RUMOR - Diablo III likely coming to Nintendo Switch

Previously, the official Blizzard Twitter account Tweeted out a promo video that left some fans curious about Diablo III. Some fans asked if this video could mean that the game was coming to the Nintendo Switch. In response, a representative from Blizzard stated the following:

We cannot confirm this rumour. As of now, we do not have any current plans to announce Diablo for Switch. This tweet was meant to be a fun engagement piece. We do not have any plans to announce Diablo for Switch.

As a follow-up to all of this, an insider at Blizzard allegedly informed Eurogamer that the game IS in production for the Switch. The insider also claimed that the official reveal for this announcement would be a few months off from now. So, if this all turns out to be true, then Blizzard should have some OFFICIAL and exciting news just a few months down the line. But for the time being, this is only a rumor, so this information should only be taken lightly.

RUMOR - Bandai Namco not the lead dev on Metroid Prime 4

The gang over at Easy Allies has some supposed inside info on Metroid Prime 4, and it ties into the recent discussion of Bandai Namco's involvement with the game. While that was never confirmed, many people believed that a listing on LinkedIn mentioning a first person adventure for Switch was actually Metroid Prime 4. According to the Easy Allies clip above (24 minute mark), Bandai Namco isn't the lead dev on the project, and is instead a supporting role. Last we heard from Nintendo, Metroid Prime 4 was going to be created by an internal team.

RUMOR - Datamining finds new batch of hint art in Super Mario Odyssey's latest update

When Version 1.2.0 came out for Super Mario Odyssey, dataminers started pouring through the content to find anything pointing to future updates. The results of that have been showcased above. Rumor has it that these 20 pieces of hint art were included in the update, but we have no idea why they were included. If they are indeed legit, it seems like there might be some more moons coming to the game at a later date.

RUMOR - Is this a real copy of Hong Kong 97 for the Super Famicom?

I had no idea I'd be talking about Hong Kong 97 so much this month. First we have an interview with the man behind the game's creation, and now we have a rumor of a physical copy?! If you don't know, a physical copy of Hong Kong 97 is pretty much unheard of. I haven't seen anyone claim ownership in all my years of running GN, but here we have someone claiming that this is the real deal. I'm not in any place to discern whether this is legit or not, but I can say that it'd be a huge deal if its proven real.

Thanks to Dan for the heads up!

RUMOR - Naruto: Ultimate Storm Trilogy heading to Switch (UPDATE)

UPDATE - This rumor has been confirmed!

The gang over at ShonenGamez, who I would imagine to be in-the-know when it comes to Naruto, have heard from a trusted source that Naruto: Ultimate Storm Trilogy is soon to be revealed for the Switch. They don't share any other details than that, so I guess we'll just have to sit back and see what happens!

A second toy maker points to another Sonic racing game in the works

Not that long ago, toy maker Zappies claimed they were working on toys for an upcoming Sonic racing game. This was after a rumor of a Sonic racing game came out, but SEGA specifically said another Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed wasn't in the works. SEGA's comment leaves room for them be working on another Sonic racing title, but something outside of the Sonic and All-Stars universe.

Today the rumor grows, with comment from Diamond Select Toys at the New York Toy Fair. A representative for the company revealed some details on an upcoming line of Sonic merch, and had this to say when asked for more info.

“There are some minifigures […] some come with diorama pieces you’re going to build a race track from the game…“

There you go, yet another mention of a Sonic racing game. Now this could be related to an older Sonic game, but it seems more likely that Diamond Select Toys is working on toys for a new game, just as Zappies claimed.

RUMOR - Are plans changing for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Florida?

Last we heard, it was expected that Super Nintendo World construction at Universal Studios Florida was going to begin before the end of 2017 in the KidZone area. The thing is, nothing has happened since the permits were filed. Is it time to worry about the project? While we don't have official details, inside sources claim the attraction is now set to be part of Universal Orlando’s rumored third theme park. The best news is, if anything, this move would mean an even bigger presence for Nintendo at the park.

RUMOR - New certification from Nintendo leads to Switch revision speculation

UPDATE - According to prior certification listings, it seems HAT-001 might be the model number for the already-existing SDEV devkit, not an indicator of a Switch revision in development. Thanks to Mariostarn for the heads up!

Everyone knows Nintendo loves to revise their portable systems. Usually they revamp their portables with new colors and features as the years roll on. Could we see the same thing happen with the Switch? Some think a registration filed by Nintendo points to that happening down the road.

Just today, Nintendo has registered "HAT-001". What the hell does that mean? Let's take a look at some other filings to see what they mean.

Nintendo registered HAT-002 a long time ago, which is the portable development version of the Switch that resembles the design we currently have. Typically Nintendo uses 001 to signify a consumer console, as was used for DS, 3DS and Wii U. The current retail version of the Switch is HAC-001, and the cradle is HAC-007.

In other words, the registering of HAT-001 could indicate some sort of revision for the Switch set to release to the public. There are certainly things in Nintendo's past that would point to that happening, but this is all just speculation for now.

Also worth mentioning, Nintendo registered HAT-003 as well. This is the cradle development version of the Switch.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Metroid Prime 4 being moved to Bandai Namco Japan's studio, Singapore studio to work on another Switch game

Let's have a quick rundown of hte situation, shall we? A LinkedIn profile for a Bandai Namco Singapore developer stated that he was working on an exclusive first person shooter/adventure for Switch. Many believed this to be a reference to Metroid Prime 4. Eurogamer followed up with their own information, stating that they've also heard from other sources that Metroid Prime 4 is being handled by Bandai Namco. Okay, now let's get to the new tidbit of info!

Eurogamer has updated their article with a bit more news on the Metroid Prime 4 rumor. They say that Bandai Namco Singapore was indeed working on Metroid Pirme 4, but now the game is being moved over to Bandai Namco's studio in Japan. This is so the Singapore studio can work on another title for Switch, but no details on that game were given.

Lots of speculation and inside info, but nothing official. Still, it's quite a bit of fun to speculate!

Toy maker says another Sonic racing game is coming out this year

Oh boy, here we go. Now we've got a really interesting back-and-forth happening. Here's a quick refresher for everyone who hasn't been keeping up.

A couple weeks back, rumors of Sumo Digital working on another racing game popped up. The info came from a supposed presentation Sumo Digital gave, and included slides that referenced the "unannounced karting game." People started speculation that Sumo Digital was returning for another spin with Sonic and the gang soon after. On the very same day the rumor broke, SEGA's Aaron Webber stepped in and flat-out said another Sonic & All-Stars Racing game wasn't happening.

I thought the convo was dead in the water after that, but now we have something new that makes the situation even more confusing. Zappies is a company which has made multiple Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed toys back in the day. The Zappies gang was at the Spielwarenmesse toy fair, and they had their previous Sonic & All Stars Racing products on shelves for display. Why is that, you ask? The company flat out said that another Sonic racing game is coming this year, and they're making toys of it, but can't show them yet.

Now I honestly don't know what to believe. Is SEGA the one lying about this? Were the Sumo Digital slides faked? Is the Zappies story bogus? Someone is fibbing here, and in due time, we'll find out who!