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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 - 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 - Game Freak looking to hire motion modelers for intricate human characters



It's been awhile since we've heard some speculation on Pokemon coming to the Switch. The info on this job listing seems like it would lend itself nicely to a Switch project, be it the rumored Pokemon Stars or something else. For those wondering, Joe Merrick works for Serebii, a very well-known/respected Pokemon site.

RUMOR - Details on Target's next round of Switch stock

If you're still looking to grab a Switch, we have some info on when you might be able to do so at Target. We're hearing that Target will get its next round of stock between March 19th to 25th. Stores should get somewhere around 10-12 units on average, but of course, some will get more/less than that.

RUMOR - Switch framerate issue could be related to wifi, fix in the works

The following info comes from a third-party Switch developer who wishes to remain anonymous...

I remember the Digital Foundry experts to have been puzzled how some of the worst framerate issues seem to occur so randmoly, not area-specific. I believe these are not the fault of the game, but of the Switch trying to periodically auto-connect to WiFi where there is no network available. This is supposed to happen in the background, but it apparently does affect the game(s).

I actually noticed this in FAST RMX first, where I got periodical FPS drops, while everyone was always saying that it is a perfectly locked 60 FPS experience. It wasn't game breaking, but it made me curious. Driving in circles also made the periodical nature so much more apparent.

Then I also had these in Setsuna, which to me made no sense at all, especially after watching DF's comparison to the PS4 version, where they also said the Switch version was perfectly locked 30 FPS.

Having them on multiple games like that, and in none of them they made sense, got me thinking. At home I turn on WiFi only when I need it basically, so it's not always available. During the Setsuna session I checked the status LED and sure enough it was off. I then delved into the Internet settings of the Switch, found the "Auto Connect" option and turned it off, and Voilà, no more FPS issues in Setsuna and FAST RMX! And only the "usual" minor ones in BotW in very specific (foliage intensive) areas, no more heavy random ones.

While this is just a rumor for now, here's some equally interesting info. If you utilize Flight Mode on your Switch, or turn off your wifi, the issues with framerate go away. While this is just a temporary workaround, word is Nintendo already knows of the issue and is working on a fix. Thanks to Dakhil for the heads up!

RUMOR - Does the Switch dock cause screen scratches?

Looks like you might want to be careful sliding your Switch into it's dock. I mean, you should be careful anytime, but images have surfaced showing some scratches towards the corner of the Switch screen.

For what it's worth, I investigated my Switch to see if there were any scratches. All four sides, not a scratch to be seen. I honestly think this might be caused by people who just plop/plunk the Switch down into the dock carelessly. I always make a point to use two hands and guide it in slowly.

RUMOR - Switch battery provided by ATL

The Wall Street Journal has up a feature on the Switch which reveals a detail we haven't heard anywhere else. According to the article, the battery in the Switch has been provided by ATL. Why is this worth mentioning? ATL is the company that provided battery replacements for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Nintendo has declined to comment on this matter.

RUMOR: Switch games - digital file size round-up

If you want to know how much space various Switch eShop games take up, we've got a list for you. This information supposedly comes from the various Japanese pages for these games, so there might be a slight difference when it comes to EU/NA file sizes. There are certain titles on the list that have had confirmed file sizes for awhile now, like Zelda: BotW. If these sizes are legit, you should get a good, rough estimate of how much space you'll need if you're going the digital route.

- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 13.4 GB
- Puyo Puyo Tetris 1.09 GB
- I Am Setsuna 1.40 GB
- Nobunaga’s Ambition 5 GB
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 7 GB
- Snipperclips 1.60 GB
- Dragon Quest Heroes I·II 32 GB