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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.