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Update 2 (1/12): Bumped to the top. Here are some related comments from GameXplain’s Derrick Bitner:




Update: Here’s the full stream archive for those that are interested in checking out more footage:


Original (2/10): For its overseas version, Fire Emblem Fates appears to have removed some swimsuits. GameSpot hosted a live stream of the English release earlier today which shows that only the Bath Towel can be purchased from the Accessory Shop in the body section. Meanwhile, the Japanese version featured several more such as the “Risque Swimsuit” (level 1 at the shop just like the Bath Towel).

This doesn’t seem to be a matter of GameSpot being early on in Fire Emblem Fates. Now, it’s true that we have seen footage of some characters in swimsuits via English gameplay, but that may have just been what was offered as the default option. We’ll still consider this a rumor for the time being until the situation is absolutely clarified.

Thanks to Brian for the tip.

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Some rumors regarding Star Fox Zero’s development have been floating around the internet lately, but since there was no credible source attached, we haven’t reported on them. This has now changed since Liam Robertson has weighed in on the rumors – he has an excellent track record and has proven to be a reliable source, making these rumors a lot more credible. Furthermore, Nintendo Life has followed up with Robertson and got some additional confirmation and comments from him.

It seems that Star Fox Zero’s motion controls are causing some issues and might lead to the game not passing Nintendo of Europe’s Quality Assurance check. Robertson says that the Nintendo of Europe QA team is “concerned” about players’ reactions to the game’s fairly unusual and complex Gamepad motion controls. He also revealed to Nintendo Life that the team who was in charge of Mario Kart 8’s fairly unpopular Battle Mode (which didn’t feature dedicated courses, but rather took place on the regular race tracks) is in charge of Star Fox Zero’s multiplayer.  According to Robertson’s sources, the whole project feels “disjointed”. Because of these issues, another release date delay is supposedly possible.

As always, take rumors like this with a grain of salt, even though we’re dealing with a reputable source here. Either way, we should hopefully hear official news about the game soon. Right now, it’s still scheduled to be released in April – if Nintendo decides to stick to that release date, they will likely start promoting the game soon. If a delay does indeed happen, it would also be in Nintendo’s best interest to announce it as early as possible. We will keep you posted.

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Update: Emily is backing away from the speculation, stating: “Media jumping the gun over a tweet. All I was said was: Mother 3’s 10th anniversary is coming, it would be cool if Nintendo acknowledged it.” On the other hand, other folks are coming forward and claiming it could be happening.




Mother 3 is a title that Nintendo gamers have wanted localized for a very, very long time. Perhaps 2016 will finally be the year when we see it debut in the west.

Emily Rogers, who is known for sharing Nintendo rumors and occasional insight into the company, made some tweets recently that has fans talking. The first one is shown above. Some of Emily’s followers also picked up on this now-deleted tweet:

“One last thing before I vanish: Don’t be surprised if Nintendo celebrates a game’s 10th anniversary this year…Just some food for thought.”

We did see EarthBound Beginnings come to the Wii U eShop last year – a move that surprised everyone. It’s possible that Nintendo could opt for a similar move with Mother 3.

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Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Combination debuted on the Japanese 3DS eShop today. Although it’s is out, The Pokemon Company may have more in store for the title. More information is after the break due to minor spoilers relating to the very end of the game.

Last year, Nintendo released three amiibo for Splatoon. We currently have the Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and, Inkling Squid figures. Could more be on the way?

NWPlayer123 has built a reputation for leaking new content for Splatoon ahead of official reveals. In the past, we’ve found out about levels and weapons among other elements before they were announced. NWPlayer123 now seems to have unearthed evidence of new amiibo figures.



“AmiiboIdolA” and “AmiiboIdolB” have both been found within Splatoon’s files. These two were likely included in the game’s most recent update. Given the names, would one think that they’re referencing the Squid Sisters.

We’ll let you know if we hear anything else about this rumor.

Thanks to Mattrio for the tip.

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Rumors about the NX continue to persist. This time, analyst and consultant Dr. Serkan Toto has made bold claims regarding Bandai Namco. The publisher is supposedly working on a number of titles for the system, including Smash Bros. – which will apparently be a launch game. Given that Smash Bros. just came out on two systems a little over a year ago, a port would be more probable than an entirely new entry.

Toto isn’t sure about any dates. In terms of where the information comes from, he’s connected to a number of industry sources, though it remains to be seen if this speculation will pan out in the end.

Toto wrote on Twitter:



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Earlier today, Emily Rogers posted several tweets about a rumor she heard pertaining to an unannounced Wii U game from Nintendo. This is based on information that she, along with two other people, gathered from numerous sources. We originally thought that we’d have to wait until Monday for the actual rumor, but the speculation was just now posted instead.

Rumor has it that Intelligent Systems has been developing a new Paper Mario entry for Wii U. It’s now being localized and tested, which suggests that the game could be coming sooner rather than later. At the very least, an announcement in the future would be likely assuming the rumor is true.



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Update: Rumor has come in early – potential new Paper Mario game. See this post.


This is sort of a new one! We have an announcement about a rumor coming sometime next week (update: Monday, see added forth tweet below).

Emily Rogers, Liam Robertson, and ShockingAlberto from NeoGAF have supposedly managed to dig up information regarding a new Wii U title. This is a Nintendo-published game as opposed to a third-party release. There’s apparently a decent amount of evidence behind the rumor, as 4-5 sources have provided information.

Rogers shared these messages on Twitter:



Knowing Emily, I don’t think she would be putting these tweets out there if she didn’t feel confident in her sources. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that this will be a rumor at the end of the day instead of something that’s being claimed as actual fact. We’ll see what happens come next week!

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Well before Wii U was announced, plenty of rumors about the console popped up on a regular basis. Some were true while others were not. We’re now in a similar situation with NX, Nintendo’s next system.

If the latest rumors are to be believed, some information about NX has leaked through a GFK survey. It’s worth mentioning that GFK is a client of Nintendo, and the survey has been verified. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the information is legitimate. This could be a means of simply gauging how consumers would react to certain elements included in the survey.

The survey slide mentions a few notable aspects about NX. Achievements, 4K/60FPS video streaming, 900p/60FPS gameplay, and connectivity between a console and handheld device are all mentioned. However, to reiterate, there’s no guarantee that any of the points listed here are true.

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Nomura Securities has shared some speculation about the timing of NX’s reveal. The concept could be announced between March and May, followed by an actual unveil in June. It may then launch between October and November.

Here’s a notable excerpt from Barrons’ article:

According to analyst Junko Yamamura, Nintendo will make NX available by 2016 year-end’s shopping season. Nomura expects Nintendo to announce the “concept” sometime between March and May, unveil the actual console in June, and launch it between October and November. “We think the NX will start to boost operating profits in 18/3, when it will have been on the market for a full year and will have a line-up of software titles, which carry high operating margins.”

Today’s news comes as Nintendo stock dipped by 5 percent. Nomura Securities feels that NX will cannibalize the existing sales of Wii U and 3DS.

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