RUMOR - A new piece of concept art for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has surfaced

This is like a dream come true

Is your hype for Super Nintendo World already at a maximum? If so, we're sorry to do this to you. We have yet another piece of rumored concept art for the park, and it's only going to make the wait for the grand opening that much harder.

While the diorama was a great way to get a unique look at the park, this latest concept art shows the park in more detail than ever before. This really is going to be a must-visit for any Nintendo fan out there. Again, this art shows off the plans for Universal Studios Japan, and the designs for attractions in both Orlando and Hollywood will vary a bit.

Fandango claims a new trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is coming tomorrow

Our new look on the blue blur?

We've been hearing for awhile now that a new trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is right around the corner, which will give us our first look at Sonic's redesign. Apparently that trailer is coming tomorrow, as Fandango Latin America has posted up a teaser stating so. I guess we'll find out if that's true soon enough!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Morale at Game Freak at an 'all-time low'

Sad times at Game Freak

The latest episode of WayPoint Radio makes a rather bold claim about the current situation over at Game Freak, the developer behind the Pokemon series. In this episode, WayPoint’s Austin Walker claims that the morale of Game Freak employees is at an “all time low”, but he doesn't elaborate on why that is.

If morale is low, we can easily speculate as to why that is. Fans have been rallying against Pokemon Sword and Shield for quite some time now, as the decision to not include every Pokemon has not gone over well to say the very least. Obviously Game Freak's employees want to create an experience that fans will enjoy, and most Pokemon games are usually met with insane amounts of buzz before launch. That's still the case with Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it's not exactly positive buzz.

RUMOR - Yet another look at Sonic's redesign for the upcoming movie

Our third rumored look at Sonic's redesign

The leaks just keep coming for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. This would be the third look at Sonic's supposed redesign for the film, and once again, it does seem like Sonic will come out looking decent in the end. Again, this art isn't confirmed just yet, but it falls in line with the recent leaks.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Something seems to be going on with Playtonic, and rumors of a Microsoft acquisition or a new Banjo-Kazooie are swirling (UPDATE 2)

Don't tease me like this...

Playtonic just recently released Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, which was quite a hit with most critics. What's next for the company coming out of that success? Depending on how deep you like to dive into rumors, the company could have some major moves going on.

Just yesterday, we saw that former RARE dev Ed Bryan was officially brought on as an employee at Playtonic. Bryan was a character artist on Banjo-Kazooie, and eventually left RARE in 2011.

Fans noticed that Bryan tweeted out the above image/tweet on Nov. 3rd, 2019, and when someone asked him what was up with the bag, Bryan responded by saying, "It’s come out of retirement!" As you can see the Microsoft branding on the bag, this has drummed up some speculation that Playtonic and Microsoft are, at the very least, working on something.

Going a step further, Gavin Price, co-owner, studio and game director at Playtonic Games, recently added this to his Linkedin profile.

Playtonic Credits

Yooka-Laylee, Yooka-Laylee & The Impossible Lair, and in the foreseeable future that game #3, #4 and the #5 one too which is the one I always thought would be game #1.

Finally, we have the news of Playtonic registering a new company name recently. The company, PLAYTONIC GAMES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED, popped up without any explanation on Sept. 17th 2019.

There's certainly a lot of smoke building up here, but where's the fire? What could Playtonic be working on? It's clear something is up, but is speculation running too wild, or is Microsoft really bringing the band back together for a new Banjo outing?


UPDATE: We have some new details that both answer some questions, and raise new ones. First up, Ed Bryan has responded to the hubbub about his bag tweet.

Second, we have two new job listings opened at Playtonic. They are looking for an Experienced Gameplay Engineer, and an Experienced Technical Generalist. One of the listings specifically mentions the Unity engine.

Third, and most interesting, are some comments from Playtonic Community Manager Daley Johnson. He was asked for his thoughts on all the rumors swirling about, and answered with this.

Oh the secrets I know. We're back to where we were when I joined Playtonic and had a wealth of info yet to be revealed, hope you remember what it was like to be tormented and looking out for clues 😭.


UPDATE 2: Playtonic has come out to deny all of these reports.

RUMOR - Nintendo has caught the Pokemon Sword and Shield leaker

They're going to be in some BIG trouble

There's a reason why we haven't been reporting on any of the leaked Pokemon Sword and Shield news. That info was stemming from a stolen copy of Pokemon Sword and Shield, which was then distributed online. Obviously, Nintendo and Pokemon Co. haven't been too happy about the situation, but rumor has it they've finally tracked down who started their nightmare.

While we don't have information on who it was, we're hearing that Nintendo used a single profile pic to do some backwards digital detective work to hunt down the leaker, who was eventually unearthed via a Facebook profile. I can only imagine what kind of Hell awaits this leaker.

RUMOR - Another round of concept art from Universal Studios Orlando's Super Nintendo World setup has surfaced

Imagining this ride brings me tears of joy

We've been looking at a lot of construction pics for Super Nintendo World locations around the world, but now it's time to get back to something a bit more colorful. A new round of concept art for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Orlando has popped up, and the pieces come from the park artist’s personal portfolio.

The first piece of art, seen above, gives us a flat look at the horseshoe-shaped park design. As you can see, this is an all Donkey Kong affair, showing off not only the Donkey Kong mine cart ride, but the design of the surrounding area. You'll find things like a gift shop in Funky's plane, a stage show underneath Donkey Kong's hut, and more.

The second piece of concept art goes more into detail on the temple design, which is a landmark piece for this part of the park, as well as the entrance for Donkey Kong's Mine Cart Madness.

These pieces of concept art align themselves perfectly with the leaked model of the park from a number of months ago. Looks like we can consider the concept art the real deal!

Could this Smash Bros. Ultimate Mii costume leak be the real deal?

Team real or team fake?

It wouldn't be Smash Bros. without speculation and rumors, and that's just what we have here. Sometimes the rumors are spot-on, and other times they're nothing more than the fever dreams of super fans. Today, we once again find ourselves staring at yet another supposed leak. Is it real or fake? Hit the jump to see what we're talking about, and see which side of the fence you fall on.

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RUMOR: Is Terry Bogard's release for Smash Bros. Ultimate right around the corner?

Could Terry be here by Friday?

We know that Terry from Fatal Fury is coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but the question is when. Nintendo hasn't announced a release date just yet, but a recent change over on Nintendo's Spirit Board Event information page might point to a release being right around the corner.

The next Spirit Board event, which kicks off this Friday, has a list of trademarks included at the bottom of its info page. Among the trademarks is a mention of SNK. That information hasn't been present in the past, so we know it was added recently. As Terry is an SNK character, it could point to his release coming sometime within the next two days. I guess we'll find out soon enough!

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Another look at Sonic's potential redesign for the upcoming movie

Could it be?

A couple weeks back, we had a rumored first look at what Sonic's redesign would be for the upcoming Sonic movie. Now we have another piece of art for the film, and once again, it looks like the design we shared recently. If these images have been fakes, this most recent discovery has really gone above and beyond to fake things.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!


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