Nintendo Software Engineer’s Tweet Implies Bandai Namco Are Working on Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Switch

Given E3 is fast approaching, it’s no surprise that ‘leaks’ for games like Super Smash Bros would start appearing online. After all, everyone’s hyped up to hell over this stuff, and anyone with a bit of rudimentary image editing skills can get a ton of notoriety for just a few minutes work.

However, some leaks are better than others, and one from an ex Bandai Namco employee indicates some very interesting about the new Smash Bros title. That’s because this employee (who has since moved to Nintendo themselves) was apparently involved with the development of the game’s engine and mentioned just as much on his personal Twitter account.

Here’s a screenshot showing the tweet in question:

As you can tell, it doesn’t exactly leave much to the imagination there.

But is it true? Is the account associated with this info actually trustworthy?

Well, it’s always going to be impossible to be 100% sure, since a good hoaxer can fake virtually anything.
However, where Mr Sonobe is confirmed, it does indeed seem to be legitimate. That’s because not only do we have evidence an account did exist for said individual at one time…

But we also have evidence from related sites like LinkedIn showing he was indeed employed at Bandai Namco in the past and is currently working at Nintendo now. Just check out his profile if you don’t believe us.

It’s clearly the same guy, and the dates match up well with the information provided in his now deleted tweet.

Which in turn gives us reason to believe it is indeed true. Bandai Namco is working on Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo Switch, and this ex developer really did leak their involvement with his tweets. The evidence just seems too strong to deny it.

But what do you think about it all? Are you happy that Bandai Namco is returning for this game? Do you feel their involvement may hint towards what type of sequel the Switch game is? And what do you think about ex company employees giving away information like this online?

Have your say in the comments below or on social media today!


A Nintendo Software Engineer’s Tweet Suggests Bandai Namco is Working on Super Smash Bros for Switch (My Nintendo News)

Miitomo Has Now Shut Down

Well, it’s finally happened. Exactly when Nintendo said it’d happen, Miitomo has closed its doors for good, marking the end for Nintendo’s first foray into mobile app development.

Here’s the message Nintendo shared about the app’s closure:

We want to thank you for enjoying Miitomo so much. Miitomo’s service has come to an end as of Wednesday 9th May 2018, 16:00 (JST). We’ve come a long way since the app was launched, and once again we want to thank everyone who’s been involved. We hope to go on to even bigger and better things in the future with Nintendo, and we hope you’re there to share the fun. We hope to see you again soon!

Yeah, it’s pretty standard corporate speak, but at the end of the day, it’s something we all knew was going to come long before Nintendo’s official announcement. Miitomo may have done decently first, but really…

It died out pretty quickly for most people. There just wasn’t enough in the app to return to day after day, and the level of depth was low enough that it provided no purpose for most ‘players’. The whole thing was just a first attempt by a company unfamiliar with the market, and one whose profitability was quickly exceeded by the likes of Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and even Super Mario Run.

Fire Emblem Heroes Artwork

So, the writing was on the wall for the whole deal for months really. Still, Nintendo could have at least done one thing to make the shutdown better here.

Namely, keep the special Mii customisations introduced in the app. After all, Miis are still a thing for Nintendo, and they’re even planning on releasing a new Mii Maker sometime in the near future. So why not keep the extra clothing options and stuff? There’s no harm in having them around, and they let players make far more unique avatars than they could on the Wii, 3DS or Wii U.

They should have been kept around for future platforms too.

Ah well, it’s too late now, and Miitomo has now joined the Nintendo Wifi Connection and other canned Nintendo services of years past.

So, what do you think about it? Are you disappointed with the shut down? Do you wish the new Mii clothing options should have been kept around?

Tell us what you think in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!


Miitomo Has Officially Ended (Japanese Nintendo)

A New Level Editor is in Development for Wario Land 4

Have you ever wanted a new Wario Land game? Felt you could do some interesting things with Wario Land 4’s engine?
Hell, just wondered what a community could be like for Wario Land modding in general?

If so, you’re in luck! Because thanks to a member of the Wario Forums community called shinespeciall, a new Wario Land 4 editor is now in development. This editor will allow users to edit levels, graphics, music, sprites and various other aspects of the game, with the goal being to eventually provide something akin to Lunar Magic for Wario Land 4 hackers.

Here’s a screenshot showing the editor in action:

Wario Land 4 Editor

As well as a GitHub repository for the program in general. There you can download the current alpha version of the program and make various basic changes to the game if you’re so technically inclined.

It’s obviously not too feature packed as of right now, and various bugs will probably exist in the UI due to its early development status, but it’s a pretty good start all things considered. Heck, if the current development speed continues, we could even get a decent editor within a few weeks or months.

So yeah, check it out if you’re interested. It’s a neat project, and one we definitely feel could do with some more support from the community!


A new project for WL4 ROM hacking and Level Editing (Wario Forums)

Nintendo is Hiring a Level Designer for the Legend of Zelda Series

Have you ever wanted to create dungeons for the Legend of Zelda series? Model an overworld of the sort found in titles like Breath of the Wild?

Come up with interesting puzzle box setups based on Mark Brown’s Boss Keys videos?

Oh of course you have. Everyone’s looked at the Zelda series at some point and wanted to work on it. Heck, it’s a dream role for thousands of people in the series, with composer Grant Kirkhope being only one example.
And now, it could be a possibility for you as well. Why? Because Nintendo’s just put up a job posting for a level designer for the Legend of Zelda franchise. Here’s the listing page if you haven’t seen it already:

As you can tell (via a quick Google translation), they’re asking for someone to create game events, dungeons and overworld areas, with enemy placements specifically mentioned as part of the job description. They also mention that said person should be a fluent Japanese speaker (due to the need to collaborate with others), have experience producing games in some manner and will be trialled for 3 months before potentially getting promoted to a permanent member of staff. In other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a role like this.

So, check it out, and give it a shot if you have the skills required. After all, Corey Bunnell did back in 2014 or so, and that got him a job working on Zelda Breath of the Wild.

If you take advantage of the right opportunities, the sky’s the limit here!


The Legend of Zelda Level Designer Listing (Official Nintendo Jobs Site)

Xbox Games May Gold Lineup

Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of May:

Xbox One

  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams—Director’s Cut (May 1-31)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (May 16-June 15)

Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (May 1-15)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (May 16-31)