A new leaked image may have revealed several Nintendo Switch games that will be playable during E3, including rumored ports for Fortnite and Paladins. Originating from 4chan, the image appears to be of an invoice or order form for signs featuring logos for nine Nintendo Switch games. And an as-yet-unannounced indie game named Killer Queen Black may be the key to the leaked image’s legitimacy.
The nine games which have their logos featured in the leaked image include Dragon Ball FighterZ, the long-rumored Fortnite, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, FIFA 19, Killer Queen Black, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Paladins: Champions of the Realm, Overcooked 2, and Mario Tennis Aces. Four of those games have already been announced for Switch, three have not yet had Switch ports announced, and two are currently unannounced games. What may be key, though, is that all nine could realistically be in a playable state for E3.
That’s not to say that these nine games make up the entirety of what Nintendo will have at E3 for the Switch, but rather just a selection of show floor games. For example, Nintendo has already confirmed that Super Smash Bros. will be playable at E3. Other games are likely grouped apart from those shown in this list, or have a different type of sign. Expect other Nintendo Switch announcements during E3.
Regarding the leak’s legitimacy, the image shows an invoice or order form. On the righthand side of the image, the details of the order can be read. The “Substrate” is the material of the sign, which in this case is a 1/8-inch thick Sintra-branded white PVC board. 42 signs in total are part of the order, which can be seen given the “#x” labels under each game logo. Clearly, Nintendo expects Fortnite and Mario Tennis Aces to be particularly popular. It’s entirely possible for such a form to be faked, but there’s no arguing the authenticity of the form itself and the thought that would have had to go into putting it together, should it be faked.
The real detail that lends legitimacy to the leak, however, stems from the inclusion of Killer Queen Black. This is an unannounced title that, as far as Game Rant can tell, has had no rumors associated with it up until this leak. Killer Queen is a multiplayer arcade game that was increasingly popular in the indie scene, the sort of game that would be perfect on the Nintendo Switch. Not coincidentally, on May 25 the Killer Queen Twitter and Facebook accounts changed their banners and icons to completely black. Barring a handful of Killer Queen fans, this detail has otherwise gone completely unnoticed and unreported.
In other words, if this leak is fake then the leaker would potentially have insider knowledge regarding an unannounced Nintendo Switch port of a 5-year old indie arcade game. Then they would have to decide to strategically leak news of that port within a larger faked leak, creating an exceptionally well-created order form for signs likely to be used for E3 show floor game demo stations. As far as leaks go, this one seems rather reliable.
Stay tuned for more information during Nintendo’s E3 2018 media showcase on June 12.