RUMOR: Metroid Prime Trilogy Listing Appears

UPDATE: Since the discovering of the listing, Inet has changed the wording on their site to read Produkten är endast ett rykte, men vi tror det kommer annonseras på The Game Awards med lansering tidigt 2019 (feb?)”, which roughly translates to “The product is just a rumor but we think it will be announced at the Game Awards with a early launch in feb 2019”.

With rumors swirling that Nintendo will be showing new footage from the upcoming Metroid Prime 4 this Thursday at the Game Awards 2018, there has also been whispers of the long rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy port for the Nintendo Switch making an appearance as well. Adding more smoke to the metaphoric fire, now it seems the product page for the rumored collection has leaked to an international storefront.

As first pointed out by Twitter user @Nitomatta, Swedish retailer Inet released a product page for Metroid Prime Trilogy on Nintendo Switch. While this possibly could be a placeholder SKU for retailers to prepare for an inevitable announcement of a highly rumored game, it is interesting to see the timing of this pop up. Normally, placeholder SKUs aren’t supposed to post live to the page until an official announcement, so either way it seems to be an error on the store’s end. As of the time of this article’s posting, the listing is still live.

Various members of the gaming media have been commenting on the possibility of the collection’s existence in the future. Liam Robertson, who is known for his work on DidYouKnowGaming, ComicBook, and NintendoLife to name a few, thinks the listing is just based off rumors and the retailer doesn’t have concrete knowledge on the game; yet he does state the collection is a “real thing”.

Metroid Prime 4 was first announced at Nintendo’s E3 2017 Direct to massive amounts of fan excitement. Since then, Nintendo has been quite coy surround the subject of the game’s release. Gameplay footage has yet to be revealed, nor a cinematic of any kind; yet Nintendo of America president and CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé states development is progressing well, and that the company has an internal date for the game’s release.

A Metroid Prime Trilogy collection has released previously on the Nintendo Wii in 2009, and included Metroid Prime (GC), Metroid Prime II: Echoes (GC), and Metroid Prime III: Corruption (Wii). Fans have been hoping for a re-release to bring the series into age of high-definition, while also giving those who didn’t originally play the trilogy the opportunity to do so before the newest entry drops in the near future.

Be sure to tune into the Game Awards 2018 this Thursday, December 6th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST to find out if we hear from Metroid Prime 4 and the rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy port.

For more updates on the Game Awards 2018, and all announcements and premieres surrounding it, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and keep it looked in at Bonus Accessory.

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RUMOR: ‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’ Teased for Nintendo Switch

It looks like Nintendo might be bringing the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to the Nintendo Switch, and giving it the HD treatment.

During the Legend of Zelda Concert in Osaka, Japan today, series producer Eiji Aonuma teased the crowd by saying “We know what you’re thinking: Skyward Sword on the Switch, right?”, which was received to mass applause from the audience, sources say. Various Japanese and Chinese Twitter profiles began spreading the information earlier today, with a few native speaking user providing translations. GameXplain made a video providing tons of translated tweets on the subject can be found here.

Skyward Sword, which released in November 2011 on the Nintendo Wii, is canonically the first entry in the series, confirmed by the series official timeline by the Hyrule Historia publications from Nintendo and Dark Horse Comics. The game, which was the first Zelda game to fully use the system’s motion controls in realistic fashion, was received extremely positive by both critics and fans. Many fans consider it to be an underrated entry in the series, which has pushed fans to ask to see it be brought back into the spotlight on Nintendo’s newest hardware.

The Legend of Zelda series continues to stay in headlines, with the recent hint from Game Informer editor Imran Khan that the next entry in the series may be “coming sooner than we think” along with a job posting by Nintendo specific to the series; and it looks like it isn’t stoping anytime soon. As always, take this with a huge grain of salt. Until official confirmation from Nintendo, please consider this a rumor, but here’s hoping we get to see the game make its way on to everyone’s favorite hybrid system!

 

Rumor: Nintendo Switch Support and Feedback Added to YouTube Page, App Incoming this Week?

Building off of yesterday’s post regarding a possible Nintendo Direct for this coming Thursday, November 8th, there seems to be more smoke emanating from the metaphorical fire in terms of possible confirmation.

As first reported by NintendoWorldReport last night, on YouTube’s feedback page, the Nintendo Switch is now listed as a compatible device for viewing YouTube. Sources close with the site have identified this Thursday as a probable date. Both YouTube and Nintendo have yet to confirm this date yet.

Normally, when official outlets have “leaks” like this happen, it’s only a matter of time until the rumor becomes factual. In this case, it’s almost a complete no-brainer for the largest content digital distributor in the world to create a Switch port of their app. Many argue this is long overdue, along with the mega-ton media juggernaut that is Netflix. Both media outlets have been long rumored to make their appearance on the system, with Netflix even being rumored to be at the “ready to go” stage in terms of release for a Switch specific app.

None the less, this adds more credence to the probability of a Nintendo Direct being imminent. Normally, Nintendo releases a press statement and social media blast about 36-48 hours in advance of a Direct, to give media and consumers ample time to make themselves available for the event.

For more updates on the possibility of a Nintendo Direct this week, make sure to follow Bonus Accessory on Twitter @BonusAccessory, along with my personal account @travless16.

Rumor: New Job Posting for the Next Legend of Zelda Entry/Content

Job postings for certain game developers are usually hit or miss when it comes to trying to read the metaphoric palm of the future of your favorite game series. More often than not, they lead to nowhere, or are far too generic to deduce a logical connection to said franchise; but every now and then, these tidbits are only the tip of the iceberg, to a much larger announcement on the horizon.

Earlier this morning, ResetEra user guru-guru created a thread, with information he found pertaining to multiple newly listed job postings via Nintendo’s Japanese website. The rough translation, done by guru-guru, is as follows:

  • The first job posting is for a 3DCG Designer. The post specifies that the position revolves around terrain/topography production for aspects such as fields and dungeons.
  • Requirements: experience in making backgrounds in the common 3D animation software Maya and Adobe Photoshop; experience working on HD hardware, and if possible, Japanese fluency.
  • Other skills that aren’t required, but are appreciated: experience making backgrounds, specifically for an action game; experience making concept art; experience making assets in Substance Painter and Substance Designer; interest in Zelda, along with leadership experience.
  • The second posting is for a Level Designer. Nintendo is looking for someone to plan in-game events, field and dungeon layouts, as well as enemy aspects.
  • Requirements: experience working as a game planner for consumer games, and if possible fluency in Japanese.

While this isn’t cut and dry saying “Hey, our next Zelda project is in development!”, it does give consumers a pretty good idea that the preverbal gears are churning within Nintendo’s playground. What isn’t being necessarily thought of as an answer to this small morsel is the idea of another round of DLC for Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently stated during their most recent earnings meeting that he wants to keep producing content for already release Nintendo titles. As first reported by Bloomberg’s Yuki Nakamura, Furukawa stated “We need continuous growth. We must keep releasing new software. That includes DLCs and other contents for big titles that are already out.” While many Zelda fans had believed that Nintendo was finished producing and developing content for the award winning entry, Breath of the Wild, on both the Switch and Wii U, the company on record has never formally stated they were finished doing so.

Personally, I feel this information aligns more with the DLC route, rather than a hiring focused on the next entry in the franchise (at least at first); as I truly believe the next Zelda adventure has already been in development for months already. Due to the semi-recent change in oversight with Nintendo, in their appointing of Furukawa as the new president of the company, DLC for previously released titles could very well have been a newly brought to life by him. All of this is speculation by the author though, as nothing is set in stone until it is formally announced by the company representing the product.

As always, please take this with a huge grain of salt, in relation to the narrative of the next Legend of Zelda game being in development. If any updates are made to this story, I will update it accordingly.

Rumor: Nintendo Direct on November 8th

Super Smash Bros fans were delighted to learn of a Direct happening last week, leading into the launch of the newest and content-heavy iteration of the series Super Smash Bros Ultimate on December 7th; but Nintendo may not be done for the year in terms of their fan favorite info drops.

GamingIntel.com, who previously have successfully predicted multiple Direct dates and times, have learned via their sources that another Nintendo Direct is imminent and could be a early as this Thursday (November 8th). From their November 5th article, they state “We are unsure of the exact date, something which we are trying to confirm as fast as we can. However, there were whispers of a November 8th Direct, although we cannot confirm this. Our source went on to state “I am 100% confident about another direct in November. I am NOT 100% confident on the date of November 8th. Given the recent YouTube leak, it does seem feasible that a November 8th Nintendo direct could take place, but I am not 100% sure”.

If the November 8th Direct is possible, that could mean an announcement in less than 24 hours from Nintendo, as they usually like to give a 48-36 hour window for the press to make themselves available for the Direct’s time slot.

In terms of the content the Direct could contain is the true head scratcher. We have known about the newest Fire Emblem entry’s (now titled Fire Emblem: Three Houses) existence since the initial Switch press conference in January 2017, but have only been granted a quick two minute teaser trailer for it at this past June’s E3 conference. Outside of what was shown, information is limited. One would think this would be a good slot to fit that in, to give it the time and spotlight it would need to acclimate the massive casual audience the Switch has amassed.

Another game that comes to mind is the newest entry into the Animal Crossing series, that is planned to launch sometime in 2019. While this idea is still a toss up to me, it would fit into the rumors that were circling earlier this fall that Animal Crossing could launch as early as March/April of 2019. If that rumor has an credence to it, this Direct could very much so be a great platform to drop a decent amount of info to viewers, especially those new to the series (like me).

As always, take all of this with a HUGE grain of salt, along with anything with the “rumor” tag involved. To stay up to date on all rumors related to Nintendo and this direct, follow Bonus Accessory on Twitter @BonusAccessory. As more info becomes available, we will distribute it via Twitter and update this article.

Nintendo Direct (3/8/18) Predictions & Rumors

Nintendo finally did it.

 

After almost two months of waiting (post 1/11 Direct Mini), Nintendo is finally planning to flesh out more of their 2018 lineup to the public with a full-fledged Direct. Fans on social media, r/NintendoSwitch, ResetEra, and the like have been waiting with bated breath to hear what is on deck for the rejuvenated gaming company in 2018, especially on their smash hit hybrid system, the Nintendo Switch.

The company’s North American Twitter and Facebook accounts posted the following graphic, announcing the streaming event, yesterday morning:

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While this past January’s Direct Mini provided fans with some answers to 2018’s road map for the company, it also left everyone with a lot of questions to be answered. No mention of the previously announced Metroid Prime 4 and new core Pokemon RPG game. No mention of the possible (one would think eventual and probable) Super Smash Bros sequel/port. No mention of the Switch’s permanent online structure, and what features will be included with it. Sure, we got a lot of good ports, such as DKC: Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors, and not to mention some solid third party surprises, specifically Dark Souls Remastered (your boy has yet to play a Soulz game, so I’m salivating at the chance to get dome rocked by this beauty); but at the end of the day, the Mini left most fans feeling…underwhelmed.

This is the NEW Nintendo. This isn’t 2012 Nintendo, selling you a system that you weren’t sure if it was an add on to the previous console, or a new generation at all. This is the Nintendo that came out saying this system isn’t a multimedia device; it’s a GAMING deivce, and not some toy, but a legitimate piece of technology. Fans saw arguably not one, but TWO of the best games of all time release in a single year for the Switch. Not only that, but they saw a company that provided a big, first party title each month and a plethora of third party games to the little hybrid that could. This Nintendo is one that is trying to remind it’s core audience: we’re here to play, and COMPETE with the other kids on the playground.

That being said, it did leave fans in a bit of a lull in the first few months of the new year, in terms of news for the system. But that is behind us now, and in a few short hours, the flood gates are going to be open (well, at least cracked a bit to let a breeze in). So let’s dive into some rumors and predictions.

 

RUMORS

As with every rumor, take these with a grain of salt. Below are the current rumors running around, via RestEra:

January
-[1st] ERA John Harker claims the January Direct will be on the 11th. (Source) *Confirmed
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims the Virtual Console, Metroid Prime 4, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Dragon Quest 11, Undertale and GTA5, will have some presence on the January Direct. (Source) *Incorrect
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims Rockstart is working on another game other than GTA5, probably Red Dead Redemption. (Source)
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims Killing Floor 2 is coming in 2018. (Source)
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims Injustice 2 is coming. (Source)
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims Call of Duty is coming with HD Rumble. (Source)
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims Undertale is coming. (Source)
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims Fortnite is coming. (Source)
-[2nd] Reddit DasVergeben claims tinyBuild is porting a few of their older titles, along with Hello Neighbour. (Source) *Confirmed
-[3rd] EmilyRogers claims SNK has a new game planned with a possible reveal during the rumored January Direct (Source). –> SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is announced on the Jan 11th Direct. *Confirmed
-[4th] Verified reddit user claims Bayonetta 3 will release in 2018, possibly a Summer release. (Source)
-[5th] Switch OS 5.0 video leaks (Source) *Fake
-[5th] Nintendo’s Norway distributor claims Bayonetta 3 and Prime 4 will release in 2018. Statement was deleted afterwards. (Source)
-[7th] Twitter MysticDistance claims Final Fantasy 15 is in development and there might be an announcement about it this year. (Source)
-[9th] Nintendo posts a series of cryptic tweets, seemingly in response to Resetera’s January Direct speculation thread (good recount of the events here). Gamestop also tweets about the Nintendo Direct, but deletes it right away.
-[11th] ERA King Zell hints a “World Ends With You” game right before the rumored Mini Direct (Source). –> TWEWY Final Remix is is announced on the Jan 11th Direct. *Confirmed
-[11th] ERA Jonneh hints at Mario Tennis Aces right before the rumored Jan 11th Mini Direct. (Source) *Confirmed
-[11th] ERA ZhugeEX teases something about Funky and Donkey Kong ten minutes before the Direct (Source). –> Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is announced on the Jan 11th Direct. *Confirmed
-[11th] Nintendo releases a Mini Direct without prior announcement.
-[11th] Kotaku UK claims Bandai Namco plans to eventually bring all three Dark Souls. (Source)
-[11th] Reddit user claims their store Switch will get a huge demo and video update on the 22nd. (Source) *Fake
-[12th] Australian retailer Sanity lists South Park The Fractured but Whole for release on March 13th. (Source)
-[14th] ERA Chrom claims that there’s a small Direct (or announcement video) happening on the week of Jan 15th-19th (Thursday most likely) (Source 1) (Source 2). UbiSoft employee tweeted on the 16th that something Nintendo related will happen in a few days. (Source) ->> Wed 17th: Nintendo Japan tweets announcement of a “New Play” presentation for the 17th (Thursday 18th in Japan), other regions see similar tweets from Nintendo. Nintendo Labo is announced. *Confirmed
-[14th] ERA Chrom claims there is going to be a Direct in February (Source). Same info from Twitter MysticDistance (Source). The Direct will show a new Fire Emblem and “a green dinosaur and an RPG involving slimes”. (Source) *Incorrect
-[15th] ERA Emily claims more rumored Ubi, Square Enix, Namco games will be announced later this year. (Source)
-[15th] ERA King Zell claims there’s a SquareEnix game coming that has never been on a Nintendo system before. (Source). Claim amended, the SquareEnix IP has been on a Nintendo system before. (Source)
-[16th] ERA Plankton2 found a south African retailer listing Project Cars 2. It is unknown when the retailer added the Switch entry. (Source)
-[16th] Reddit user posted images of a Nintendo of Europe survey that lists Bayonetta 3 and Pokemon RPG for a 2018 release. (Source)
-[18th] Russian reddit user claims to work on a store that has received a Nintendo mailing list that shows Little Nightmares coming. (Source)
-[18th] Gematsu reports Wild Guns Reloaded has been rated (Source). –> Game is announced on the 25th for all regions. *Confirmed
-[18th] Max Arguile from GB Eye claims on the Licensing Source Book Europe that Crash N.Sane Trilogy will come (Source)
-[19th] Gadgets reports made-in-India games could come to Switch based on a Facebook post from Indian developer Holy Cow Productions which was visited by Nintendo. (Source)
-[24th] ERA Ehoavash claims a port of the Wii U Smash Bros will come in 2018. (Source)
-[24th] ERA Ehoavash claims New Super Mario Bros. U Plus port is coming too. (Source)
-[28th] Nintendosoup reports of a reddit user that claims French retailer Micromania listed Danganronpa V3 coming to Switch. (Source) *Fake

February
-[3rd] Twitter Marcus_Sellars claims Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is coming with HD Rumble, and Motion Controls. (Source)
-[3rd] Twitter Marcus_Sellars claims Nd Cube is making Mario Party 11 for 2019 (Source). He released more specific details about the game here (Source). Tweets have been deleted since then.
-[6th] Youtube Doctre81 found a Namco Singapore LinkedIn profile listing a 1st Person Adventure, and Ridge Racer 8 coming exclusively (Source). Eurogamer confirms it’s Prime 4 a few days later. (Source)
-[13th] Finland’s Gamestop lists De Blob 1 & 2, then removes the listing. (Source) *Confirmed
-[17th] Germany’s USK has given Yesterday Origins a classification. (Source)
-[18th] Amazon Mexico now lists South Park The Stick of Truth. (Source)
-[19th] Neoseeker claims Diablo 3 is coming with local co-op (Source). A few days later Blizzard’s twitter posts a Diablo lamp switching off and on. Then denied the game was coming. (Source)
-[22nd] ShonenGamez claims Naruto: Ultimate Storm Trilogy is coming. (Source) *Confirmed
-[23rd] Reddit DasVergeben claims a single player JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is in production. (Source)

March
-[6th] DirectFeedGames claims a Call of Duty will come in 2018. (Source)

 

Ok, so that’s a bit of a mouthful. The biggest rumors making the rounds currently, in my opinion are:

  • Smash sequel/port launching along the Online Service this year.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy in HD being pumped out this year, Prime 4 next year.
  • Bayonetta 3 dropping this year, possibly revealed pre-E3

Most recently, this little tidbit popped up on RestEra, claiming that the new core Pokemon RPG for Switch will be a reboot for the series. Personally, I’d love this. I haven’t truly played a Pokemon game since Emerald, but recently have started playing Y on my 3DS and loving it. With that being said, I’m all in on a reboot. There are over a thousand Pokemon now, and while the new content is awesome and provides depth to the series, the formula has began to run its course. The Switch is specifically being marketed to the 18-35 age demographic. Look at their marketing from this past year and tell me otherwise. While they are now moving into the casual audience demographic with Labo and other announcements, the focus is on the college to young professional age. Nostalgia only carries so much weight, but if you bring back Kanto and the original 151 and put that into UE4, woah.

 

PREDICTIONS

 

I’m going to keep this pretty quick and simple, since I feel like I’ve written a novel already and I plan to write a recap tonight on the event itself. I’m going to include a mesh of what I think is expected or safe, and what I think is outside chance. With that being said, here is my official predictions for how the show will go:

3DS

  • A reminder for Detective Pikachu launching this month, relatively quick but hits on a lot of main points. (Safe)
  • One or two other AA games announced/shown, possibly Dragon Quest 11 but could be something else with name value that is third-party. (Safe)
  • The rumored Link’s Awakening remake in the Link Between Worlds engine (outside chance)

Switch (Safe)

  • Reminder of Kirby Star Allies releasing next week. Quick and to the point, with possibly a new mode shown off. (Safe)
  • Mario Tennis Aces gets a decent chunk of time. Not outrageous, but over five minutes. New story mode shown off, a good look at the roster, and gets a release date of June at the latest. (Safe)
  • Mario Odyssey premium DLC is announced, which was possibly leaked on Twitter yesterday. Two packs, first launches this spring in April. Supposedly Luigi’s Mansion themed for the first, which would be dope. (Actually going “Safe” on this one. Seems DLC would be obvious for this game)
  • Third party reel of games is shown, and Wolfenstein 2 gets a Switch exclusive trailer/gameplay, along with Dark Souls Remastered. Surprise third-party announcement: South Park: Stick of Truth AND Fractured But Whole. (Safe)
  • Surprise Reveal: Fire Emblem for Switch. Vandal Leaks again posted some leaked info on this, stating the subtitle of the game would be “Elegy for the Brave”, but also states that this may just be an internal working title. To be honest, this is the safest bet for a surprise reveal. Not only has the game been slated for a 2018 release, but we have yet to receive ANY info on it whatsoever. Plus, while the Fire Emblem series is one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises with their core audience, it doesn’t have the same impact as Mario, Zelda, and Smash, so an E3 announcement as their major blowout game doesn’t make sense, so today seems like the perfect fit. I believe the “Summer 2018” release window, but I’d count on it being late summer. (Safe)

Switch (Outside Chance)

  • Smash port/sequel is announced TODAY. While announcing it today would give Nintendo time to flesh the game out and have the big blowout at E3, I think it’s just too early to do it. I still think it’s coming this year, alongside the Online Service in September.
  • New core Pokemon RPG revealed today. While we are just inside the normal Pokemon announcement time frame, the Pokemon Company and Game Freak usually do their own thing and have their own Directs to announce games. Still a chance this comes out this year, but I think if the rumors of the reboot are true, I can see 2019 being more plausible.
  • Online Service information. I think we get a full blowout of the service at E3. Makes the most sense, as the hype window for what they could do with it is smaller than a game.
  • Virtual Console. Yup, still holding out for a sliver of hope.
  • Metroid Prime 4. It’s just not happening here today. This is E3-level reveal. We’ll see it in June, with possible game play for 2019.

Well, there you have. Looking forward to seeing what I get wrong at 5 PM (waiting until I get to my fiancée’s place to watch it around 7:30 or so. I’ll be going off the grid pretty soon so I don’t get spoiled).

Whether we get a sub-par show, or one that blows the socks off of us, it’s always a fun ride leading up to Directs. Plus, you know what’s the best part? This new Nintendo leaves us with so much to look forward to continuously.

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