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First screenshots are in for the new Switch game Scribblenauts Showdown. View a handful of images in the gallery below.

Following several leaks, Warner Bros. has properly announced Scribblenauts Showdown, which is slated for Switch. It’s scheduled for March 6 in North America and March 9 in Europe.

The game’s highlights are the Showdown, Versus, and Sandbox modes. Here’s the rundown of each:

Despite it not being officially announced yet, we’ve known about Scribblenauts Showdown for about a month now due to it being rated in Taiwan and then being listed on Play Asia.

We now have yet more evidence of the game being real. The ESRB, the North American ratings board, has now rated the game for several platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. It has been rated E 10+ for “cartoon violence and cartoon humor”.

As you may remember, we posted a leak in regards to a mysterious new game: Scribblenauts Showdown.

The game now appears to have a Switch listing on Play Asia, a chief gaming import site. It lists a European version launching on March 9.

This listing, combined with the previous leak, makes things look quite promising. And with the rumored Direct this month, maybe we’ll hear from Maxwell sooner rather than later.

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Nintendo Everything has spotted a rating in Taiwan that reveals the existence of what appears to be a brand new entry in the Scribblenauts franchise. Scribblenauts Showdown is coming to Switch in addition to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to the classification.

The listing doesn’t tell us much, but it provides a very small look at some key art (and potential boxart) depicting main character Maxwell and his sister Lily. Aside from that, the classification only states that Warner Bros. is publishing, 5th Cell is on board once again as the developer, and it will be a puzzle game. Again, nothing overly exciting, but the news itself is very significant.

Update 2: Here’s what Slaczka told Polygon:

“WB cancelled [Scribblenauts: Fighting Words] today so we had to lay off the staff. It happened so quick we’re not sure what the plans are going forward yet.”


Update: Despite what we’ve been hearing, 5th Cell has not shut down. The studio did lay off some employees following layoffs last week, but creative director Jeremiah Slaczka says the company remains in operation. Layoffs came about to due Warner Bros. cancelling a Scribblenauts mobile game, according to Kotaku. Slaczka added that the remaining staff is “tiny”.



5th Cell, makers of the Scribblenauts series, is closing its doors. That significant piece of information comes by the way of the studio’s lead animator Tim Borrelli.

Scribblenauts was definitely the biggest name attached to 5th Cell, and the series was hugely successful back in the day. On Nintendo platforms, the company also created Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest.

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