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Nintendo has been in the mobile game market for a while now and has released several games, with more on the way. According to the Wall Street Journal, one of Nintendo’s next mobile games will be one based on The Legend of Zelda. Supposedly, “people familiar with the matter” said that a Zelda mobile game would be released sometime after the Animal Crossing mobile game, which is apparently being released in the latter half of 2017, although the release timing and release order could still change. Neither Nintendo nor DeNA commented on the matter.

That’s not all, though – according to the Wall Street Journal, The Pokemon Company is planning to release a new Pokemon Trading Card Game app on mobile devices. This is peculiar since a Pokemon TCG app already exists and can be played on mobile games – Pokemon TCG Online has been around for a while and is still supported to this day.

As always, takes rumors like this with a grain of salt. While the WSJ is usually fairly reliable when it comes to their sources and a Zelda mobile game isn’t exactly a far-fetched idea, this is far from an official confirmation. Thankfully, E3 is right around the corner, so we might hear more about either of these rumored games in a couple of weeks.

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Some concerns are being raised regarding the overseas release of the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. Amazon UK is cancelling pre-orders that had been previously been placed. In an email to customers, the retailer states: “Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available.”

Over on Amazon US, the listing for Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia has been pulled. However, it’s still up on Amazon CanadaAmazon Germany, and Amazon France.

The Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia is supposedly planned for June 15 outside of Japan. We should be finding out pretty soon if that date is still on track.

Thanks to Stuart S for the tip.

One Switch game rumor that has persisted for months is a new crossover between Mario and Ubisoft’s Rabbids. Kotaku has a follow up on the project today.

Kotaku writes that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be on Switch this August or September. It’s being developed by Ubisoft with the company’s Snowdrop engine.

Based on Kotaku’s report, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle features turn-based combat, two-player local co-op, and a “goofy sense of humor.” Playable characters include Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and, four Rabbids dressed up as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Peach.

Kotaku writes about having gotten a look at a particular piece of art that “features Mario and crew wielding guns that shoot laser beams.” We can confirm having seen this as well, and it looks pretty ridiculous – yet amazing.

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We have another small update on the rumored 3DS version of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Over the past few days, it’s been going by the name “Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX”. However, that wasn’t the final title apparently.

The 3DS release now appears to be going by Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions. That’s based on data scooped up from the 3DS eShop server. The “Bowser’s Minions” part should explain the presence of a Goomba spotted in the game’s icon.

We’ve been categorizing these posts as rumors to be on the safe side, but many are expecting an announcement at this point. Nintendo may have something to say about it at E3 in June.

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The official BitSummit website has seemingly confirmed two new games for Switch. According to the pair of listings, Earth Atlantis and Dusty Raging Fist are both on the way.

Here’s an overview of the first title:

“Earth Atlantis is an ‘Open-World’ retro-style side-scrolling shooter with an original ‘Monster-Hunting’ gameplay. The mission is to search and hunt down more than 15 dreadful sea monsters and explore the post-apocalyptic underwater world.

The game is also presented in a very unique and artistic ‘old sketching’ visual style. We want to create the look of an ‘old explorer sketchbook’ to express the essence of the 14 century’s ocean exploration when the sea was considered a dangerous place and full of monsters.”

And Dusty Raging Fist:

If you’ve been reading the site for awhile, Dusty Raging Fist may sound familiar. We first heard about it in 2013 as a Wii U game. It’s still in development, and it looks like it’s transitioned to Switch.

We’re marking this post as a rumor as BitSummit’s site isn’t entirely accurate. Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako! is listed for Wii U, but we confirm that it’s no longer coming to that system. We’ll have a tiny bit more on that game (and a ton of additional indies) later this month.

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A couple of days ago, apparent news leaked out about Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX. Data for the game was said to be found sitting on the 3DS eShop through some nontraditional means.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX is starting to look even more likely, as SciresM – who claimed to have found the data initially – now says he’s located the game’s icon as well. Here’s a rough look:


At this point, I’d be pretty surprised if Nintendo didn’t end up announcing this game. News at E3 would be expected.

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Amazon may have more Switch stock in the near future. In a customer support chat exchange sent in by reader RobinWithN, the representative noted that new stock will be showing up “from the first week of May.” Regular consumers and Prime members will apprently be able to place orders. Of course, we do have to take this with a grain of salt as it doesn’t come from an official Amazon announcement, so keep that in mind.

Various retailers have been gradually restocking Switch over the past few weeks. However, Amazon hasn’t really had any units available in about a month. Based on today’s information, hopefully that will be changing soon.

Thanks to RobinWithN for the tip.

If a new report from Eurogamer is to be believed, Nintendo will be following up on the NES Classic Edition / NES Mini with a new product. This year, the site claims that the SNES Mini will be launching.

Eurogamer’s article doesn’t have much in the way of details. However, the site says the hardware is “a major reason why last year’s NES mini did not see a reprieve from discontinuation”.

If Eurogamer is to be believed, the SNES Mini will be ready by Christmas.

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Much has been made of Rime’s price on Switch. Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay $10 / £10 extra for the game on Nintendo’s console in comparison to other versions of the game.

So what’s going on here? Well, Eurogamer reports that it comes down to how “the cost of manufacturing a Nintendo Switch game is higher than the cost of making a PS4, PC or Xbox One game, because the cartridges the Switch uses cost more to make than Blu-ray discs.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must-have game on Switch. If there’s one thing to criticize though, it’d be the game’s technical performance. Specifically, Breath of the Wild sometimes experiences frame rate drops. Some players have even experienced the screen freezing for a second or two.

Zelda isn’t actually the only game with frame rate issues. FAST RMX and I Am Setsuna both have problems with resolution drops and frame rate fluctuations respectively. However, an anonymous third-party developer has told Nintendo Life that the situation is resulting from a known issue with Switch’s Wi-Fi connection which places additional load on the processor.

One of the site’s readers, JunkRabbit, also provides the following explanation:

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