Nikkei doubles down, once again says a smaller redesign of the Switch is coming this Summer

Who do you believe?

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated earlier today that the company will not be announcing any new hardware at E3 2019. Fans immediately found the wording of his statement suspect, and started thinking that perhaps a hardware revamp could be revealed slightly before or after E3 this year.

Nikkei apparently feels the same way, as they followed up Mr. Furukawa's statement by publishing yet another article stating that a smaller Switch redesign is due out sometime this Summer. It seems Nikkei is extremely confident in their inside info on this one.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Does turning off match recordings in Mortal Kombat 11 make the game run better while boosting graphics?

If there's a difference, it's miniscule

A rumor popped up on Reddit earlier today claiming that turning off match recording will give a boost to the graphics in Mortal Kombat 11, as well as a smoother gameplay experience. The video above attempts to suss out the truth on that claim. As far as I'm concerned, the footage looks near identical.

RUMOR - New, cheaper Switch due out by end of June 2019, 'modest upgrade' of current Switch coming later this year

More Switch redesign rumors

Bloomberg has chimed in with their own information on the rumored Switch redesigns on the way. As usual, this is all just rumor and speculation until Nintendo themselves confirm the news. Here's what Bloomberg had to say, with their info coming from two people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss private plans.

- the new, cheaper Switch will likely be launched by the end of June
- the existing Switch will receive a modest upgrade this year
- a more powerful version is not in the works

RUMOR: Fortnite battle pass gifting might be on the way

A gift for you!

Fortnite's battle pass is extremely popular with players, offering all kinds of extra emotes and more. Still, there are some players out there who would love to get in on each battle pass, but they don't have the cash to grab it themselves. Good news is, there might be another option on the way.

Dataminers have discovered a mention in the game's source code of gifted battle passes, which would be new to the game. Now you can help out a friend by coughing up the cash yourself and sending a battle pass their way. It's a great idea for a gift to your favorite Fortnite friends!

RUMOR - Dialog between Mortal Kombat 11's DLC characters surfaces

Seeing these characters interact sure is...interesting

If you've been following along, you already know that Mortal Kombat 11's DLC character roster seems to have leaked. Following that news, we now have dialog interactions between those DLC characters. Again, this is heavy spoiler territory, so only hit the jump if you're 100% okay with that.

Click here to read the rest of the story...

RUMOR - Mortal Kombat 11's full list of DLC characters leaked

Could this list be true?

First off, here's what we know to be true. The Switch version of Mortal Kombat 11 has made its way onto the market early. We also know that that version has leaked online. On top of that, review copies for other versions are in the hands of reviewers right now. With all that happening, it's not hard to believe that dataminers are pouring through the game's content to see what secrets await.

As long as you don't mind potential spoilers, you can hit the jump to have a look at the supposed roster of DLC characters. Turn back now if you want to keep things a secret!

Click here to read the rest of the story...

RUMOR: Switch might see an official release in China, courtesy of Tencent

This is potentially HUGE news

For years now, investors and analysts have been asking Nintendo when they were going to make a move into China. If the latest round of details is to be believed, that move could happen this year.

A recent series of government documents has revealed that the Switch has been approved for release in China by the Department of Culture of Guangdong Province. Even more interesting, the documents show that Tencent will be the company handling the Switch's distribution.

This would be an absolutely huge move for Nintendo, and quite the unprecedented partnership. It's unlikely Nintendo or Tencent will comment on the matter until there's an official announcement, so we'll just have to hang tight and keep a watch for more documents.

RUMOR: Joker's Final Smash may be causing softlock issues in Smash Bros. Ultimate's Classic Mode

What a joke

If you're giving Joker a shot in Smash Bros. Ultimate, you might want to steer clear of using his Final Smash in Classic Mode. Reports are coming in stating that the Final Smash can cause the game to softlock. If this is indeed the case, hopefully Nintendo can get a fix out quick.

Thanks to TKOWL for the heads up!

RUMOR - Nikkei claims less expensive Switch coming this Fall, other model being ''held back''

Earlier today, there was Nikkei information being spread around by certain outlets. The information didn't seem to line-up with what we heard. Luckily, Serkan Toto stepped in and translated the Nikkei article on his Twitter...

- Nikkei says the Lite/portable/smaller model is scheduled for release in the fall + can dock to TVs
- describes the other device variant not really as a beefed-up "Pro" but says it will be a "full model change"
- Nikkei says the production of the variant is being "held back"
- according to one or more developers (there is no plural in Japanese) the paper spoke to, it is not entirely clear who at Nintendo is leading the concept creation of the device

RUMOR - Nintendo's Quality of Life department no more, sleep monitoring project cancelled

The situation is a shame, considering how long we've been hearing about Nintendo's Quality of Life prospects. It never seemed to fully come together after the initial excitement. While the sleep monitor could've been neat, if the quality isn't there, that would obviously bring up a problem.