Rumor - A Nintendo Switch bundle featuring Super Mario 3D All-Stars Bundle appears on Swedish website

A Swedish website has posted a listing for what appears to be a Nintendo Switch bundle featuring the upcoming Super Mario 3D All-Stars title. It is possible that Nintendo may release the game alongside some sort of limited-edition Nintendo Switch, but at the moment, Nintendo has not said anything regarding an upcoming bundle. Furthermore, there are no pictures of the bundle, so it is unknown if the game would be packaged with the Nintendo Switch or just be sold separately alongside the console itself. For the time being, we will just have to wait for an official announcement or comment, but given the fact that the game is set to release in just a couple weeks, it should not be long before this listing is proven either true or false.

RUMOR: Nintendo originally planned to kick off some Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary events in April 2020

Plans got shuffled just a bit

Among the various special events Nintendo announced for the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary was a new Ninji Speedrun for Super Mario Maker 2. The event will be 35th anniversary themed, and is coming to the game sometime in November 2020. That said, it seems Nintendo had plans to run this event much earlier.

People have gone snooping around the official Mario hub site that Nintendo put together, and they stumbled upon an info page for the Ninji Speedrun. The difference is, this page seems to be an old, unused page that Nintendo didn't think the public would find. The page lists the same Ninji Speedrun mentioned above, but it shows a release date of April 14th to 21st, 2020.

There's no doubt Nintendo hand planned to reveal a lot of their Mario 35th anniversary plans earlier in the year, but the pandemic through a monkey wrench into those plans. This defunct announcement page could show just how far Nintendo had to push some plans back.

Thanks to Wipeout Jack for the heads up!

RUMOR - Leak shows Funko POP! figurines for Ponyta, Raichu, Mew, and a Pikachu variant

What's POPpin?

There has been a decent amount of Funko leaks in recent months, giving us a look at what's to come from the toy manufacturer. That includes a number of different leaks for Pokemon figurines, which all turned out to be true. Now yet another wave has been leaked, and we'll have to wait and see if they're the real deal.

The latest leak says that four more Pokemon Funko POP! figures are on the way. Apparently Ponyta, Raichu, and Mew are on the way, as well as a Silver Metallic Pikachu. We just have the info on these leaks, and no pictures have been shared at this time. Expect some leaks of the actual figurines as the weeks roll on.

Rumor - Super Mario Remasters still planned to be announced in September, but the games likely won't release until 2021

A long ongoing rumor throughout 2020 was that Nintendo was going to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise by releasing various remastered versions of classic Mario games for the Nintendo Switch. However, due to complications with COVID-19, these games were allegedly delayed. September is supposed to be Mario's big celebratory month, and it was supposed to be the month in which these Mario remasters would have been released. But now that September 2020 has arrived and there are no announcements, many have wondered if this long-running rumor still holds any merit.

A newer rumor suggests that the games will still be announced this month as a means of still celebrating Mario's 35th anniversary in some way. However, the games themselves would most likely not release in 2020 and would instead release sometimes in 2021. This rumor has been going on for so long, so who knows if these games are even real and, assuming they are real, if Nintendo still has any plans to announce any information regarding these games.

If this rumor IS real, then that would mean that Nintendo would announce these games by the end of the month. In other words, September may be the month that finally proves whether or not these 35th anniversary games are legitimate, and if they are, then Super Mario will unfortunately have to have a smaller celebration this year than Nintendo had hoped.

Rumors of Monster Hunter Switch surface once again

Is it really happening?

There have been rumors of a new Monster Hunter game on Switch for awhile now. We've never heard anything concrete from Capcom about these rumors, but the latest rumblings point to the company revealing the game soon.

Yet another industry insider claims that Monster Hunter Switch is going to be revealed in the near future, and the game is running on a modified version of the RE Engine. The general consensus seems to be that the game is going to be revealed in some form come Sept. 2020.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR: Supply chain sources say a redesigned, more powerful Switch might launch in 2021

The rumor never dies

Rumors of a more powerful Switch, or a 'Switch Pro' have been circulating for years now. We're yet to see anything actually get announced, but that hasn't stopped the rumors from continuing to spread.

Today we have yet another outlet pegging a Switch Pro for release, and they say it could be coming sometime in 2021. The following snippet comes from The Edge Markets.

Today's gains also followed a report in the Taipei-based Economic Daily News that Nintendo might launch a new version of its Switch console early next year, citing unidentified people in the supply chain. A more powerful version of the console has been rumoured in the past.

We've heard this sort of thing before, and obviously nothing has come of it yet. This time around, sources claim the Switch Pro will include 'upgraded interactivity' and a better screen. A Switch Pro does seem like a likely event at some point, but whether it gets released in 2021 is anyone's guess.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Nintendo Direct schedule for Aug. 28th, 2020

Directly to us?

When is Nintendo going to host their next Nintendo Direct presentation? It seems like we could have our wish granted in the very near future.

According to GamesBeat's Jeff Grub, Nintendo has something in the works for this coming week.

“I’ve heard a few things and I think there’s a strong possibility that there is a Nintendo Direct next week, on Friday [the 28th]. That’s the date I’ve heard.”

As usual, we don't know what kind of presentation it is. Will it be a Nintendo Direct Mini, a Partner Showcase, or a fully-fledged Direct? I guess we'll have to wait and see!

RUMOR: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 might be coming to Switch

Skating over to Switch?

Activision hasn't announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 for Switch yet, but some evidence has popped up that certainly points to an announcement down the road.

Dataminer Darth Bellic went poking around the demo's various files to see what he could find, and he stumbled upon various controller images. Included in those images were pictures for the Switch itself, the Pro Controller, and the Joy-Con. There's certainly no reason for those images to be in there if Activision didn't have some plans to bring Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 to Switch.

Now the question is, did they have these plans and abandon them, or are they a hint of an announcement down the road? We'll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Thanks to Dakhil and cm30 for the heads up!

Guatemalan retailer lists Prince of Persia remake for Switch with November 2020 release date

Another retailer leak has been discovered...

According to Guatemalan retailer MAX, Ubisoft may have plans to soon announce a remake of the original Prince of Persia. A listing has recently appeared on their official website for both Switch and PS4 versions, with pre-orders currently being taken for a November 2020 launch window.

While retailer listings for unannounced games don't always come into fruition, Jason Schreier (a video game reporter at Bloomberg) seems to be teasing the game's legitimacy on Twitter. Replying to a skeptic's response of "I don’t believe it’s true", Schreier tweeted "This tweet won’t age well.”

With Schreier having a known track record for leaking details on various Ubisoft titles, it seems that we can likely expect an official announcement from Ubi for a Prince of Persia remake sometime in the near future.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Collector’s Edition appears on European listing

The highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was officially confirmed for development back during E3 2019. But since then, Nintendo has not provided any information regarding the game's development progress. As such, fans have been clamoring for any additional details, and fortunately, a recent website listing may just have a bit of insight regarding the future of the game.

A European distributor known as WT&T has listed that a collector's edition for Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 will be available to pre-order for €82,85 in Europe, while another listing for the game has standard release at €69,99. The game also has a date of December 31st 2020, which is almost certainly a placeholder. Although none of this information is confirmed, if it WERE to be true, then it should not be long before Nintendo releases some more details on the game and its release!


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