RUMOR - Sonic's design for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie may have been revealed

...and that's no good

It looks like we might have gotten our first real look at what Sonic will look like in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. It's actually quite close to what some fans put together, and is a redesign that's likely to make quite a number of fans upset. The artwork comes from HC Associates, a company who 'combines solid strategy and creative magic to build brand experiences across every touch point." Here's what their page for Sonic the Hedgehog said before they took it down.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world who isn’t familiar with SEGA’s beloved IP, Sonic the Hedgehog. But global reverence does come with a unique price.In creating a licensing and packaging program to be used worldwide and to be applied against targeting multiple audience demographics, it was necessary to strike a balance between staying true to the Sonic brand, while appealing to a global audience, and differentiating from previous Sonic merchandise packaging.

The challenge of creating a global licensing and packaging program targeted to multiple demographics came with several strategic requirements: 1) signal a new modern take on the brand without abandoning its core essence, 2) appeal to a worldwide audience and 3) clearly differentiate from previous merchandising efforts.

Our approach was to create a system that was versatile and modular, so that various Sonic IPs including Classic Sonic, Modern Sonic, Film Sonic, Animation Sonic, and other events could be integrated seamlessly within the baseline packaging look.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Does this Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION merch point to a new feature in Pokemon Sword & Shield?

Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION is hitting Japan later this year, and as is expected, a bunch of merch is on the way to coincide with the movie. One product announced are the series of metal charms seen above. These metal charms have caught the eye of Pokemon fans, as they might be hinting at a feature/mechanic in the upcoming Pokemon Sword & Shield.

The lineup of metal charms includes two different “Armored Mewtwo” designs, and both of them are kept a secret in the promotional material. Could this be pointing to an Armor Evolution in Pokemon Sword and Shield, with one being exclusive to Sword, and the other exclusive to Shield?

RUMOR - Mortal Kombat 11 full roster leaked

We've had a Mortal Kombat 11 roster leak rumor before, and it was a bit iffy. Now we have a second leak, and this one is pretty damn believable. You'll see why if you hit the jump, but I'm warning you... If you want to keep things secret for launch, you might not want to have a look.

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RUMOR - Splatoon 2's Marina appears on an Xbox One menu

Nintendo and Microsoft are becoming very fast friends in recent years, and that relationship seems to be picking up steam. While there's plenty of confirmed information to share about the two companies collaborating, we also have something like the rumor above.

As you can see, it certainly looks like Marina from Splatoon 2 was hiding on an Xbox One system menu. These banners are implemented by Microsoft, and not the user. It seems the banner was removed shortly after it first went live.

All the news lately has been about multiple Xbox One games coming to Switch, but it makes you wonder just what Nintendo is bringing to the table for Microsoft, other than a platform. Could some Nintendo-related titles make their way to Xbox One? The above image certainly has people wondering just that.

Thanks to AutumnalBlake for the heads up!

RUMOR - The actor who portrayed Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat movies might be reprising his role for Mortal Kombat 11

Carry-Hiroyuki Tagawa is the actor who portrayed Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, and he's been recently causing speculation that he'll be reprising the role for Mortal Kombat 11.

Mr. Tagawa has been quite active on Twitter lately, particularly with fans who want him to appear as Shang Tsung in the new game. He's been liking and retweeting comments concerning his appearance, and has even tweeted out direct statements about happenings in the game. At this point, if he's not involved with Mortal Kombat 11 somehow, he's certainly been playing a master troll game.

Boon did tease that there would be some faces in the game that we'd recognize, and there's still not a single real-life actor's likeness revealed for the game yet. There was speculation that John Cena could be playing Stryker, but perhaps Carry-Hiroyuki Tagawa will be joining as Shang Tsung as well.

RUMOR - Microsoft bringing Cuphead to Switch, over 100 Xbox games coming via Game Pass, Halo and more could be next

Following yesterday's explosive rumor that Microsoft is bringing Xbox GamePass to Switch along with Ori and the Blind Forest, another wave of details has come in. Again, this is just rumor for now, but it seems those in the know are now going to let loose with the inside info they're privy to.

- Cuphead is on the way to Switch
- more than 100 Xbox games will be available on Switch via GamePass
- Halo, Gears of War, and Forza could come to Switch as native ports, rather than through GamePass

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Microsoft working on Xbox app and GamePass for Switch, Ori and the Blind Forest coming as well

The other day, Liam Robertson claimed that Microsoft and Nintendo were working on some big things. Now we have some supposed info on what that content is.

- Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to Switch
- Xbox app coming to Switch
- app allows Project xCloud and GamePass support
- Project xCloud will allow Switch to play games that the hardware couldn't support on its own

RUMOR - Joker's stage in Smash Bros. Ultimate may be Mementos

Dataminers continue to pour through the source code for Smash Bros. Ultimate, and yet another breadcrumb has been discovered. In one portion of the source code, dataminer Dr. HyperCake found mention of Jack_Menentoes_. This mention was found in the same area where other series/stage references are made in the game data. For those who don't know, Mementos is a stage found in Persona 5. It doesn't take much to connect the dots here, which all seem to point to Mementos being the stage for Joker in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

RUMOR - Nintendo and Microsoft working on 'big things' together, plus more talk of Scalebound revival chances

Liam Robertson has become very well-known over the years for being someone who can get inside info on games. He hunts down details on cancelled projects, and keeps his ear to the ground for up-and-coming info. His most recent feature can be seen above, where he covers some recent hot topics for Nintendo fans. He also hits upon some new tidbits. Check out a summary of the video below.

- Project HAMMER and Scalebound are unlikely to come back
- Project HAMMER was a mess of a project that caused a lot of damage
- Platinum has unannounced projects and pitches
- the decision to cancel Scalebound was a mutual one between PlatinumGames and Microsoft
- one of the biggest reasons it was cancelled was the tech could not run the vision for the game
- Scalebound was a very personal project for the team
- picking it up again when many folk who worked on it have left seems against PG's studio culture
- there's a rumor that Platinum has shelved a major project recently because they couldn't staff it
- there's no reason for Microsoft to sell Scalebound as it would do damage to Microsoft
- Robertson heard Nintendo and Microsoft are working on big things together
- he doesn't think PlatinumGames has the money to buy Scalebound

RUMOR - Could Pokemon Switch news be on the way?

We just got wrapped up with a Nintendo Direct, and now the rumor mill is churning once again. This time the focus is on the world of Pokemon, and a few sources are claiming that some in on Pokemon Switch is incoming.

With a new Pokemon mainline game coming to Switch this year, it's not crazy to think that information on that game will be released soon. Promotion will have to start at some point, but when? With Pokemon Day kicking off next week, it could very well be the perfect time to drop the first official details on Pokemon Switch. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!