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Famitsu review scores for Oct. 23rd, 2019

Mario & Sonic beat Luigi?!

In a real shocker, Famitsu has chosen Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games over Luigi's Mansion 3 as the top-rated game for the week. I'd have to say I wholeheartedly disagree with that, even though I'm enjoying both games. Anyway, check out what other games scored in this week's issue below.

The Church in the Darkness (PS4, Switch) – 8/6/7/6 [27/40]
Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition (PS4, Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Etherborn (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]
Ghost Blade HD (Switch) – 7/7/6/7 [27/40]
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 9/8/8/8 [33/40]
Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Switch) – 9/8/8/9 [34/40]
Model Debut #nicola (Switch) – 7/7/8/7 [29/40]

RUMOR - Two classic stages coming to Mortal Kombat 11

Klassics inkoming?

Mortal Kombat 11 is no strangers to leaks. A ton of content has been leaked for the game since day one, including new characters, costumes, and more. The latest leak from dataminers points to the return of two classic stages, Dead Pool and The Soul Chamber. Both of these stages are referenced by the announcers via in-game audio, which could point to their impending release, or cut from development. We'll just have to hang tight and see what else surfaces from here on out.

Bakutsuri Hunters hits Switch in Japan on Dec. 7th, 2019, demo on the way

Fish on!

Bandai Namco has announced that Bakutsuri Hunters will launch for Switch in Japan on December 7th, 2019. A download code demo will be included in the December 2019 issue of Monthly CoroCoro Comic. Check out a recap on what Bakutsuri Hunters has to offer below.

Bakutsuri Giga Rod (4,800 yen)

The “Bakutsuri Giga Rod” from Bakutsuri Bar Hunter. Set the Bakutsuri Giga Rod to your Switch to catch big game fish with reel and gyro action. Go on an adventure with your friendsin Story Mode. Also, you can obtain new fishing spots through Wi-Fi connectivity. (To play on Switch Lite, you must have a separate Joy-Con (R).)

This set includes:

- Bakutsuri Giga Rod peripheral
- User Manual
- Bakutsuri Giga Reel
- Download code for Bakutsuri Hunters for Switch
- Bakutsuri Giga Lures (450 yen each)

By reading the scale code of a Bakutsuri Giga Lure with the separately sold Bakutsuri Giga Rod, that Lure will appear for use in the game.

Giga Shark X – Allows you to lure in Giga Fish at medium depth. Deep sea-type fish will take this bait. Includes a fishing spot card that grants you the “Palace of the Dragon King” fishing spot.

Giga Whale X – Allows you to lure in Giga Fish at a deep level. Normal-type fish will take this bait. Includes a fishing spot card that grants you the “Absolute Zero Volcano” fishing spot.

Giga Swordfish X – Allows you to lure in Giga Fish at surface level. Other-type fish will take this bait. Includes a fishing spot card that grants you the “Vortex Lake of the Departed” fishing spot.

Giga Shrimp X – Allows you to lure in Giga Fish at medium depth. Invertebrate-type fish will take this bait. Includes a fishing spot card that grants you the “Coiling Rapids” fishing spot.

Bakutsuri Giga Rod DX Set (6,300 yen)

This set includes:

- Bakutsuri Giga Rod peripheral
- User Manual
- Bakutsuri Giga Reel
- Bakutsuri Giga Lure x4
- Fishing Spot Card x4
- Download code for Bakutsuri Hunters for Switch

RUMOR - First look at the Sonic redesign for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie leaked

Blue blur 2.0?

Could this be the first look at Sonic's redesign in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie? We're not quite sure, as the source supposedly comes from someone at Paramount, but that's not confirmed at the time. If this is indeed real, it does show a version of Sonic that a lot more fans will feel good supporting.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - A Switch Pro Controller revision might have been quietly launched

Is it any different?

Something interesting has popped up over at Best Buy. Apparently there's a new Switch Pro Controller out in the wild, at least as far as the version number goes. The previous Switch Pro Controller was labeled 104889D, and the one just spotted is marked 104889E. Does this mean there are any changes inside? We won't know until someone picks one up and does a teardown, which I'm sure will pop up in a day or two.

RUMOR - Bowser's theme from New Super Mario Bros. Wii found in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

This goes a little deeper than just inspiration

PopCap stole from Nintendo haha from r/PvZGardenWarfare

This random post over on Reddit lead to me putting in a lot more research than I expected to! It all started with a Redditor who shared the video above. It supposedly shows that the Bowser theme from New Super Mario Bros. Wii is found in the files for Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. As you can see in the clip, the exact song ripped straight from NSMBW is supposedly in the game's data, but you don't hear it in the game itself. This is what lead me to do a bit more research.

Based on the file where the song is located, I did some snooping for the Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville soundtrack. I came up with the song above, which is "Dreadwood's Theme." Now let's compare that to the NSMBW theme for Bowser.

There's no doubt some major inspiration was taken from the NSMBW theme. It's almost like the composer just went along with what Nintendo did, changed things up a tad, and called it a day.

Furthermore, people in the comments of the Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville soundtrack upload on YouTube have made the connection between the two songs, stating that they sound very similar. This is independent of the Redditor who shared his findings.

With all this sussed out, I'd think the composer on Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville played things a bit too closely to his inspiration, and then forgot to cover up his tracks...literally!

RUMOR: Pokemon GO dataminers find evidence of an event that can only be accessed with a paid Event Ticket

Ready to cough up some cash?

As usual, when a new update for Pokemon GO rolls out, dataminers dive in to see what they can dig up. This time around, something has been found that's causing a bit of concern.

It all starts with an event called "A Colossal Discovery," which is most likely linked to the Mythical Pokemon Regigigas. As the data stands now, this event can only be accessed by using an event ticket, which is a a separate item. That lead players to discover an Event Ticket item on Pokemon Go's App Store that's listed for $7.99.

As you can probably guess, people are worried that Niantic is going to start offering premium experiences that can only be accessed by paying. Let's hope that's not the case, and there will be some other way to get in on these events. Perhaps paying will get you in early, but the event will eventually open up to everyone.

Fortnite updated to Version 10.40.1, patch notes available

Full patch notes have been released for the Fortnite 10.40.1 update. Check out the EpicGames website for information on the upcoming 'Out of Time' mission beginning on October 8th, gameplay changes, performance updates, bug fixes and more!

Full patch notes here!

RUMOR: New FCC filing may point to a Switch Lite revision in the works (UPDATE)

Already?!

UPDATE - Word has come in that the FFC identification number BKEHDH002 actually matches that of the Switch Lite developer kits. Taking things a step further, the FCC filing categorizes the hardware as EUT, which means it's "for software development and events." Long story short, this is meant for devs only, and does not indicate a new Switch Lite revision. You can check out the original story below.

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The Switch Lite came out on Sept. 20th, 2019, but it might not be the new kid on the block very long. A new FCC filing from Nintendo shows that a revision might be in the works. Here's what we know as of right now.

- Nintendo filed new FCC docs on Monday
- the new model has been given the FCC identification number BKEHDH002
- the earlier model was submitted with the ID number BKEHDH001

As for the rest of the FCC document, it seems pretty much the same as the original one for Switch Lite. Obviously this FCC filing isn't the full picture, but hopefully we can get some more info on this situation soon.

RUMOR: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order to get at least 9 more DLC characters

Who will be included?

We know that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is getting three DLC packs, the first of which is available now. Who else is coming in those other packs? That's what we're waiting to find out, but with the addition of the first DLC pack, we may have an idea as to how many characters are coming.

The addition of the Marvel Knights DLC, a new row of character icons has been added. That row includes 13 slots altogether. 4 of those slots are taken up by the Marvel Knights, and then after that comes X-Men and Fantastic 4. Seeing as how X-Men and Fantastic 4 DLC will most likely include 4 characters, that includes one separate character as DLC. Altogether, so long as the slots equal out to the DLC coming, that means we have 9 characters to look forward to.

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