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Journey to the Savage Planet dev says they're "looking into" a Switch version

Seems like they're doing more than looking into it

That headline might be a little confusing for those who have been paying attention to our game ratings posts over the last few months. Quite awhile ago, we shared a Brazilian ratings board listing for Journey to the Savage Planet on Switch, and that was followed up recently with a Switch ESRB rating as well. That should mean a port is a done deal, right? Well, things are now a little bit murky following comments from the dev team.

Developer Typhoon Studios's creative director Alex Hutchinson recently appeared on the Game Informer podcast, and he was asked about Journey to the Savage Planet on Switch. Hutchinson responded with the following.

“If we could ever get a Switch version together, I think it would be brilliant to have the two people next to each other, so we’re looking into it.”

Adding to that statement, Hutchinson said the team is “still figuring out how to handle” the game on Switch, and would most likely work with an outside studio for help.

I happen to think this conversation is just a bit of distraction by the developers. We clearly see they're more than considering a Switch release with the various ratings. I'm guessing they just aren't ready for the full reveal yet.

Toy store owner arrested for manufacturing/possessing counterfeit Pokemon and Mario merch

It's not-a me!

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has arressted Wan Piao, owner of a toy import store in El Monte, California, and charged him with manufacturing and possessing more than US$1.4 million in counterfeit goods. Piao was in possession of more than 500,000 counterfeit items, all of which belonged to the Pokémon, Hello Kitty, and Super Mario franchises. Piao is charged with seven felony counts of counterfeit of a registered mark, and taking more than US$500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.

DOOM Eternal to include a centered weapon option

Center yourself

DOOM Eternal is the latest installment in the long-running franchise, but it's going to offer an old-school option for longtime fans of the series. As you see in the tweet above, DOOM Eternal is going to include an option that lets you center your weapon on screen. FPS games nowadays have your gun aligned more left/right, the early days of the genre saw your gun smack-dab in the center. That exactly what the original DOOM offered, and now you can go back to that style when Eternal launches in March 2020.

Switch eShop file size round-up - Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, Soul Axiom Rebooted, and more

Stranger things are coming

Time once again to make note of what's heading to the Switch in the near future, and see just how much space you'll need to download these titles. Check out the latest rundown below.

Soul Axiom Rebooted – 7.3GB
Princess Maker: Faery Tales Come True – 4.0GB
Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times – 1.7GB
60 Parsecs! – 1.5GB
Melbits World – 999MB
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath – 962MB
Demon’s Tilt – 754MB
JDM Racing – 714MB
Regions of Ruin – 686MB
Clumsy Rush – 583MB
Super Crush KO – 384MB
Kuukiyomi: Consider It! – 146MB
Link-a-Pix Deluxe – 107MB

Retailers share a listing for GALAK-Z: The Dimension and Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-a-Fide Edition Platinum Pack

Doubling down

We got the drop on the announcement of the GALAK-Z: The Dimension and Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-a-Fide Edition Platinum Pack, which was rated for release in Australia. Now we have even more word on the double pack's release, as both Amazon and GameStop have added listings for the game. Both have the title priced at $30, and list the release for March 31st, 2020.

Taking a closer look at the 'ghost' of Super Mario 3D Land

BOO!

I love a good game mystery. Things in games that were deliberately included, but you can't explain why. The 'ghost' in Super Mario 3D Land is the perfect example. While we've talked about this ghost in the past, that was only in relation to its appearance in Level 4-4. Did you know you can spot this ghoul in other locations of the game? Check out the video above to see where else he pops up!

Pokemon News Round-up: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom visit Pokemon Cafe, Pikachu speaks, dominoes tribute, and more

The latest in the world of Pokemon

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom visit Pokemon Cafe

- the pair visited with their 8 year old son
- Pikachu came out to greet them for photos

Pikachu comments on being Japan's ambassador at the Dubai Expo 2020

- the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, & Industry published a press release on Japan’s involvement in Dubai Expo 2020
- Pikachu was chosen to be Japan’s ambassador at Dubai Expo 2020
- Pikachu himself commented on the announcement: “There are over 800 different types of Pokemon and the world is brimming with diversity. At Dubai Expo 2020, me (Pikachu) and my friends will join forces to support Japan!”

Pokemon Stand updated for Christmas

- Pokemon Stand vending machines now feature Pikachu wearing a Santa hat

Pokemon Sword and Shield dominoes tribute

- Marnie creation featuring 13,306 dominoes

Pokemon GO datamining

- new models for Wrumple, Raticate, and Wobuffet wearing party hats discovered
- Party Hat Wrumple originally appeared as part of loading screen artwork for New Years 2018

HAL Labs celebrates Kirby winning IGN Japan's most popular game character poll

Congrats, Kirby!

IGN Japan ran a poll asking their readers to name their favorite game character, which brought in a ton of different votes for characters all across the industry. When all was said and done, Kirby emerged victorious, and was crowned most popular video game character. HAL Labs celebrated the win by taking to Twitter and sharing the following message.

"We did it Kirby!!! Thank you for your support!"

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Switch/Switch Lite bundles spotted in Spain

A special bundle for Spain

Another region-exclusive bundle has been spotted, and this time its popped up in Spain. Ubisoft has put together a special Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle bundle, which includes the game, alongside a regular Switch, or a Switch Lite. The Switch bundle is priced at 249€, while the Switch Lite bundle is 349€.

First-person horror game 'Never Again' comes to Switch on Jan. 30th, 2020

Okay, maybe one more time

Never Again – Horror/first-person Quest. The main essence of the game is research locations and puzzles, plunging in the dramatic story of a little girl suffering from asthma.

The main character – Sasha Anders, a thirteen year old girl who awakens from a nightmare. The world seems to be upside down for her. Everything becomes so strange. The house is imbued with loneliness and longing and it seems strange to our character considering it was always dominated by love and harmony. Everywhere except for the heroine’s room, suspiciously darkens, without even a single sound. Her parents and younger brother have gone missing. The girl is smart and sensible beyond her years, but each person has their own fears, and sometimes they cannot cope. This is especially troubling Sasha, due to the slightest fear, she feels suffocated.

The story that we’ll tell you penetrates deep in your heart and leaves the experience forever. The saddest part of this mystical tale, is that it is not a tale at all. This is the story of a little girl, the story of Sasha Anders.

Never Again hits the Switch on Jan. 30th, 2020, and is priced at $14.

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