Earlier today, an interesting piece of ‘data’ was posted on IMDB. This piece of data claimed that the Chorus Kids from Rhythm Heaven were going to be in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, with Daniel Algeria being listed as their voice actor for said game.
This in turn quickly got picked up by various news sites, with ones like Nintendo Life and Inverse jumping on the bandwagon after seeing the addition.
However, here’s the thing about the whole story. The one big thing you need to keep in mind about IMDB and their video game pages as a whole:
They’re not very reliable at all.
That’s because (like many other services online), anyone with an account can add or edit information on the site.
They just make an account, log in and start adding information to their heart’s content.
And that means much of the ‘information’ there (especially regarding upcoming video games) is questionable to say the least. For example, do you know what else IMDB said was going to happen regarding the Mario series?
That Super Mario Galaxy 3 would be released for the Nintendo Switch, alongside titles like Super Mario Sunshine HD, Super Mario Maker Deluxe and an untitled Mario Golf Game for the Wii U. With the latter somehow being released for the system in 2017 of all years.
Yeah, that obviously never happened. Likely because hey, it was a random fanboy’s wishlist rather than anything remotely resembling a real story or fact.
And IMDB has a huge history of these mistakes and fanboy wishlist edits too. They said Charles Martinet would be voicing Mario in Wreck it Ralph 2. They said Professor Layton’s voice actor would be voicing him in Super Smash Bros 4. Hell, they even had someone edit the page for Spyro Reignited Trilogy to say that Sonic the Hedgehog would be a character in the game. Somehow.
So, before you write that article about this latest ‘rumour’, stop and ask yourself a few questions.
Firstly, are you sure this is worth writing about? Because if it’s as inaccurate as most text-based rumours/claims online are, then the answer is likely no. As Source Gaming says, text rumours are almost always false.
If you’re still interested after that, move onto the second question. Namely, is there a source listed for this rumour? Or hell, just anyone else online backing it up in any way?
If not, again it’s likely bullshit. Random people (and websites’) claims online should not be taken seriously.
Finally (and here’s the big one), ask yourself whether you’d still be writing this story if it was found on Reddit, 4Chan, Wikipedia or any website with user contributed content.
Cause if not… well why the hell are you taking IMDB seriously anyway? They’ve proven time and time again that they know nothing about video games, let any old random fan edit in false information and fail to verify anything video game related added to their database.
So, calm down, relax and ignore this non-story. Cause like every other questionable piece of trivia found on IMDB before it, it’s almost certainly false and points to nothing more than a random fan’s speculation.
Thanks for reading!
Well, it’s media time again for these games! Yep, just a few days ago, Nintendo showed off more footage and artwork for Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch. This included two whole new trailers for the game, plus various bits of artwork showing characters and areas.
Here are the videos in case you haven’t seen them already. Including the original Japanese trailer:
Plus the translated version:
And this Japanese commercial:
There’s not a huge amount of new content in terms of reveals there, but the ones we do get are pretty interesting none the less.
Like how the Team Rocket Trio from the anime series reappear in these games:
Yep, Jessie, James and Meowth from the anime are in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, and have a similar to role to in Pokemon Yellow. That’s pretty cool, especially given their popularity as characters. Or heck, just the lack of personality for Team Rocket in general in generation 1.
And they’re not the only surprise additions on the character front. Oh no, a new rival appears in the game too.
Yes, unlike the original games (and Pokemon Yellow) before them, Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu do not feature Blue as your rival. Instead, you get this character:
Who is he? Well we’re not sure to be honest. No one actually seems to have a name for this guy, let alone any more info about his role in the game. What we do know however is that he’s a friendlier rival than Blue or Silver, and acts more like the ones from the later games. That’s not great, given the poor characterisation of some of these characters, but hey, it’s a change none the less. And it does at least hint that the story won’t remain the same this time around.
Finally, there’s also a decent amount of new artwork and media for the game in general too, including this beautiful map of the entire region:
As well as these pictures of the various main characters and Pokémon:
There’s nothing too ground breaking there, but the new artwork does look pretty nice none the less.
So what do you think about it? Are you happy to see the Team Rocket Trio appear in the main series again, or a new rival character replace Blue in this instalment?
Or would you rather the games had been a bit closer to the originals?
Tell us what you think in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!
Released back in April 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe quickly became a huge success on the Switch. With positive critic reviews all round and sales that nearly topped the console’s best sellers list, the title ended up becoming one of the most popular, beloved titles on the entire system.
Yet despite all this, there was one thing it basically never got:
DLC. For whatever reason, Nintendo never really bothered with any DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the game’s update to add Labo compatibility being the only way received by the title. It was a surprising move given the original game’s situation, or how that got regular track, character and mode updates in various DLC packs.
However, it seems that may now be changing. Why? Because in a new interview with Shinya Takashi on Twitter, the former announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would indeed be getting further updates in future:
Here’s the video with the interview, courtesy of the company’s Twitter video:
As well as his specific comments about the matter from said video:
There will be further updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so please look forward to it.
It’s pretty much as clear as you can get, and confirms that yes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is indeed getting more updates in future.
Which when you think about it, makes a hell of a lot of sense right now. Why? Well, there are two major things you have to keep in mind here. Okay, actually three:
- The Nintendo Switch has never gotten its own Mario Kart game as of yet, and it seems unlikely there’ll ever be one. This means Nintendo has a huge incentive to push this game even further with updates and new content, since otherwise it’ll be years before the next Mario Kart instalment.
- Because of this (and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s status as a HD remaster/port with extra content), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn’t really advertise modern Mario games all that well. For instance, unlike Captain Toad on Switch, there are no characters or kingdoms from Super Mario Odyssey represented in the game, which isn’t exactly a great way to advertise Mario’s latest adventure.
- And finally, the whole Switch Online thing is coming soon, and Nintendo needs people to actually pay for it. New content in online games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is exactly how you’d do that and would get people dusting off the old game to give the new stuff a try.
Either way though, it’s good news for Mario Kart fans, and indicates that Nintendo’s support for the game hasn’t died off. Let’s see what interesting new characters, karts and tracks make their way into future updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!
In recent times, Super Mario Odyssey has seen an increasing number of mods for it. These include edited physics with the moon jump and super speed code, remodeled collectables such as Shine Sprites from Mario Sunshine replacing the Power Moons in levels and unreleased costumes like Zombie Mario being made public early.
There’s some neat stuff there, especially given how new the game’s modding scene is right now. But it’s not what’s truly interesting about Odyssey’s mods.
No, that would be the custom levels. Cause you see, thanks to advancements in Nintendo Switch hacking (and the existence of a full-blown level editor for the game), Super Mario Odyssey has actually started getting custom levels too.
And as is expected from a new Mario game and its mods, one of these is a Kaizo hack intended to make the brutal finale even tougher! Yep, named Kaizo Darker Side, this mod takes the already challenging Culmina Crater area and cranks the difficulty up to eleven, adding in more enemies, trickier jumps and tweaked obstacles to do so.
Here’s a video of the mod courtesy of its original creator:
As well as a less comprehensive video from Beard Bear on YouTube:
As you can clearly see, it definitely ups the challenge quite significantly from the original, and really does show how tricky Odyssey platforming can become if you’re willing to step away from Nintendo’s fairer level design.
So, check it out if you’re after a new challenge. It’s not perfect (in part because of the level editor’s limitations, and in part due to being one of the first of its kind), but it’s a decent attempt none the less, and seems like a good start for the game’s Kaizo scene.
Kaizo Darker Side – Super Mario Odyssey (YouTube)
Well, this is pretty unexpected! In an update earlier today, Nintendo added Labo support to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the title now being compatible with the Toy-Con Motorbike handlebars! Here’s a trailer showing the addition in action:
As you can see, it works about as well as you’d expect it to. Yeah, it’s probably not gonna replace the standard controller as the ‘best’ way to play on a competitive play, but it’s a neat Wii Wheel esque setup regardless.
And it seems it won’t be the only one either. Nope, Nintendo have also said other games will have Nintendo Labo functionality added in too. So, if you’re thinking of playing Breath of the Wild, ARMS or Mario Odyssey with Labo, that could well be a possibility down the line.
So, hey, what do you think? Are you happy Labo support has been added here?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!