RUMOR - The reason why some of Konami's classic games never made it to the Virtual Console is absolutely baffling

Ever wonder why Konami classics like Contra, Castlevania Bloodlines, Rocket Knight Adventures, and others never made it to any version of the Virtual Console, or the NES/SNES Classics? A supposed former Konami employee who wishes to remain anonymous has shared details, and the reasoning is just plain dumb.

Back before the Wii VC went live, Nintendo sent third parties a list with their titles, and asked which ones would be eligible for release on the VC. When Konami got the list, all their classics were mentioned. The problem is, whoever filled it out forgot to checkmark certain titles before they sent it back to Nintendo. This mistake went on for years, and when an employee finally decided to update the list with the correct info, the opportunity didn't come up before they moved to a new position.

Seems like an absolutely ridiculous explanation, doesn't it? I honestly wouldn't believe it if it were any other company but Konami. The way they handle things in recent years has been mind-boggling, and this fits right in.

Thanks to ReyVGM for the heads up!

RUMOR - Universal Orlando getting Pokemon-themed area in 2020, Super Nintendo World moved to a new park, opening 2023

All of this information comes via a local news report from WFTV. Consider it rumor for now, but it's interesting nonetheless.

- Universal Orlando is opening a fourth theme park
- the new park will be Pokémon-themed
- this will be added to the KidZone section of Universal
- the Super Nintendo World rides will be moving across the street to the 400 acres Universal recently bought
- the Pokémon park is coming in 2020
- Super Nintendo World is opening in Orlando in 2023

RUMOR - Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus' Switch version may be playable at PAX East

Wondering what's up with the Switch port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus? Rumor has it that the game will be on-hand for demoing purposes at PAX East. If that's the case, we at least would have a better idea of when to expect the game to hit store shelves.

Coolshop have added Diablo 3 on Switch to their website

An online retailer by the name of Coolshop has listed Diablo 3 as a purchasable Nintendo Switch title. There is no release date on the site, but the game is currently purchasable for £47.95. This would not be the first time that Diablo 3 was rumored to come to the Nintendo Switch, and this information may be a temporary placeholder until the game is officially announced. The website does seem to be fairly reliable, but of course, there has yet to be any sort of official announcement. Therefore, nothing is guaranteed just yet, and this is still just a rumor. Thanks to sligeach_eire and Pasiccifor the heads-up!

RUMOR - Ubisoft dev says Steep is still without a release date on Switch

Steep is definitely a bit of Switch vaporware at this point. Ubisoft doesn't talk about the supposed Switch version at all, and fans have no idea what's going on with the game. The best source of info right now is a supposed Ubisoft employee that says the game is still coming, but has no official release date. It's hard to verify the source's claim of working at Ubisoft, but he is followed by some other Ubisoft employees, as well as press members who are in-the-know. I'll leave the final call up to you.

RUMOR - South Park: The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole coming to Switch

Multiple Switch owners have been hoping that Ubisoft would bring over the latest South Park game to the Switch, but rumor has it that Switch owners are going to get a double-dose of South Park soon enough. Apparently both The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole are both going to come to the platform. Obviously Ubisoft hasn't commented on this, but with both games using the Snowdrop engine, which is indeed supported on Switch, the idea makes sense!

Thanks to Timulion for the heads up!

RUMOR - Diablo III likely coming to Nintendo Switch

Previously, the official Blizzard Twitter account Tweeted out a promo video that left some fans curious about Diablo III. Some fans asked if this video could mean that the game was coming to the Nintendo Switch. In response, a representative from Blizzard stated the following:

We cannot confirm this rumour. As of now, we do not have any current plans to announce Diablo for Switch. This tweet was meant to be a fun engagement piece. We do not have any plans to announce Diablo for Switch.

As a follow-up to all of this, an insider at Blizzard allegedly informed Eurogamer that the game IS in production for the Switch. The insider also claimed that the official reveal for this announcement would be a few months off from now. So, if this all turns out to be true, then Blizzard should have some OFFICIAL and exciting news just a few months down the line. But for the time being, this is only a rumor, so this information should only be taken lightly.

RUMOR - Bandai Namco not the lead dev on Metroid Prime 4

The gang over at Easy Allies has some supposed inside info on Metroid Prime 4, and it ties into the recent discussion of Bandai Namco's involvement with the game. While that was never confirmed, many people believed that a listing on LinkedIn mentioning a first person adventure for Switch was actually Metroid Prime 4. According to the Easy Allies clip above (24 minute mark), Bandai Namco isn't the lead dev on the project, and is instead a supporting role. Last we heard from Nintendo, Metroid Prime 4 was going to be created by an internal team.

RUMOR - Datamining finds new batch of hint art in Super Mario Odyssey's latest update

When Version 1.2.0 came out for Super Mario Odyssey, dataminers started pouring through the content to find anything pointing to future updates. The results of that have been showcased above. Rumor has it that these 20 pieces of hint art were included in the update, but we have no idea why they were included. If they are indeed legit, it seems like there might be some more moons coming to the game at a later date.

RUMOR - Is this a real copy of Hong Kong 97 for the Super Famicom?

I had no idea I'd be talking about Hong Kong 97 so much this month. First we have an interview with the man behind the game's creation, and now we have a rumor of a physical copy?! If you don't know, a physical copy of Hong Kong 97 is pretty much unheard of. I haven't seen anyone claim ownership in all my years of running GN, but here we have someone claiming that this is the real deal. I'm not in any place to discern whether this is legit or not, but I can say that it'd be a huge deal if its proven real.

Thanks to Dan for the heads up!