RUMOR - Nintendo and Microsoft working on 'big things' together, plus more talk of Scalebound revival chances

Liam Robertson has become very well-known over the years for being someone who can get inside info on games. He hunts down details on cancelled projects, and keeps his ear to the ground for up-and-coming info. His most recent feature can be seen above, where he covers some recent hot topics for Nintendo fans. He also hits upon some new tidbits. Check out a summary of the video below.

- Project HAMMER and Scalebound are unlikely to come back
- Project HAMMER was a mess of a project that caused a lot of damage
- Platinum has unannounced projects and pitches
- the decision to cancel Scalebound was a mutual one between PlatinumGames and Microsoft
- one of the biggest reasons it was cancelled was the tech could not run the vision for the game
- Scalebound was a very personal project for the team
- picking it up again when many folk who worked on it have left seems against PG's studio culture
- there's a rumor that Platinum has shelved a major project recently because they couldn't staff it
- there's no reason for Microsoft to sell Scalebound as it would do damage to Microsoft
- Robertson heard Nintendo and Microsoft are working on big things together
- he doesn't think PlatinumGames has the money to buy Scalebound

RUMOR - Could Pokemon Switch news be on the way?

We just got wrapped up with a Nintendo Direct, and now the rumor mill is churning once again. This time the focus is on the world of Pokemon, and a few sources are claiming that some in on Pokemon Switch is incoming.

With a new Pokemon mainline game coming to Switch this year, it's not crazy to think that information on that game will be released soon. Promotion will have to start at some point, but when? With Pokemon Day kicking off next week, it could very well be the perfect time to drop the first official details on Pokemon Switch. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - NPD hardware sales for Jan. 2019, Switch takes #1, sees best Jan. hardware sales of this generation

Although the Jan. 2019 NPD numbers were supposed to come in today, they ended up getting delayed at the last minute. We don't know when the data will be publicly shared yet, but the insiders have once again come forward with details on hardware sales. According to those sources, here's how Jan. 2019 played out.

- 284k

- 195k

- 101k

If these numbers are true, that would mean the Switch has seen the best hardware sales for a January during this current generation. The previous record was set by the PS4 back in 2014, which sold 274k for that month.

RUMOR - Nintendo working with PlatinumGames to revive Scalebound for Switch

At one time, Scalebound was supposed to be a major AAA title that was heading to the Xbox One. Microsoft had partnered with PlatinumGames to make the game a reality, and for awhile there, things seemed to be working out just fine. Then, unfortunately, the game ended up being cancelled. There were apparently a number of issues and problems that lead to cancellation. The official announcement of cancellation came about in Jan. 2017, but now rumor has it that the game is being resurrected.

Insider info points to Nintendo and PlatinumGames teaming up to bring Scalebound back from the dead for release on Switch. We did recently hear that Nintendo was working to bring back a title that was dead, but no one expected that project would be one of Microsoft's games! Obviously none of this is confirmed until Nintendo or PlatinumGames themselves share the info, but it certainly is an enticing rumor!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Witcher 3 Switch rumor rears its head again, now with new elements

Some time ago, there was a rumor about Witcher 3 being brought over to the Switch. The rumor came side-by-side with the original rumor of Assassin's Creed III Remastered coming to the Switch as well. While it took some time, the Assassin's Creed III Remastered rumor panned out. Now there's some new evidence that points to a possible positive conclusion for the Witcher 3 rumor.

CD Projekt Red recently posted a job listing for a Software Engineer, and the listing includes mention of Switch. The listing itself is from GOG Galaxy, which is part of CD Projekt Red. If Witcher 3 isn't the game all of this is related to, we honestly have no idea what game could be in the works!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - New Sonic cartoon coming this year

Toy Fair 2019 was the place to showcase all sorts of new toys in the works, and Jakks Pacific had a huge wave of content to show off. That includes a new wave of Sonic figurines, which you see above. In the post above, which comes from toy enthusiast outlet ToyShiz, you can see that a new cartoon is mentioned in the info. The toys are indeed real and on the way, but are they really tied to a new cartoon? Is this going to be a new episode of the existing series, or something else altogether?

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Game Informer editor says Nintendo is reviving an 'officially cancelled' game, also talks about the potential for Kingdom Hearts titles on Switch

Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan has been hot-and-heavy lately with rumored Nintendo info. He recently talked about Mother 3 not making its way to the states/Europe, and now he's followed up that info with a double dose of rumored discussion. First up, he drops hints at Nintendo reviving a cancelled game.

“Let me hint at something, I guess. This is a thing that I’m going to write up at some point as soon as I get some more sources on it. But there’s a game that’s thought to be dead that Nintendo’s reviving, and it’s not one that people would expect. It was very much a title that was dead and buried – very officially cancelled.”

With the game being officially cancelled, it sounds like this project might involved a third party. Khan makes it clear that this was "very officially cancelled," and Nintendo doesn't really talk in those terms often.

Next up, Khan moves onto the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Will we ever see Sora and the gang come to Switch? Here's what Khan has to say.

- Kingdom Hearts III is looking unlikely
- the HD re-releases might be more feasible
- Nintendo and Square Enix were talking about what they could do with Kingdom Hearts III
- it was deemed unfeasible to get Kingdom Hearts III on the Switch
- the game is “very demanding” and “not necessarily you can put out without paring it down a lot”
- Khan's unsure if the remasters are “actively being worked on”
- he believes “that’s probably where they settled on it”

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Sonic the Hedgehog movie might be releasing much later in some parts of the world

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is going to release here in the states on Nov. 8th, 2019. It's normal for movies to release slightly staggered around the world, and that seems to be the case for Europe. It seems that in various European countries, the release date is anywhere from later in November to late December.

Things get even crazier the more you look through the available information. According to IMDB, the film won't release in Japan until May 23rd, 2020, and New Zealand in July 2020! Now IMDB has certainly been a source of dubious information in the past, so we're not ready to call these release dates confirmed just yet. Let's hope we get some official information these release dates soon.

RUMOR - Next Nintendo Labo release to include VR support

Let's follow-up on today's Switch VR rumors with a juicy tidbit we've heard! This comes from a very, VERY trusted source that we have a long history with. The source wishes to remain anonymous, so we won't be revealing their name.

This source tells us that the rumor of Switch getting some sort of VR support is true. More specifically, it seems that Nintendo Labo will be the first target of this VR support. We don't have details on what the kit will include or what it's called, but one would imagine it to be a collection of experiences.

Will this be a one-and-done VR experience for Switch, or the first of many? That all remains to be seen, but we can say one thing for sure. We trust our source on this matter 100%.

RUMOR - Super Mario Maker 2 might support two players

While we don't have confirmation from Nintendo on this info, it seems that Super Mario Maker 2 might include a two-player mode. As you can see in the screenshot above, there's a pair of icons above the Play button on the bottom left-hand side. One of those is Mario, and the other shows two different characters. Clicking those two icons could very well swap between one and two-player modes.

Obviously, there's also the promo art/cover for the game as well, which features Luigi alongside Mario. Why bother putting Luigi in there if he's not going to have some sort of role to play?