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RUMOR - Fourth Nintendo Labo kit may see release this year

Nintendo Labo already has its third kit on the way, which we know to be the Vehicle Kit. Now rumor has it that a fourth kit could see release this year as well, and it would include some items that we've already seen in the original Nintendo Labo trailer. Toy-Con such as the camera and gun would be included in this package, and possibly more. It's not hard to imagine a fourth Nintendo Labo kit coming to Switch, and with the Vehicle Kit hitting in September, having one more launch before the year ends is certainly plausible.

RUMOR - Unconfirmed July 2018 NPD numbers put Switch at #1 hardware overall, Octopath Traveler the #1 piece of software

July 2018's official NPD numbers will be out next week, but it appears we have a leak from a trusted source. If the numbers are to be believed, it looks like the Switch really rocked it in July, and that's thanks to the launch of Octopath Traveler. Here's the leaked data.

Hardware

Switch : 263k
PS4 : 187k
X1 : 152k
3DS : 84k
Other (NES+SNES) : 344k

Year-on-Year hardware

Switch: +18%
3DS: -20%
PS4: -14%
Xbox One: +16%

Software

1. Octopath Traveler
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Splatoon 2 Fork Vs. Spoon Splatfest hitting North America on Aug. 25th, 2018

While not official confirmed by Nintendo yet, it appears the next Splatoon 2 Splatfest has been revealed. Dataminers have supposedly discovered that the battle will be fork versus spoon, and it takes place on Aug. 25th, 2018. I don't know about you, but I'm not feeling this Splatfest. I like both these utensils, as I use them for different things! I'm not going to eat ice cream with fork, nor would I eat meat with a spoon!

RUMOR - King K. Rool's inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate was due to Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot results

Ever since the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot came out back in 2015, a lot of people wondered if our votes actually mattered. While that's certainly up for debate when it comes to numerous characters, it seems that fans made a difference when it came to King K. Rool.

According to a recent episode of The Kongversation, a DK Vine Podcast, a long-running inside source claims that Nintendo was blown away by the fan support for King K. Rool. They had no idea so many people would vote for him on the Fighter Ballot, thinking the character didn't have much popularity. That groundswell of support was directly responsible for getting the character revived for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Thanks to Bellboy for the heads up!

RUMOR - New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U coming to Switch

One of the Wii U's first games could be making its way to Switch. Multiple inside sources are claiming that New Super Mario Bros. U, and the New Super Luigi U expansion could be seeing release on Switch in a single package. The compilation, called New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, could hit the Switch at some point this year. Sources aren't 100% sure, but it seems that there might be some other bonus content included.

Forbes publishes, yanks article that says Diablo III is coming to Switch with exclusive content

Earlier today, Forbes published an article that confirmed Diablo III for Switch. It appears Forbes may have jumped the gun on embargo though, as the article has been removed. Thankfully we still have all the details from that feature!

- Switch version is called the 'Eternal Collection'
- 4-player local multiplayer on a single Switch
- 4 player local multiplayer on 4 separate Switch units as well
- play online through the Switch Online service
- cloud save support
- includes Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs, plus all other added content
- $60
- Nintendo-exclusive in-game bonuses
- Ganondorf cosmetic armor set
- Tri-Force portrait frame
- cuckoo pet
- Echoes of the Mask cosmetic wings

We'll keep this story marked as a rumor until the game is officially confirmed, but I'd say that it's just a matter of time now!

RUMOR - Hacker finds some sort of 'Test VR' mode on Switch







Is this the case of a couple homebrewers trying to pull the wool over our eyes, or is this something to get excited about? As you can see in the Twitter exchange above, it looks like some sort of pseudo VR mode has been implemented on the Switch. Apparently this is tucked away within the Switch itself. That's what we're supposed to believe, anyway. With these two being involved in homebrew, I'm not sure if I trust them. What do you guys think? Are these two cooking up their own thing and trying to fool everyone, or was this really discovered in the Switch firmware?

Thanks to ThatWaluigiDude for the heads up!

RUMOR - New Smash Bros. Ultimate character may have been leaked

We're in full-on spoiler territory here, gang! Only hit the jump if you don't mind a potentially HUGE spoiler for tomorrow's Direct!

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RUMOR - 15 Kanto region Pokemon receive updated trademarks

Looks like Pokemon Company, Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures Inc. are gearing up for yet another surprise in Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee. Reports have come in stating that there is a new round of trademarks for 15 Kanto region Pokemon. The list includes Golem, Machamp, Raichu, Jynx, Starmie, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Hitmontop, Arbok, Weezing, Persain, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, and Dragonite.

What's the big deal about this? Turns out the last time old Pokemon received updated trademarks, Mega Evolutions were revealed for Pokemon X and Y. This detail would tie in quite nicely with the news earlier last week about Takara Tomy preparing a line of figurines for the Kanto evolutionary starters' Mega forms.

RUMOR - First Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee accessories revealed

Rumor has it that the above items are our very first look at a wave of Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee accessories that are on the way. Here's a breakdown of each item.

Pokémon themed Switch case

- hard shell
- padded interior
- five game card slots
- elastic strap to store a USB-C cable or Joy-Con straps
- interior is a blue and yellow gradient with alternating rows of Pikachu and Eevee silhouettes, as well as white Poké Balls

Single strap bag

- features full body silhouettes of Pikachu and Eevve on the outside
- grey Poké Ball tag at the top
- sides of the bag are green around the front zipper and blue along the main body