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!

RUMOR - Naruto: Ultimate Storm Trilogy heading to Switch (UPDATE)

UPDATE - This rumor has been confirmed!

The gang over at ShonenGamez, who I would imagine to be in-the-know when it comes to Naruto, have heard from a trusted source that Naruto: Ultimate Storm Trilogy is soon to be revealed for the Switch. They don't share any other details than that, so I guess we'll just have to sit back and see what happens!

A second toy maker points to another Sonic racing game in the works

Not that long ago, toy maker Zappies claimed they were working on toys for an upcoming Sonic racing game. This was after a rumor of a Sonic racing game came out, but SEGA specifically said another Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed wasn't in the works. SEGA's comment leaves room for them be working on another Sonic racing title, but something outside of the Sonic and All-Stars universe.

Today the rumor grows, with comment from Diamond Select Toys at the New York Toy Fair. A representative for the company revealed some details on an upcoming line of Sonic merch, and had this to say when asked for more info.

“There are some minifigures […] some come with diorama pieces you’re going to build a race track from the game…“

There you go, yet another mention of a Sonic racing game. Now this could be related to an older Sonic game, but it seems more likely that Diamond Select Toys is working on toys for a new game, just as Zappies claimed.

RUMOR - Are plans changing for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Florida?

Last we heard, it was expected that Super Nintendo World construction at Universal Studios Florida was going to begin before the end of 2017 in the KidZone area. The thing is, nothing has happened since the permits were filed. Is it time to worry about the project? While we don't have official details, inside sources claim the attraction is now set to be part of Universal Orlando’s rumored third theme park. The best news is, if anything, this move would mean an even bigger presence for Nintendo at the park.

RUMOR - New certification from Nintendo leads to Switch revision speculation

UPDATE - According to prior certification listings, it seems HAT-001 might be the model number for the already-existing SDEV devkit, not an indicator of a Switch revision in development. Thanks to Mariostarn for the heads up!

Everyone knows Nintendo loves to revise their portable systems. Usually they revamp their portables with new colors and features as the years roll on. Could we see the same thing happen with the Switch? Some think a registration filed by Nintendo points to that happening down the road.

Just today, Nintendo has registered "HAT-001". What the hell does that mean? Let's take a look at some other filings to see what they mean.

Nintendo registered HAT-002 a long time ago, which is the portable development version of the Switch that resembles the design we currently have. Typically Nintendo uses 001 to signify a consumer console, as was used for DS, 3DS and Wii U. The current retail version of the Switch is HAC-001, and the cradle is HAC-007.

In other words, the registering of HAT-001 could indicate some sort of revision for the Switch set to release to the public. There are certainly things in Nintendo's past that would point to that happening, but this is all just speculation for now.

Also worth mentioning, Nintendo registered HAT-003 as well. This is the cradle development version of the Switch.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!