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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!

RUMOR of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy coming to Switch pops up again, as well as a brand-new Crash game

Here we go again, boys and girls. Round two on this rumor, but this time around we have some more substantial evidence.

Max Arguile, Licensing Manager of GB Eye, a licensed merchandising company in Europe, has an interview in the latest "Licensing Source Book Europe" from DHX Brands. In the interview, Arguile flat-out says that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is coming to Switch in 2018, and also makes mention of a brand-new Crash game in 2019.

Link to the full interview (page 97)

I mean it doesn't get anymore cut and dry than that. No mincing of words or anything like that. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy coming to Switch, and another new game in 2019. As a fan of Crash from day one, I'm certainly down with all of this!

Thanks to ContraNetwork for the heads up!

RUMOR - Sumo Digital working on a new racing game (UPDATE)


Sumo Digital, a company who previously worked on Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed may be working on another racing game. Images of a recent Sumo Digital slideshow presentation have leaked online, and among them was the following slide:


The slide is relatively vague, but if it holds any merit, it could mean that Sumo Digital may be working on another racing game. If this is the case, the game would likely be released for the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, with the success of the previous two Sonic kart racers, it would not be unlikely for Sumo Digital to be working on a third installment in the series. Either way, we hope to hear an official announcement from Sumo Digital regarding this "top secret unannounced karting game" soon!

UPDATE - SEGA has stepped in to say that a new Sonic racing game is not in the works.

RUMOR - Nvidia Shield version of Zelda: Twilight Princess is handled through emulation

It seems like every month, there's another new tidbit about the GameCube games available on the Nvidia Shield. Today the saga continues, with an interesting tidbit about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Those more technically inclined than I have taken a look behind-the-scenes on the Shield version of Twilight Princess, only to discover that the game is being emulated. Why is this a point worth bringing up? It would indicate that Nintendo has a working GameCube emulator for the Shield. It's not too far of a logic jump to think that they could bring that to other platforms like the Switch.

Of course, that's all just speculation for now. Many people are hoping Nintendo brings GameCube games to the Switch. While we wait for any official news on that, this tidbit at least gives a glimmer of hope.

RUMOR - David Wise working on a Nintendo project

David Wise is a game composer many a Nintendo fan is familiar with. Mr. Wise provided music for games like the Donkey Kong Country series, StarFox Adventures, and more recently, Yooka-Laylee. What could Mr. Wise be up to next? Rumor has it that he's working on a project related to Nintendo.

David did music for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, so it might be possible that he's doing more music for the Switch release. With the inclusion of a playable Funky Kong, Nintendo might need Wise to put together a few more tunes. That's just speculation on our part, though.

RUMOR - French retailer lists Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony for Switch

We have yet another rumored listing from a retailer about a potential release for Switch. Rumor has it that Micromania posted up a listing for Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony on Switch, but that listing isn't anywhere to be found on the website right now. They even had a July 20th, 2018 release date tied to it. Either Micromania leaked a bit of inside info, or this listing was bogus to begin with.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!