RUMOR: One of Nintendo's development servers may have been hacked

Let's hope this is a cruel joke

Right off the bat, I want to stress that we are unsure if this information is legitimate. Any rumor should always be taken with a grain of salt, but when a story like this pops up around April Fools' Day, it makes you wonder even more. As long as you have those thoughts in mind, let's continue on to the story itself.

Word is going around that Nintendo may have suffered a virtual intrusion. Apparently someone has been able to hack their way into one of Nintendo's development servers, and they've gained access to a few tidbits of data in the last few days. This would not be the first time something like this has happened, as another hacker gained access to Nintendo's development side of things back in 2016.

We will not be reporting on the content sourced from the hack, as that just wouldn't seem right. I also want to point out that all the Mario-related discussion and rumors that have been shared recently do not stem from this hack. This is a separate instance that has given new information. It's very likely some of it you've seen/heard about already, and some you have not.

We've reached out to Nintendo on the matter, and we'll report back if they provide a statement. We did not ask about the validity of the content pulled from the server, but instead, the hack itself. Hopefully the story is completely made up.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up.

New info surfaces on the rumored Mario 35th anniversary re-releases for Switch (anniversary collection, Super Mario 3D World Deluxe)

It's Mario mania for 2020

Yesterday we saw a wave of rumors come out about Nintendo's plans to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series. Those rumors included talk of re-releases and more for classic Mario games. Today we have a few more tidbits on what to expect, and how it'll be released. The info comes courtesy of VGC.

Again, this is all rumor for now, and when Nintendo was asked for confirmation, they said they don't comment on rumor or speculation.

- titles specifically mentioned as heading to Switch include Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy
- this does not mean more titles won't be included, but these are the games verified at the moment
- these will appear as part of an anniversary collection, rather than standard ports to Switch
the name being used internally for the collection is "Super Mario All-Stars 2"
- Super Mario 3D World will be getting the "Deluxe" treatment, just like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Super Mario 3D World Deluxe will include new levels, as well as other new content
- older Mario games not yet available on the Switch Online NES/SNES Collections may be added

RUMOR: Some parts of Europe many not see a Ring Fit Adventure restock until September 2020, if not later

Supply is stretching thin

While the Switch seems to be sold out all over the world and the Switch Lite is quickly catching up, Ring Fit Adventure has been suffering the same fate. With the game requiring a special Ring-con accessory to play, there's quite a bit more that goes into production. Coronavirus has caused production line issues for Nintendo and countless other companies, and the Big N is currently scrambling to produce more units of Ring Fit Adventure through different means.

This all means customers will need to have a bit more patience while waiting for new copies to ship out. While Nintendo themselves haven't said when to expect more stock, some retailers in Europe are claiming the wait is going to be pretty lengthy. A customer in the Czech Republic who preordered Ring Fit Adventure got an email update saying the shipment was shifted from April 5th all the way late Sept./early Oct. 2020.

We'll reach out to Nintendo for a statement on this matter to try and clear up just how long of a wait is expected.

RUMOR: Cloud version of Resident Evil 3 for Switch being explored

Not the version fans were hoping for

Earlier in the week, some information popped up that gave Switch owners hope that Resident Evil 3 was heading to Switch. Data was found within Resident Evil 3's source code that mentioned Switch specifically, which certainly could be seen as an indicator of a Switch version in the works. Now we're hearing a bit more info, and it's not likely to make fans happy.

According to Daniel Ahmad, Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, Capcom is currently looking into a cloud version of Resident Evil 3. Capcom offered a cloud version of Resident Evil 7 for Switch, which only saw release in Japan. No word on if that'll be the case for Resident Evil 3 as well, but we do know that Capcom has no plans for a native port of the game.

RUMOR - Resident Evil 3 Remake datamine suggests that the game is coming to Switch

According to a recent datamine, a Nintendo Switch version of Capcom's upcoming Resident Evil 3 Remake may soon be available. Given the fact that there are lines of code in the game that suggest that players will be able to visit a console's digital game store, including Nintendo's, it seems to suggest that if nothing else, Capcom at least considered bringing the game to Switch at one point. Some have speculated that the game may be available only through a cloud-based service, which would be similar to have a similar game, Resident Evil 7, was made available for Switch. For the time being, this shall have to remain as a mysterious line of code until Capcom makes an official comment.

RUMOR - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC may see delays due to coronavirus

According to Masahiro Sakurai's upcoming Famitsu column, the coronavirus may cause a delay in the development schedule for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. At this time, there is no confirmation that anything has been pushed back, and the full translation of Sakurai's column has yet to be fully revealed and translated. For now, it would be best to be considerate of the developers at this time and respect their decision to prioritize their health first.

RUMOR: E3 2020 being cancelled

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether E3 2020 is going to continue as planned, or get scrapped due to the coronavirus. We're hearing that a decision has been made, and E3 2020 is indeed going to be cancelled. While we don't have official confirmation yet, we do have this tweet from Devolver Digital.

That certainly makes it seem like E3 2020 is no more, but we'll update this post with an official confirmation/denial when one becomes available.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

UPDATE - Bloomberg is saying that E3's cancellation will be announced at 9:30 AM PT, and show organizers are “exploring options for an online E3 event this summer.”

RUMOR: A Nintendo Direct or Indie World Showcase could air as early as next week

Is it really happening?!

Everyone has been wondering where the next Nintendo Direct is. We're long overdue for one, and rumors have been floating around for awhile that one is in the works. The gang over at Venturebeat supposed has the details on what's around the corner, and they've shared the following tidbits.

- Nintendo is in the final stages of putting a Nintendo Direct together
- a Nintendo Direct or Indie World showcase could air as early as March 18th, 2020
- the next Nintendo Direct will focus on the Switch's 2020 lineup
- expect to hear about a wide variety of games, including third party support
- the Direct will also have a quick segment on Animal Crossing: New Horizons

UPDATE - Venturebeat is now saying that a Nintendo Direct is coming March 26th, and an Indie World presentation is coming March 18th, 2020.

RUMOR: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition updated to Version 3.6 in Korea, numerous visual tweaks introduced, cross-save with Steam/GoG

Let's hope it's the real deal

UPDATE: Turns out the rumor was true! Check out the official patch notes here.

Just a few hours back, we posted up about Saber Interactive removing all references to the next update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition from their Facebook page. The team had been saying the update would be worth the wait, and then decided those comments had to vanish for some unknown reason. Now things get even more confusing, because rumor has it a new update has dropped in Korea.

As you can see in the image above, this update does include some graphical tweaks that make a notable difference. The game's options now include a list of 8 new features to mess around with. You can see the list below.

* Bloom
* Sharpen
* Depth of Field
* Depth of Field for Cut-scenes
* Chromatic Aberration
* Water Quality
* Foliage Visibility Range
* Anti-Aliasing

Along with that, the update supposedly allows you to share your save file across the Steam and GoG versions of the game as well, allowing you to play on-the-go on Switch, and then at your PC when home.

The only problem is, we can't seem to verify that this update is live in any other region. We have the supposed evidence from the screenshots and alongside a Ruliweb post, but that's about it. Hopefully we can get a straight answer on this situation as the day rolls on.

RUMOR: Nintendo approached Disney about adding Kingdom Hearts' Sora to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but was shot down

Disney just sounds like a Sora loser

Here's a heartbreaking rumor for both Smash Bros. and Kingdom Hearts fans, and it comes from former Game Informer editor Imran Khan.

On a recent episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast, a discussion of Smash Bros. Ultimate comes up. According to Khan, Nintendo "approached Disney" about adding Sora from Kingdom Hearts to Smash Bros. Ultimate. You'd think the inclusion would be a match made in heaven, but apparently that's not the case.

While we don't have specifics on why the deal didn't go through, Khan speculates that Disney Japan was specifically responsible for blocking the character's inclusion. That's definitely a shame to hear, but hopefully Disney comes around some day.

If you want to hear the segment for yourself, you can listen in at the 26:50 mark below. The discussion goes on until about the 29 minute mark.


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