Welcome to the Daily Wiretap! Each day the team here at Nintendo Wire works tirelessly to bring you the best, most relevant late-breaking Nintendo news this side of the Mushroom Kingdom. To help make ingesting all these meaty stories easier than Kirby hopped up on Miracle Fruit, we’ve compiled a handy list of noteworthy announcements and general industry happenings regarding the Big N in the last 24 hours. Without further ado, here’s a few things we’ve picked up over the wire for today:

LADY LAYTON SWIMMING ACROSS THE POND LATER THIS YEAR

The upcoming sequel to the popular Professor Layton series — Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy — finally has a confirmed 3DS release window for the West! Fledgling detectives will be solving puzzles and making deductions later this fall.

Read more: Layton’s Mystery Journey heading to 3DS systems in the West this fall

ARZEST DEVELOPING HEY! PIKMIN

The developers behind the controversial Yoshi’s New Island are confirmed to be helming Pikmin’s latest venture in space trash hoarding. While that may not inspire much confidence, here’s hoping Arzest has since returned its Kazoo to the deepest, darkest depths of Mordor’s Mount Doom where the lamentable doodad was undoubtedly forged. Sorry not sorry, but that is not an acceptable “instrument” to base an entire soundtrack off of.

Read more: Arzest developing Hey! Pikmin

PAC-MAN BURROWS MARIO’S CREATIVE CAP

A trademark for Pac-Man Maker was filed by Bandai Namco today, leading many to believe a Super Mario Maker-esque game could be in the persistent pellet-popper’s future.

Read more: Bandai Namco trademarks “Pac-Man Maker”

METROID PRIME 3: CORRUPTION SAMUS FIGMA INCOMING

Pre-orders for Samus’ latest Figma are just around the corner! While you impatiently wait to bring peace back to the galaxy, the official Figma blog updated this morning with brand new images of the intrepid bounty hunter in action.

Read more: New images of the upcoming Samus Figma

DROOL OVER THIS BREATH(TAKING) OF THE WILD LINK FIGURE

Medicom’s upcoming Real Action Heroes series Link figure based on his appearance in Breath of the Wild received a duo of gorgeous new photos today, courtesy of the 2017 Miyazawa Model Exhibition.

Read more: New photos of the Breath of the Wild Link figure from the Real Action Heroes line

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FRESH GEAR OF SPLATOON 2

A slew of new Splatoon 2 screenshots highlighting amiibo functionality was shared on the game’s official Twitter account. I gotta say, I’m pretty excited to finally be able to tweak hairstyles to my liking.

Read more: New Splatoon 2 images show off gear and customization screens

MARIO KART 8 DELUXE ONLINE LOBBIES GET A MUCH NEEDED TUNE-UP

Beyond a revamped Battle Mode and updated roster of racers, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has another notable new feature tucked away under its well-oiled hood. Anyone waiting in an online lobby can now bring up a menu to change their kart and driver without needing to drop out of the server.

Read more: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds kart change menu to lobbies

MARIO KART 8 DELUXE’S MENUS ARE JUST AS YOU REMEMBER THEM

While perhaps not the most exciting news of the day, GameXplain provided Mario Kart fans a walkthrough of the game’s home menu, character select and online lobby screens. Needless to say, it’s pretty identical to the Wii U version.

Read more: (Video) Take a tour through Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Menus

JUST ONE MORE MONTH UNTIL ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II RE-RE-RE-RE-RELEASES ON SWITCH

A new video for Ultra Street Fighter II circled the web showcasing character customization and game modes, including the all new “Way of the Hero” mode.

Watch here: (Video) New Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers trailer

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: KANTO DRIFT

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, surprised his daughter this Easter weekend by dressing up as everyone’s favorite electrified mouse: Pikachu! Be sure to catch the video below. What can I say, except you’re welcome!

Read more: Finally! The Rock comes back in a Pikachu costume

MINECRAFT ON SWITCH USURPS WII U VERSION

The latest iteration of Minecraft is just one month away! While performance still isn’t on par with its current competitive consoles, the Switch version dwarfs that of last gen — particularly on the Wii U. Check out all the gritty details below.

Read more: Minecraft on Switch details emerge

 
That’s all for today! For all your future Nintendo news, stay plugged in to Nintendo Wire.

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When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.

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