RUMOR - Switch revamp on the way this year with a better CPU and magnesium alloy body

A rumor for the new year

Here we are at the start of 2020 and we already have our first big rumor of the year. The Digitimes supposedly has inside information on a Switch revamp that is set to launch this year. Their sources claim that a Switch with a better CPU and magnesium alloy body will see release sometime in mid-2020.

This rumor goes hand-in-hand with the original rumor of two different versions of the Switch being in the works. We saw one of those come true with the Switch Lite, so this second release would be the beefed-up Switch that speculation has been swirling around ever since. All we can do now is sit back and see how the rumor plays out!

RUMOR - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 datamine potentially reveals upcoming content

A marvelous leak!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is confirmed to have DLC in development, and thanks to a datamine, we might have an idea of what's to come in the future. Datamining isn't always a foolproof way of leaking content, but this one has some recently found evidence to back it up. One of the details found in the datamine perfectly lines up with a now deleted image that was listed on Marvel's website. 7 specific costumes were slated for release on December 23rd, but 7 completely different ones ended up being released for some unknown reason. The initial lineup is featured in the datamine. Check out what was found below, including the findings pointing to new story content!

– Beast, Professor X and Dark Phoenix mention several team bonsues, including “Inhumans”, which doesn’t currently exist.
– Medusa has a new voice clip added (possibly select sound). These, to me, signal we may get a playable Medusa and Black Bolt to round out an Inhumans team.
– Spoken NPC dialogue indicates new Story. The Negative Zone and Doomstadt are explicitly named.
– Negative Zone mentioned to be very cold by Iceman and that it doesn’t bother him.
– Doomstadt seems to be in trouble, possibly has vampires. Cable mentions not having enough gear to take on a Celestial, so I think it might involve Galactus.
– At one point Cable calls out Annihilus by name and says he’ll squash the future he causes. Annihilus is usually the leader of the Negative Zone, so it seems he’ll be the boss there.
– New costumes coming: Gwenom, Anti-Venom, Mile Morales hood + vest (in costume), Ms Marvel lightning t-shirt + scarf

Original image on Marvel's website:

What was actually released:

RUMOR - Tons of details on Super Nintendo World's Mario Kart ride

This ride is going to make me cry tears of joy

The gang over at Orlando Park Stop have come up with a massive round of rumored info on the upcoming Mario Kart ride at Super Nintendo World. Obviously Nintendo and Universal aren't ready to talk about the details publicly, so we'll have to take this info with a grain of salt. With that said, let's hope this info is spot-on, because the ride sounds amazing!

- being touted as “the most immersive and cutting edge technological attraction” Universal has ever created
- will feature two tracks that run side by side, so it’ll feel like you’re racing the other kart
- ride karts will get their power from the track itself
- riders will pass through several different settings during the ride, all based on tracks from the series
- there will be a Rainbow Road section
- other characters in different karts will drive up beside you
- the ride will focus heavily on real sets and physical characters to tell a story
- screen-type elements will be used for backgrounds, effects, or transitional tunnels between scenes
- the exterior facade for the Mario Kart ride will be themed like Bowser’s Castle
- the entrance to the ride will be located on the second level of the two-level land
- a gift shop will be located to the right of the main entrance, themed like a mechanic’s shop
- this location will feature Mario carrying a tire on the sign
- once you enter the queue, you will be inside a large castle hall with a stairwell that branches in a few directions
- there will be the main standby line, an Express line, and a single rider line.
- all of the queue is located on the second level of the building, leaving the entire lower level for the ride
- the queue will feature different areas of Bowser’s Castle, including a portrait gallery, library, courtyard, and more
- there will also be a training area with trophy displays
- this area will likely be set apart from the darker Bowser Castle zones, and will show riders how to use AR goggles
- at the end of the queue, you'll make your way into the dungeon of Bowser’s Castle
- the load area is split into two sides, with each of the two sides having space for 4 karts to be parked and ready to load
- each car will hold 4 passengers, two in the front and two in the back
- scene-by-scene breakdown for the ride:

Scene 1: Dungeon Pit

After loading into our kart, we turn away from load, and then straighten out, right next to our competitor on the other track.

Scene 2: Start Line

Now we are side by side with the other car on the opposite track. Ahead of us is the drawbridge to leave the castle grounds. The lights light up, the buzzer sounds, and we’re off!

Scene 3: Canyon

As we leave the castle grounds we see turrets and mechanical gears while we make our way out, towards a pipe entry.

Scene 4: Piranha Plant Pipeline

We enter the pipe into an area filled with piranha plants and green pipes. Some of the pipes have water pouring out of them, like in a sewer. We exit the scene through another pipe tunnel.

Scene 5: Dolphin Shoals

We have found our way underwater, with coral and undersea life all around us.

Scene 6: Whirlpool

Looks like we’re caught in a whirlpool that takes us out of the water.

Scene 7: Twisted Mansion

The whirlpool spit us out into a strange mansion filled with chandeliers, spooky antiques, and some shady characters.

Scene 8: Cloudtop

A transitional tunnel sweeps us up into the sky where we travel through clouds, and pass by rotating propellers.

Scene 9: Grumble Volcano

Just as we reach the ground we’re surrounded by a series of volcanoes, and we’re heading towards a massive one up ahead.

Scene 10: Lava

Projection mapped lava can be seen flowing down the giant volcano as we enter below it, passing through the liquid hot magma inside.

Scene 11: Rainbow Road

It appears that the volcano has spit us out into outer space!? We see an archway to enter the Rainbow Road up ahead, which twists and turns and swirls in every direction all around us.

Scene 12: Finish Line

We’re almost to the finish line!

Scene 13: Victory Lane

Compare your scores against the other car to see who came in first!

- patents filed by Nintendo/Universal include an Augmented Reality patent, Speed tunnel patent, Moving objects patent, and
Drifting patent

RUMOR - Independent industry analyst sees evidence that Switch hardware shortages are becoming a thing in the United States

The original Switch is becoming hard to find

While we don't have any comments from traditional industry analysts or Nintendo themselves, and independent industry analyst is saying that he's seen evidence of Switch stock becoming restrained here in the states. The analyst has said that with the rush for Switch purchases in December, stock is becoming quite tight on the regular Switch hardware. Switch Lite is still in good stock overall, but if you're looking for the more versatile Switch, it could be a rough road ahead for awhile.

RUMOR - GameStop listing may point to physical release for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on Switch

We've heard whispers

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice saw release on the Switch eShop awhile back, but it looks like Switch owners might have another way to grab the game in the near future. GameStop Germany has added a new listing for the Switch version of the game, and while it doesn't have a release date, it certainly has pricing more in line with a physical release. We'll just have to hang tight for more info on this one.

RUMOR - Mario Kart Tour multiplayer beta may launch Dec. 25th, 2019

It would be a lovely Xmas gift!

Mario Kart Tour is going to get online multiplayer, but not before the feature goes into a beta test. While Nintendo hasn't confirmed when the beta test is going live, dataminers have been sniffing around in the game's latest update, and they might have found some details. There's a line in the game's code that mentions "the multiplayer beta test is going on now," alongside a Dec. 25th, 2019 date. I guess we won't have to wait long to find out of this info is true!

Did You Know Gaming - Switch Rumors

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at the history of Nintendo Switch rumors, including the 'Nintendo Fusion' hoax, and rumors of Nintendo collaborating with Xbox.

RUMOR - Together! The Battle Cats may be getting a multiplayer update

Who wouldn't like more cats?!

Together! The Battle Cats, which has been hugely successful on Switch so far, may be getting a multiplayer update in the near future. Apparently this week's issue of CoroCoro includes some new screens for the game which show off a two-player battle mode. Furthermore, this mode is said to be planned for release during the World Hobby Fair Winter ’20 in late January 2020.

RUMOR - Remake of a Disney action title coming to Switch

What's the house of mouse up to?

It's been awhile since we've had a juicy rumor to sink our teeth into, but tonight that changes with some interesting discussion about what Disney might be up to. Check out the info round-up below.

- being worked on by developer PlayMagic
- the project is a remake of Disney IP for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Switch-
- PlayMagic's website does say that they're working on an "unannounced remaster of a Disney IP"

As usual, nothing is confirmed until the parties involved say so. We'll need word from Disney or PlayMagic on their projects, and I doubt they'll be letting loose with any secrets in the near future!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Castlevania: Season 3 hitting Netflix on Dec. 1st, 2019 (UPDATE)

Your words are as empty as your soul!

The Nordic branch of Netflix put out a tweet earlier today that shared release dates for some upcoming titles on their service, and mentioned among the entertainment was Castlevania's third season. The tweet stated that the next season would launch on Dec. 1st, 2019, but there's only one problem. Netflix Nordic has since deleted the entire tweet, so we have no idea if the info was correct or not! Hopefully we get another confirmation on the release date soon.


UPDATE - Samuel Deats, director of the Castlevania Netrflix series, has shot down the date by saying, “HAH, that’s news to me and would certainly be scary considering we’re still working on the last episode of the season.”


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