RUMOR - Kirby Fighters 2 may be coming to Nintendo Switch

A recent listing on Play Nintendo has Kirby Fighters 2 as an upcoming downloadable title for the Nintendo Switch. Considering it has new artwork and a fairly official-looking description, this appears to be a fairly believable leak. But like any premature announcement, nothing is officially confirmed until Nintendo (or some company) officially confirms anything, so it is only a rumor for now.

Super Mario Galaxy's game-breaking mushroom has been fixed for Super Mario 3D All-Stars

The cursed mushroom has been cured

Here's a really interesting bit of trivia about Super Mario Galaxy that you might not know. There's a single mushroom in the game that you can't access through normal means, and if that mushroom is removed from the game's code, the entire game crashes. Super Mario Galaxy, as well as its follow-up, need that mushroom in order to run properly.

It appears Nintendo has gone in and fixed the load-bearing mushroom for the Super Mario 3D All-Stars version of Super Mario Galaxy. While the mushroom still exists in the game's files as model data, it can be yanked from the game's code without causing an issue.

Why did this mushroom need to be present to begin with? There are some rumblings that an early version of Super Mario Galaxy had some sort of playable mushroom component. When Nintendo scrapped that and moved on, part of the code tied to the game remained tied to that mushroom, and removing it borked the entire game. Instead of trying to figure out the issue, Nintendo just hid the mushroom outside the normal methods of play, and called it a day!

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is the UK's third-biggest game launch of 2020 and Nintendo's 15th-biggest launch of all time

Super Mario 3D All-Stars has continued to sell exceedingly well in all territories, and this morning it was reported that the game has become the third-biggest game launch in the United Kingdom in 2020. Additionally, the game has sold well enough to the point that it is now Nintendo's 15th-biggest game launch of all time. Those are some impressive achievements for an anniversary title!

French consumer organization looking to sue Nintendo over Switch Joy-Con drift, says it's part of a "planned obsolescence" scheme

Those are some big accusations

Nintendo is soon to face another lawsuit that stems from Joy-Con drift, but there's a lot more going on with this pending legal battle.

Over in France, the UFC-Que Choisir is a consumers group with 160 domestic local factions. UFC-Que Choisir defends the rights of consumers in litigation against corporations, and pushes for public policies reinforcing the rights of consumers. UFC has turned its focus to the Switch once again, and they've levied quite the allegation against Nintendo.

The UFC previously clashed with Nintendo over Joy-Con drift, and Nintendo responded by saying anyone experiencing the issue could get a replacement from Nintendo for free. Even after that decision was made, consumers kept reaching out to UFC with complaints on the Joy-Con, which caused the organization to look a bit deeper into what was causing the drift issue.

In their study, UFC found that a poor seal on the Joy-Con allowed in dirt and debris, which could clog up components. The UFC also found what they call "programmed obsolescence of the circuit board." It's this second part that's drawing all the attention, as UFC is basically saying that Joy-Con drift is part of Nintendo's plan for the Switch, and they've manufactured Joy-Con in such a way to force consumers to purchase multiple sets of replacement Joy-Con down the road.

While we all know there's an issue with Joy-Con drift, I don't think most consumers would believe that Nintendo is operating a nefarious scheme for planned obsolescence. Proving that in court is going to be near impossible. Whether this lawsuit even goes forward remains to be seen, but if it does, you can expect an extremely interesting legal battle to ensue.

Polish retailer updates their website with multiple mentions of "Switch Pro"

The rumor persists

Nintendo has never said the term "Switch Pro," but fans have adopted it as the name of the rumored Switch revamp that will supposedly offer more power than the Switch or Switch Lite. We're still waiting to see if the device actually exists, but as far as one Polish retailer is concerned, the name is the real deal.

Retailer Media Markt, which is actually quite big throughout Europe, has updated the Polish version of their site. Now when you search for Switch items on the site, you can find multiple instances of the phrase Switch Pro. It pops up when you're looking for the Switch itself, Switch software, and even accessories. This mention is in the header for each section, reading as Switch/Switch Pro.

Seems awfully odd for the retailer to add in this mention out of nowhere. Are they preparing for an announcement, cashing in on the hype, or sharing a bit of inside info?

Thanks to Donat for the heads up!

Nintendo hits raunchy fan-made Princess Peach game with DMCA

No surprises here

Nintendo is always scouring the internet to find anyone/anything that they feel is infringing on their characters. The latest target to fall to Nintendo's DMCA takedown is a raunchy Princess Peach game that has been around for 8 years.

Peach’s Untold Tale was a fan-made game that put Peach in some very NSFW situations. The game has been updated multiple times throughout the 8 years of its existence, but Nintendo just now swooped in to shut things down. If you go to visit the page for the game, you'll now be greeted with a message about the game being yanked due to copyright infringement.

Nintendo fans often feel that the Big N goes too far when it comes to squashing fan-made works across the internet, but I think most of us can agree that an adult-oriented Princess Peach game might be something Nintendo doesn't want their fans having access to.

Microsoft buys Bethesda parent ZeniMax

Now that's a major acquisition

This week has been kicked off with some major news in the gaming industry. Microsoft has announced that they've acquired ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion. Bethesda is responsible for game franchises such as the Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Wolfenstein, and many others.

This news means that the vast majority of Bethesda's work is going to be exclusive to the Xbox side of things. This is a huge get for Microsoft, and will no doubt impact the future of gaming in a major way. That said, Bethesda's Pete Hines did say that the company will still be publishing its own games, which may leave some wiggle room for releases on non-Xbox platforms.

UK software sales for the week ending Sept. 19th, 2020 (Super Mario 3D All-Stars takes #1)

Mario madness!

The UK software sales are in, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars managed to take the top spot. Check out the top 40 for the week ending Sept. 19th, 2020 below.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is the fifth biggest UK Switch game launch of all time, behind Pokemon Sword/Shield, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario Odyssey. Mario Kart Wii, Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Mario Odyssey are the only physical Mario launches in the UK bigger than Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Dragalia Lost celebrates its 2nd anniversary, new video presentation dropping September 24th

Dragalia Lost is celebrating its 2nd anniversary since its launch on mobile devices, and to celebrate, Nintendo has opened up a special anniversary website. Additionally, a new video presentation called the "Dragalia Digest" will air on the Nintendo Mobile YouTube channel on September 24th at 8 p.m. PT. The mobile game is also currently offering a few additional items, such as summon vouchers, for players who long on to celebrate the game.

Mario Kart Tour - Los Angeles Tour event kicks off on September 23rd


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