eurogamer, which they obtained from a number of inside sources

- scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year
- development of the device is already under way
- this unit's creation was a major factor in the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition
- expected to stick with the NES Classic Edition's plug-and-play setup
- will include an array of games which come pre-installed and ready to play
- Nintendo declined to comment

RUMOR - Sonic Mania to include animated cut-scenes?

Here's what we know for a fact...

- the animation above comes from the Tumblr of Max Collins
- Collins resume includes work for Studio Yotta and Cartoon Network
- Collins posted this animated snippet, and then quickly removed it

When you look at a comparison of the characters teased for Sonic Mania, you can see that Collins' animation does feature someone who possibly lines up with the silhouette. Marry that with the fact that Collins hasn't detailed why he removed the test animation, and you can see why the speculation is running wild.

RUMOR - Aussie retailers not getting anymore NES Classic Edition stock

It's been a worldwide discussion for awhile now. Is Nintendo done manufacturing the NES Classic Edition? There's always some evidence going on out there, and today we're hearing things about the Aussie situation.

While EB Games just received stock of the NES Classic Edition, it seems like that's going to be the last run. Multiple inside sources claim the system isn't going to get shipped in Australia anymore, and whatever retailers have received is the final run.

As for what this means for the rest of the world, that remains to be seen. We'll try to get some more info on the situation for you guys.

RUMOR - Female Corrin amiibo on the way

There's been some talk for awhile now about the possibility of a female Corrin amiibo, and it seems we just got our biggest hint at this happening. Through some people who have been going through Fire Emblem Echoes' data, we've come to learn that female Corrin can be used as an Illusory Hero in the game. This is worth pointing out, as all other Illusory Heroes are summed in the game through amiibo. Unless Nintendo is giving us some special way to get this female Corrin, this info should point to another amiibo coming!

RUMOR - Zelda: Breath of the Wild's framerate issues are related to software bugs, not hardware power

Coming from a dev at Bplus Games...

Most of the frame-rate issues in Zelda are just programming failures. If Nintendo sets the right people to it they can totally fix them.

Some dev friends and I have the same feeling about that. Because sometimes it is just a specific zoom ratio that makes the frame-rate drop. Just zoom in a bit closer or further away and it runs super smooth.

The problem is that the game wants to show both near and far LOD (Level of Detail) objects. This is a frame-rate killer if two objects are in each other. To show that, it would need around 10 times the power.

And if you see Kakariko Village, the framerate hell there, and then the more beautiful Hateno Village, which runs super smoothly, you see that doesn’t make sense. So something else is going wrong there.

Yet another wrinkle in the discussion of Breath of the Wild's framerate hiccups. There's even more said by the unnamed Bplus dev, which you can check out right here. If this is indeed true, it'll be interesting to see if Nintendo sends out a patch that fixes the hiccups. I'm not anywhere near qualified to discuss whether this bug discussion is a valid one or not, but it's certainly interesting.


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