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: 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.
Will these be the latest Wii U games ported to the Switch? We’ll have to wait and see.
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.”
＼オクトパス 100万 出荷／
今後ともスクエニ11BDのゲームにご注目下さいませm_ _m pic.twitter.com/4Y2Pj2CMq3
— ブレイブリー◯◯◯◯◯ (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) August 6, 2018
The original tease came to nothing, but this feels significant. We’ll have to wait and see.
Rumor: Taiko Drum Master localization
Bandai Namco recently filed several drum-related trademarks in Europe, which could mean localization of the newest Taiko Drum Master game for the Switch.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! will be out in the west on November 2.
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.
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.
Rumour about Nintendo prepping their website for an Animal Crossing announcement goes here. pic.twitter.com/eoUXLvJh2x
— Pixelpar (@pixelpar) April 4, 2018
Since there wasn’t anything on the pages except for placeholder text, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Still, it definitely suggests they were working on the site for some reason.
Rumor: Diablo III
Diablo III rumors began when Blizzard Entertainment tweeted a short clip of a Diablo light switch being turned on and off. Fans took this as a tease for a Switch version of Diablo III. Blizzard came out an denied that they have any plans to announce Diablo III for the Switch, but now Eurogamer is reporting that their sources say a Switch port is being developed after all.
Sweet dreams. pic.twitter.com/tZvCnjjzWb
— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 28, 2018
Despite the initial denials, Diablo III: Eternal Collection is coming to the Switch later this year.
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.
Regarding the 3DS inspired a Link's Awakening game coming out this year. The team behind it is Grezzo who have handled many Zelda games for 3DS. A prime example is the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D.
— Marcus Sellars (@Marcus_Sellars) January 3, 2018
A new 3DS Zelda Game is coming.An enhanced remake of Links Awakening but more opening like BoTW.was suppose to come this year but we delayed for gameplay changes.We will see a reveal soon
— Nate (@Nate8696) December 29, 2017
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.
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.
This definitely feels like a tease, and since the Bayonetta tease proved accurate, it seems more likely now.
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!