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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.

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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!

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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.

RUMOR - Is this a tease of Fortnite getting another Avengers tie-in?

Looks like dataminers might have been right


As we've already shared, dataminers combing through Fortnite recently found some data pointing to Thanos' return to the game. There was a limited-time mode where players could transform into Thanos and wreak havoc, and many are hoping that the content found by dataminers signals another event to tie in with Avengers: Endgame. Now we have a tweet that could certainly be a tease of that content.

The tweet above comes from Donald Mustard, Worldwide Creative Director at Epic. Mr. Mustard is clearly referencing Fortnite here, as Robert Downey Jr. is wearing a Fortnite shirt in the pic. You also know that Mr. Mustard has to be well-aware that fans are already talking about a Thanos return in the game. Even Geoff Keighley of the Video Game Awards' fame replied to the tweet with a pair of investigative emoji, so it seems he believes something to be up as well.

RUMOR: Mortal Kombat 11 retail release delayed to May 10th, 2019 in the UK, digital still launches April 23rd, 2019

Say, delay, and walk away

Remember back when there was worry about Mortal Kombat 11 on Switch not making the April 23rd, 2019 release date of the other versions? That rumor has reared its ugly head again, but it's not as bad this time around.

Warner Bros. UK has supposedly confirmed that Mortal Kombat 11's Switch retail release is indeed delayed in the UK. It won't see launch until May 10th, 2019. The good news is that the eShop version will launch on April 23rd, 2019. Not an idea situation, but at least both versions aren't delayed.

We don't know if this delay is just for the UK, or other parts of Europe as well. As for any delay in the states, we haven't heard word on that either.