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RUMOR - New round of Eevee-related Funko POP! figurines on the way

Eevee on the way?

Yesterday we had the rumor of a super-sized Pikachu Funko POP! figurine being in the works. Funko hasn't confirmed that information yet, but now we already have another rumor about other Pokemon figurines the company is working on.

According to various sources, Funk is currently working on some Eevee-related Funko POP! figurines. The lineup will include Eevee (new pose), Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon. These will all be the 4-inch variety, and they should be seeing release quite soon.

RUMOR - Pikmin 3 Deluxe in the works for Nintendo Switch, coming ''soon''


At the end of VentureBeat's report on the new Paper Mario: The Origami King, the outlet mentions that ''other Nintendo studios will have games ready for release soon'. This includes the already rumored 3D Mario remasters as well as ''Pikmin 3 Deluxe''.

Earlier in the year, the rumors surrounding this title started to develop as the official Pikmin 3 site appeared to be gone. Back then, the speculation of an updated version was present, but not further built upon. A Deluxe version would entail new content, which is something that hasn't been rumored before. This could potentially mean new bingo maps, mission content or maybe even something deeper.

For what this is worth, this isn't the first time we heard about Pikmin 3 Deluxe. The new version has been in the works for a while, though a date has never been brought up. The VentureBeat report doesn't dive into this, nor the additional content that it will include.

RUMOR: An 18” Pikachu POP! figurine seems to be on the way

Make some ROOM!

Are Funko POP! figurines not big enough for you? Would you like a super-sized version to dominate your toy shelves? It looks like your wish is going to be granted.

Funko has released a few super-sized Pop! figurines in the past, including to a Batman version. Now it seems they're working on an 18” Pikachu POP! as well. Funko is yet to make an announcement on the POP!, but they should be confirming it in the near future. Expect this behemoth to clock in at roughly $100.

RUMOR: Future Press to reprint the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide due to mistakes, free replacements (UPDATE) to be offered

Print error

UPDATE - Turns out this is partially true. The issues are exclusive to the Spanish translation, and that version will be reprinted.

Those who've gotten their hands on the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide from Future Press are noticing that the guide is chock-full of mistakes. Not exactly what you want in a guide that's supposed to help you play. It seems the situation is so bad that Future Press, publisher of the book, might be offering replacements.

While the company hasn't said anything publicly, reports are coming in saying that Future Press customer service is claiming another printing of the book is on the way, and this one will have all the issues fixed. For those who snagged the first edition and want a replacement, they'll be able to get the fixed version for free. We've reached out to Future Press for further details on the situation.

Thanks to M4kk0 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Industry insider gives a tiny sliver of hope for Mass Effect and Apex Legends on Switch

The rumor mill is my favorite spot on the Citadel

I want to once again state that this is completely rumor for now. The reason we're sharing it is because it comes from Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat. Jeff has shared inside information in the past few months that turned out to be spot-on, including dates for Nintendo Directs and more.

This time around, Jeff is diving deep into EA's portfolio of upcoming games. We know that the company has multiple titles planned for Switch, but what could they be? Here's exactly what Grubb had to say in this feature. I want to stress that we have not changed any wording, as we don't want to misconstrue anything.

In his prepared remarks, Wilson spoke about plans to increase support for Switch. “And we’re also planning to deliver for more Nintendo fans ith multiple EA games set to launch on Nintendo Switch this year,” said Wilson. One of those games is Burnout Paradise Remastered. The other is likely Apex Legends — although it’s possible the publisher may have more than that.

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Oh, and that HD remaster of an EA game is the Mass Effect Trilogy. Just don’t expect that to also launch on Switch — at least not at first.

So there you go...an insider putting some detailed thoughts out there into the ether. As I said, Jeff has been spot-on in the past, but that doesn't mean he'll be correct this time around. All we can do is hang tight, see what EA reveals, and remember the results next time Mr. Grubb has something to share.

RUMOR - Retail version of Streets of Rage 4 on the way to Europe

Worth raging over

While Limited Run Games has already revealed and opened preorders for a physical version of Streets of Rage 4, it seems that another retail option is specifically in the works for Europe.

According to French journalist Joueur énervé, Europe will have the chance to snag a physical copy of Streets of Rage 4 through a Merge Games, who will most likely be doing a Signature Edition. Why hasn't Merge Games announced this yet? We hear that the announcement has been blocked until Limited Run Games' preorders are filled.

RUMOR - Concept art surfaces for cancelled Sheik/Gerudo and Boo projects from Retro Studios

Oh, what could have been...

Looks like we have the motherload of content on some rumors Retro projects that were cancelled years and years ago, all thanks to the gang at Shinesparkers.

A gallery of concept art from Sammy Hall, a former Retro pre-production artist, has just been discovered online, and it contains all sorts of interesting art and blurbs from Hall himself. First up is a cancelled Zelda spin-off title, which is a rumor we've heard floating around for years now.

The game was in the works sometime during 2005 to 2008, and it would have focused on the origin story of the Master Sword. The game would have taken place during the bad ending of Ocarina of Time, and would play as an action/JRPG where you follow the last Sheik while Dark Gerudo are attempting their 100-year birth to Ganon. According to Hall, this project never made it past pre-production.

Along with that, Hall also shared art for a cancelled Boo project, which was tossed around during 2006 to 2007. According to some of the tidbits mentioned by Hall, it seems this would have been a project for a portable, most likely the DS. The art makes references to “possession powers” and “Broomies”, alongside a sketch of what looks to be a world map.

If you want to see more concept art for the Zelda project, you can see a number of images in Hall's portfolio here.

Thanks to NintenDaan for the heads up!

Professional skateboarder Jason Dill states that a new Tony Hawk game is coming out in 2020

Considering the lax nature of Jason Dill's conversation, reporters now have suspicion to believe that a new Tony Hawk game may be set for release this year. There's currently no evidence to back up this claim, and it is currently unknown if this game would even be in development for the Nintendo Switch (though previous Tony Hawk games have been released on Nintendo platforms). For the time being, we'll just have to wait for an official announcement! And here's hoping that Jason Dill doesn't get in trouble for breaking any sort of NDA!

RUMOR - Ninjala to feature Sonic the Hedgehog collaborative content

Out of the blue

Ninjala had a bit of a rough open beta yesterday. Players had trouble getting into the game, which goes to show just how many people are excited for the title. Hopefully things get smoothed out for launch, as it looks like there's some exciting content to look forward to.

A datamine of the Ninjala open beta has lead to one truly interesting finding, which you can see above. It appears that there's a Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration on the way, which will feature some cosmetic items tied to the series. Fans can supposedly look forward to Sonic-related stickers, clothing, and masks. I guess we'll have to wait for Gung Ho and SEGA to announce this for more details!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Animal Crossing: New Horizons datamining leads to speculation of the Dream Suite returning

Is it a dream come true?

Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduced a feature called the Dream Suite, which let players upload a version of their town online. This would allow other players to come and visit towns without having to open gates and hang around during the visit. Now there's some speculation this feature could be coming back for New Horizons.

Dataminer Ninji has been poking around the Version 1.2.0 update that Animal Crossing: New Horizons received recently, and he's found some interesting tidbits. The data discovered points to packaging player data for upload/download via something titled ‘ActorNetDreamLand.’ There are also a bunch of other code additions that seem to tie into this ActorNetDreamLand.

It's not a 100% confirmation that the feature is making a return, but it's a good step in that direction. We'll just have to hang tight and see what the Big N officially announces!

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