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New info surfaces on the rumored Mario 35th anniversary re-releases for Switch (anniversary collection, Super Mario 3D World Deluxe)

It's Mario mania for 2020

Yesterday we saw a wave of rumors come out about Nintendo's plans to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series. Those rumors included talk of re-releases and more for classic Mario games. Today we have a few more tidbits on what to expect, and how it'll be released. The info comes courtesy of VGC.

Again, this is all rumor for now, and when Nintendo was asked for confirmation, they said they don't comment on rumor or speculation.

- titles specifically mentioned as heading to Switch include Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy
- this does not mean more titles won't be included, but these are the games verified at the moment
- these will appear as part of an anniversary collection, rather than standard ports to Switch
the name being used internally for the collection is "Super Mario All-Stars 2"
- Super Mario 3D World will be getting the "Deluxe" treatment, just like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Super Mario 3D World Deluxe will include new levels, as well as other new content
- older Mario games not yet available on the Switch Online NES/SNES Collections may be added

RUMOR: A Nintendo Direct or Indie World Showcase could air as early as next week

Is it really happening?!

Everyone has been wondering where the next Nintendo Direct is. We're long overdue for one, and rumors have been floating around for awhile that one is in the works. The gang over at Venturebeat supposed has the details on what's around the corner, and they've shared the following tidbits.

- Nintendo is in the final stages of putting a Nintendo Direct together
- a Nintendo Direct or Indie World showcase could air as early as March 18th, 2020
- the next Nintendo Direct will focus on the Switch's 2020 lineup
- expect to hear about a wide variety of games, including third party support
- the Direct will also have a quick segment on Animal Crossing: New Horizons

UPDATE - Venturebeat is now saying that a Nintendo Direct is coming March 26th, and an Indie World presentation is coming March 18th, 2020.

RUMOR: Nintendo approached Disney about adding Kingdom Hearts' Sora to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but was shot down

Disney just sounds like a Sora loser

Here's a heartbreaking rumor for both Smash Bros. and Kingdom Hearts fans, and it comes from former Game Informer editor Imran Khan.

On a recent episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast, a discussion of Smash Bros. Ultimate comes up. According to Khan, Nintendo "approached Disney" about adding Sora from Kingdom Hearts to Smash Bros. Ultimate. You'd think the inclusion would be a match made in heaven, but apparently that's not the case.

While we don't have specifics on why the deal didn't go through, Khan speculates that Disney Japan was specifically responsible for blocking the character's inclusion. That's definitely a shame to hear, but hopefully Disney comes around some day.

If you want to hear the segment for yourself, you can listen in at the 26:50 mark below. The discussion goes on until about the 29 minute mark.

RUMOR - Animal Crossing: New Horizons won't allow user/save data to be transferred to another Switch

You can check in, but you can't check out...

Whatever Switch you start Animal Crossing: New Horizons on better be the one you plan to keep with you from here on out. While we don't have the official English translation, the back of the box from the German release does seem to indicate that you will not be able to transfer save data or user data to another platform. This might make it a bit tough to decide which Switch to play on!

RUMOR: Nintendo was considering releasing a demo for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Never to be released

Dataminers have discovered something interesting hiding on the backend of the Switch eShop. It appears that Nintendo was considering the release of a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild demo at some point.

Apparently a demo for the game was uploaded on Jan. 30th, 2018. The demo takes up 270 MB and sits at version 1.5.0. As you know, Nintendo never made it public. That could certainly change at some time, but one would think they'd update the demo before releasing it. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

The official website for Pikmin 3 has disappeared

Couldn't have picked a better time

There have been rumors swirling about Pikmin 3 getting a port from Wii U to Switch, and today we get a bit more fuel for the rumor fire. The official website for Pikmin 3 has up and vanished. If you try to visit the site today, you'll get redirected to the Nintendo.com listing for Pikmin 3.

Why did the official site disappear after all these years? It seems a little too coincidental that the site was yanked now while all the rumors of a port are flying about. Let's hope this does indeed point to a port of Pikmin 3 to Switch. More Pikmin is never a bad thing!

IGN may have offered up a hint on one of the two rumored Wii U ports to Switch

What do you think?

Let's play a little bit of catch-up here, shall we? Longtime rumor supplier Emily Rogers recently hinted at two more Wii U ports lined up for the Switch. No specifics were given on those games, and obviously Nintendo isn't talking about this in any way, shape, or form.

On the most recent episode of the IGN NVC podcast, Peer Schneider talks about those rumored ports, and gives a bit more detail about one of the games in particular. You can check out the discussion at 1:01:07 above, or read the blurb below.

The secret Wii U ports that are being discussed...one of them is a 9 out of 10 for me, and one of them is more of a 6 out of 10. ...I really liked what Nintendo did with their take on real-time strategy games.

It certainly seems like Peer is not only confirming Rogers' rumor, but going further by providing the genre for one game. I don't know about you, but an RTS from Nintendo that was on the Wii U certainly sounds like Pikmin 3 to me. Do you have any other guesses?

RUMOR - Overwatch 2 potentially releasing in 2020

PlayStation might have leaked some information

Overwatch 2 was announced last year by Blizzard Entertainment to critical anticipation. No release date has officially been given, but thanks to a leak from PlayStation, we might be able to expect the sequel sometime later this year. The official Brazilian PlayStation Twitter account tweeted about the game on January 6th, 2020, revealing that the FPS would be coming to PS4 in 2020. The post was quickly deleted for unknown reasons. It's possible it could simply be an error on Sony's part, but it also could also be information that was dropped just a little too early. Overwatch 2 is confirmed to be coming to Nintendo Switch, but we'll have to wait and see if it launches alongside the PlayStation version, if the leak is even factual.

RUMOR - Switch revamp on the way this year with a better CPU and magnesium alloy body

A rumor for the new year

Here we are at the start of 2020 and we already have our first big rumor of the year. The Digitimes supposedly has inside information on a Switch revamp that is set to launch this year. Their sources claim that a Switch with a better CPU and magnesium alloy body will see release sometime in mid-2020.

This rumor goes hand-in-hand with the original rumor of two different versions of the Switch being in the works. We saw one of those come true with the Switch Lite, so this second release would be the beefed-up Switch that speculation has been swirling around ever since. All we can do now is sit back and see how the rumor plays out!

RUMOR - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 datamine potentially reveals upcoming content

A marvelous leak!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is confirmed to have DLC in development, and thanks to a datamine, we might have an idea of what's to come in the future. Datamining isn't always a foolproof way of leaking content, but this one has some recently found evidence to back it up. One of the details found in the datamine perfectly lines up with a now deleted image that was listed on Marvel's website. 7 specific costumes were slated for release on December 23rd, but 7 completely different ones ended up being released for some unknown reason. The initial lineup is featured in the datamine. Check out what was found below, including the findings pointing to new story content!

– Beast, Professor X and Dark Phoenix mention several team bonsues, including “Inhumans”, which doesn’t currently exist.
– Medusa has a new voice clip added (possibly select sound). These, to me, signal we may get a playable Medusa and Black Bolt to round out an Inhumans team.
– Spoken NPC dialogue indicates new Story. The Negative Zone and Doomstadt are explicitly named.
– Negative Zone mentioned to be very cold by Iceman and that it doesn’t bother him.
– Doomstadt seems to be in trouble, possibly has vampires. Cable mentions not having enough gear to take on a Celestial, so I think it might involve Galactus.
– At one point Cable calls out Annihilus by name and says he’ll squash the future he causes. Annihilus is usually the leader of the Negative Zone, so it seems he’ll be the boss there.
– New costumes coming: Gwenom, Anti-Venom, Mile Morales hood + vest (in costume), Ms Marvel lightning t-shirt + scarf

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