All the Latest Nintendo Rumors, Theories, and Leaks

All the Latest Nintendo Rumors, Theories, and Leaks

Week after week, we see rumors, theories, and supposed leaks about Nintendo games. Without solid evidence, they feel out of place in the news overview, so instead we’ve decided to compile all of the latest Nintendo rumors here.

Rumor: Kowloon Youma Gakuen Ki remaster

The director of Kowloon Youma Gakuen Ki posted a message celebrating the game’s 14th anniversary and suggested that next year, there might be a remaster made for “S” and “P.”

Status: Unconfirmed, but likely

A remaster coming to “S” and “P” sounds like a pretty big hint toward a Switch and PS4 remaster, although for now we’ll have to wait for an official announcement.

Rumor: New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U

ComicBook.com has reported sources saying New Super Mario Bros. U will be released for the Switch as a new version that includes New Super Luigi U and possibly other new content.

Status: CONFIRMED

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will be out on January 11.

Rumor: Bravely Default

In December, the official Japanese account for the Bravely Default series tweeted holiday art of Edea (from Bravely Default) holding Joy-Con controllers. This could be a hint of an upcoming port/remake/sequel for the Switch. After months with no news, the account changed its name to “Bravely OOOOO” (indicating blank spaces) and tweeted about Octopath Traveler’s strong sales, with the shadow of a fairy and the message (as translated by Gematsu), “It’s already been said, but – Octopath Traveler shipped one million units! Thank you so much! And now…!? Please keep your eyes on Square Enix 11th Business Division’s games in the future.”

Status: Unconfirmed

The original tease came to nothing, but this feels significant. We’ll have to wait and see.

Rumor: Star Fox Grand Prix

New rumors reported on Reddit and 4chan, and then backed up by Eurogamer, claim Retro Studios has been working on a Star Fox racing spin-off called Star Fox Grand Prix, with a hub world and adventure mode like Diddy Kong Racing and gameplay similar to F-Zero.

Status: Unconfirmed

There’s enough support to add credibility to this rumor, but it seems like an odd decision (especially in lieu of an F-Zero game). For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

Rumor: Wave Race

Shinya Takahashi, General Manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Division, was one of the primary people involved with the Wave Race series. While speaking to Fandom, he was asked about the possibility of Wave Race coming to the Switch, and he said, “You may see that game again. We have been trying to make many games and that may be one of them.”

Status: Unconfirmed, but likely

It could just be Takahashi’s wishful thinking, but it’s encouraging to hear someone from Nintendo say we “may” see a certain game.

Rumor: Animal Crossing

Strange things have been happening at the official Animal Crossing website. All of the news articles were filled with placeholder text, and the videos all used Breath of the Wild videos as placeholders, suggesting that Nintendo was preparing to add content for something new. Both pages now revert back to the homepage, but fans did get screenshots. The 3DS site remains broken.

Status: CONFIRMED!

Animal Crossing for the Switch has been announced for 2019.

Rumor: Bandai Namco is Developing Metroid Prime 4

A LinkedIn profile, along with sources cited by Eurogamer, have suggested that Metroid Prime 4 is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, including staff that worked on the now-cancelled Star Wars 1313.

Status: Unconfirmed, but likely

Multiple sources point toward Bandai Namco’s involvement, which lends these rumors more credibility.

Rumor: Assault Gunners HD Edition

The Taiwan Game Software Rating Information board rated Assault Gunners HD Edition for the Switch. This suggests Assault Gunners will be remastered.

Status: Unconfirmed, but likely

They also rated a PS4 version, and the Australian Classification board rated Assault Gunners HD Edition as well, so it sounds like an announcement is coming.

Rumor: Link’s Awakening Remake

Various sources have claimed Grezzo (the developer that worked on Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora’s Mask 3D, and Ever Oasis, among others) is working on a 3DS Link’s Awakening remake with a style inspired by Breath of the Wild. This game was supposedly planned for 2017, but was delayed.

Status: Unconfirmed

Grezzo working on another Legend of Zelda remake for the 3DS is certainly plausible, but there isn’t a lot of evidence pointing toward this one yet.

Rumor: Ace Attorney 7 and Two Ace Attorney Compilations

After Capcom confirmed that an Ace Attorney game is planned for the Switch in 2018, Kotaku UK reported that two independent sources told them three Switch Ace Attorney games are planned: a compilation of games 1-3, a compilation of games 4-6, and a new mainline game starring Phoenix Wright.

Status: Unconfirmed

We know Capcom is working on Ace Attorney for the Switch, and it makes sense that they would want to bring the entire series to the Switch first for new fans. Although unconfirmed, this rumor seems logical.

Rumor: The Wonderful 101 or The Wonderful 102

In July, PlatinumGames tweeted an image of characters from The Wonderful 101 playing what appears to be The Wonderful 101 on the Switch, implying that the Wii U game will be ported. However, fans noticed that their jackets say “W101” instead of “W100” like they did in the game. Together with the blurred-out game screen, this could mean a Wonderful 101 sequel is coming to the Switch.

Update: During a panel at the RebootDevelop conference in Croatia, Hideki Kamiya reportedly said they’re negotiating the possibility of a Switch port of The Wonderful 101 with Nintendo.

Status: Unconfirmed

This definitely feels like a tease, and since the Bayonetta tease proved accurate, it seems more likely now.

In Conclusion

Do you believe any of these rumors will be proven true? Which do you hope will be true? Have you heard any good Nintendo rumors we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website: http://www.samanthalienhard.com/

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