RUMOR - Metroid Prime Trilogy HD and Super Metroid remake in the works for Switch

This "rumor" may have no real evidence to back it up, but this isn't the first time that a similar rumor has surfaced as well. This particular "leaker" has been correct about previous Nintendo Direct leaks, hence why this rumor has gained any traction at all. But of course, nothing is confirmed until Nintendo makes a statement regarding these games themselves.

RUMOR - Images surface of Sonic's test design from before the original trailer

Shaggy Sonic

We had the silhouette, then we had supposed leaks, and then the first trailer. It was that trailer that broke the internet for all the wrong reasons, and then finally we got the trailer featuring Sonic's redesign. Now let's take a step back to before we even saw the first trailer, with a test design of Sonic that eventually lead to the original trailer.

This design seems to be a combination of all sorts of elements, some not so bad, and others more in line with the design from the first trailer. Without a doubt, Sonic is a lot shaggier in these pics!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Paramount spent $35 million reworking the Sonic the Hedgehog movie (UPDATE)

Not exactly chump change

The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer pretty much lead to an internet meltdown, and not in a good way. People were horrifed by the design that was being used, and the backlash was loud and swift. Surprisingly, Paramount actually listened and pushed the film back to rework Sonic's design.

The film is now due out Valentine's Day, and the redesign of Sonic has gone over extremely well. Of course, all that comes at a cost. While the animators involved certainly have to work overtime, we're hearing that Paramount actually spent another $35 million getting things together. That pushed the budget for the movie from 90 million to 125 million.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

UPDATE - We have a second report on the redesign, which gives a different figure. According to a source close to the product says that the character redesign cost Paramount less than $5 million. This was because most of the film's VFX work wasn't done, and what was seen in the trailer was among the few 'final' scenes that were done. With that said, there's still a lot of marketing costs involved with the redesign as well, which could account for the rest of the money quoted in the original report. Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Brain Age: Switch Training may not see retail release in North America

A real head-scratcher

Brain Age: Switch Training has been announced for Europe and Japan, but we haven't heard a peep from the American side of things. While we wait for official word, inside information points to a bit of disappointing news. Numerous sources from inside the retail supply chain are supposedly saying that a physical release here in the states just isn't in the cards. We'll have to deal with a digital-only launch at some point down the road.

That is extra annoying, as Nintendo is doing a great bundle with the game and a stylus in other regions. I guess if you want that fancy package, you'll have to import.

RUMOR - Pokemon Sword and Shield glitch causing corrupted microSD cards

Now that's a real issue

Nintendo and Pokemon Co. could be in for a huge headache with the digital release for Pokemon Sword and Shield. It seems that some users are experiencing a rather nasty issue that ends up corrupting microSD card data. Save files are stored on the Switch itself, so your progress in all games will be fine. That said, it seems the corrupted microSD cards might need to be wiped, and you'll have to redownload all games.

While not specific enough to track just yet, it seems Pokemon Sword and Shield crashing is causing this issue. In other words, any crash you encounter could end up causing this problem. It would be a nightmare if save files were lost, but even without that being the case, this is a pretty cumbersome issue.

RUMOR - A version of the SonarPen is coming to Switch

Another high-quality accessory incoming?

A lot of people grabbed a stylus to get some building done on Super Mario Maker 2 on Switch, and Nintendo even provided their own stylus in some regions. There are plenty of third party options as well, but rumor has it one company is going above and beyond with a very special type of pen.

We're hearing that a special version of the SonarPen, a battery-less and pressure sensitive smart pen, is going to release for Switch. The SonarPen is usually used alongside art programs for digital doodling and more. Hearing that a SonarPen is coming to Switch certainly matches up nicely with rumors of the Colors! series coming to Switch as well. The two would make for a perfect combination!

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 - Nintendo has been waiting to release The Stretchers for quite some time

That's a stretch

The Stretchers was a surprise release for the Switch last week, having been announced and launched all within 24 hours. Obviously the release wasn't a surprise to Nintendo, as they created the game! That said, it seems like Nintendo might have been waiting a decent amount of time to release the game.

Dataminer SimonTime went snooping around the backend of the Switch eShop, and found out that the game's first upload was all the way back on May 29th, 2019! Whether that upload was the finished game or just a dummy file is unclear, but it's surprising to see just how far back the game's first appearance on the eShop was!

RUMOR - A third party manufacturer may have tried to create their own Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con

Ring-Con job

Numerous third party accessory and peripheral manufacturers create controllers and more for Switch. Some of the products are great, and others aren't so hot. It's always a crap shoot with third party efforts, but in some instances, your only option is the first party outing.

That's the case with the Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con, which is only made by Nintendo. Rumor has it that a Chinese manufacturer was trying to make their own Ring-Con controller. We're not sure if they planned on selling as a legit replacement or a knock-off, but either way, it seems the project isn't moving forward. Apparently the manufacturer involved with actually replicating the Ring-Con failed in their efforts, and the project was scrapped.


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