RUMOR - Apex Legends may come to Switch on Feb. 2nd, 2021

Legend has it

EA originally wanted to have Apex Legends on Switch back in 2020, but the pandemic pushed things back. Since that initial reveal and delay announcement, we haven't heard a peep about release dates. That's what makes this latest rumor so interesting!

The official Japanese YouTube account for Apex Legends put up a new trailer for the game that focused on Season 8. The text under that trailer mentioned a whole bunch of details, and surprisingly showed something about the Switch version.

"And on February 2nd, it will be possible to play on Switch at the same time as the start of Season 8!"

That blurb was only found on the Japanese video, but even that version has had the line removed now. Was the listing a mistake in the first place, or did the Japanese video let the cat out of the bag a bit early?

Rumors of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes for Switch persist

Is it really going to happen?

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl originally released for the DS back in 2006, making it over 15 years since the games debuted. Fans have been clamoring for remakes for awhile now, and there's been quite a few rumors about that request making its way to Switch. While we still don't have a confirmation from Nintendo or Pokemon Co., the rumor has once again popped up.

The Spanish Pokemon fan site Centro Pokemon is saying that sources close to the project have confirmed that Diamond and Pearl remakes are indeed being worked on for Switch. Apparently we'll see the reveal of these remakes in February at some point, and they stick more closely to the original games than Pokemon Let's GO did with Pokemon Red/Blue.

Adding fuel to the fire, it seems there's something going on with the domain diamondpearl.pokemon.com. While you get a 403 error when visiting, this is different from domains for other Pokemon games. Trying to visit both blackwhite.pokemon.com and http://rubysapphire.pokemon.com give you no return at all.

Is this all just speculation, or are we actually nearing a reveal? February isn't far off, so I guess we'll all find out if this rumor is true or not soon enough!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Knuckles rumored to have a sizable role in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel

Punch it up

We know for a fact that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is getting a sequel, and there's a pretty good chance Tails will have some time in the spotlight. That said, it seems another big Sonic character will be getting some love as well.

Rumors are floating around concerning Knuckles, who will supposedly have a notable role in the sequel. This is going to be considerably more than a cameo, although details haven't been shared. It does seem that Knuckles gliding and wall-climbing abilities will be showcased as well.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Sales figures for multiple Capcom Switch titles revealed

Did Switch bring the heat?

Capcom has suffered a bit of a leak recently, and some of that data gives us sales info on a handful of titles. Now obviously Capcom isn't going to confirm these figures, but as far as we know, they're legit. Check out how Switch versions of some titles compare to the other platforms below.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Switch – 462,395
PC – 245,339
PS4 – 103,235
Xbox – 4,821

Dragon’s Dogma

PS3/Xbox 360 (original) – 1.2 million
PS3/Xbox 360 (Dark Arisen) – 1.1 million
PS4/Xbox One – 732,000
Switch – 298,000

Onimusha: Warlords (HD)

PS4 – 207,453
Switch – 111,869
Xbox One – 39,802
PC – 34,331

RUMOR: Nintendo planning to restart Smash Bros. Ultimate college tournament efforts sometime after Spring 2021

eSports are back on the menu, boys

Nintendo really doesn't do much backing of Smash Bros. Ultimate when it comes to the eSports scene, which has been a real point of contention for fans. That said, it seems Nintendo might be looking to restart their efforts on the college side of things.

PlayVS is the "Official Platform and League for High School, Youth and College eSports." The organization was looking to offer some Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments in Spring 2021, but apparently Nintendo stepped in to call things off. According to PlayVS, this is because Nintendo "wants to wait to restart their college initiatives at a later date." Obviously this isn't super specific, but it is a glimmer of hope.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Japanese voice actress for Ash in the Pokemon anime caught up in pandemic relief scam

Reports are coming out from Japan concerning Rika Matsumoto, the voice actress for Ash in the Pokemon anime. According to the reports, Matsumoto has been involved in some fishy business with Japan's pandemic relief grants.

Rumor is that Matsumoto rounded up 6 people and had them deposit their pandemic relief grant ($960) into her bank account. Japan is offering support to artists during the pandemic to help offset issues they've had with work. A former manager was included in that group without her knowledge, so she reported the situation to the authorities, as the payments should be going to each person individually.

Matsumoto refutes the claims, saying she was just holding onto the money. As to why she was holding the money, no one has an answer to that for now.

RUMOR: Dataminers discover voice clips in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that may point to playable character DLC

Is the roster set to expand?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has quite the roster of playable characters to choose from, but those who've spent time with the game might be wondering why a few members of the in-game cast can't be taken into battle. While Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have been quiet on the matter, dataminers have dug up some voice clips that might point to DLC that deepens the playable character roster. There's spoilers ahead, so only click through if you're okay with that!

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RUMOR: Resident Evil Revelations 3 is in the works for Switch

Natalia, the sluice!

Resident Evil Revelations debuted on the 3DS, and it was a real show-stopper for the portable. The game was successful enough to make its way to multiple other platforms, and get a sequel as well. Now we're hearing that a third entry is on the way, and Capcom's focus is on bringing it to Switch.

Capcom suffered a leak recently, and it revealed a ton of different projects. Included in that leak was Resident Evil Outrage, which is apparently considered internally to be a continuation of the Revelations series. Whether it retains the name remains to be seen, but for all intents and purposes, Outrage will be very much in the style of the Revelations games.

According to an industry insider, Capcom is focusing on Switch as the main platform for Resident Evil Outrage. The game will make its way to other consoles as well, but first and foremost, this will be a Switch title. We've seen this happen before with the 3DS, and thanks to the success Switch has seen, seeing Capcom give Switch the focus for another Resident Evil spin-off makes a lot of sense.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Dataminers discover a Mandalorian skin for Fortnite

This is the way

Dataminers have gone digging through Fortnite to see what content is right around the corner, and this time they've come up with something big.

It looks like more Star Wars content is heading to Fortnite, and should appear sometime in Season 5. The image above shows some upcoming skins, which includes none other than the Mandalorian himself from the Disney+ series. As you can see, he's got "The Child" in tow as well, which is sure to make him an even more popular addition to the game.

RUMOR - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake and NieR Replicant slated for release on Nintendo Switch

According to Amazon, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake and NieR Replicant are slated for release on Nintendo Switch. Prince of Persia is slated for release in January 2021 and NieR Replicant is slated for release in April 2021. If both of these rumors are true, then their game releases are not too far off, and their respective companies, Ubisoft and Square Enix, should be expected to make official announcements soon. Until then, these listings shall be marked as a rumor.