Earlier today, the Nintendo Switch Lite was officially announced as the more affordable and more portable version of the Nintendo Switch. However, if you might recall, there were rumors suggesting that there could also be an upgraded version of the Switch in the works as well, and now it looks like there is a chance those rumors could be coming true.
In a recent FCC filing, it was discovered that Nintendo had filed for a “Request for Class II Permissive Change” letter. What this means is that Nintendo is asking for permission to make changes to an existing device without having to get the whole thing recertified again. Based on the letter, it seems that Nintendo has outlined the changes which includes the chipset used, the RAM, and also the CPU board.
While Nintendo has seemingly denied that there are plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch console this year, it appears that the rumors about such a console just don’t seem to be going away. In fact, just last month a Chinese accessory maker shared images of their upcoming accessories for the the Nintendo Switch Mini, which in the process revealed a possible design.
It looks like the leaks won’t stop coming in because according to a tweet by WinFuture.de’s Roland Quandt, new images have since leaked by other accessory makers who have created cases for the upcoming console. For those who are unfamiliar with the rumors, basically there are claims suggesting that Nintendo could launch at least two new consoles this year.
Sony offers a handful of games for free every month to members of its PlayStation Plus program. July 2019 is going to be no different. Sony has now confirmed the free games lineup for the coming month. The focus is going to be on sports titles in July so those who’re into sports will particularly like the lineup.
PES Productions’ Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 is the first title on the Sony PS Plus free games list for July 2019. It’s the only true competitor to the FIFA franchise from Electronic Arts. However, it doesn’t have some of the top-level clubs and leagues largely because EA has deeper pockets to pay for those expensive licenses that guarantee exclusivity to its franchise. PES fans do appreciate the franchise for its solid gameplay.
Dubbed “First Class”, this is a collector’s edition of the game that hardcore fans probably don’t want to miss out on. It will come with a copy of the Deluxe Edition of the game, the soundtrack of the game, a steelbook case, a hardcover artbook, DLCs, and probably the most exciting bit about the bundle, a figurine of Cloud and his Hardy Daytona bike.
According to Square Enix’s description, “From Cloud’s stoic facial expression to his hairstyle, the details on all of the accessories adorning his outfit are meticulously sculpted and painted for an unmatched level of quality. The Hardy Daytona is portrayed realistically, from its unique form and sleek lines to the quad exhaust pipes and bifurcated rubber back wheel. Cloud can fit in any action pose seen in-game on or off the motorcycle with the included hands and unparalleled PLAY ARTS KAI articulation!”
Lexus reportedly has plans to reveal a Lexus LC Convertible at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The news comes from a Roadshow report, citing multiple, anonymous Lexus sources. One is right to be skeptical, but an LC Convertible seems likely after seeing the concept revealed at the Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of the year.
We liked what we saw back in January, and the "concept" looked nearly production ready. Lexus hinted a production version may be on the way, and it looks like we might see the delivery of that car in early July. The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs July 4-7.
The 2020 Nissan Versa is here, and it actually looks pretty alright. Nissan totally re-did the sheetmetal on its subcompact car, giving it a sleeker profile that's less frumpy. Off-the-bat we see the signature V-Motion grille up front with sharp angles and striking lines. There aren't many curves on this face, but we're alright with that. Then, around back, Nissan went with its ubiquitous floating roof design, and it might just be the smallest car that this design has ever appeared. In general, the Versa has less of a "basic transportation" look, but it'll be interesting to see what the base trim looks like.
We wouldn't say the interior is pretty by any means, but it definitely looks better than before, too. The range-topping SR trim we see here has some cool contrasting color stitching going on, and it even has a flat-bottom steering wheel. Again, we wouldn't count on those being in a base Versa.
Here it is, folks, the information you've been most eager to learn about the 2020 Toyota Supra: fuel economy! Wait, you say that wasn't what had you most excited? Oh well, we're going to talk about it anyway. The EPA's FuelEconomy.gov has just listed the BMW-powered sports car, and it gets 24 mpg in the city, 31 on the highway and 26 combined.
Those are fairly solid numbers, even more so when compared with its German sibling, the BMW Z4. The EPA has only listed numbers for the four-cylinder Z4, but it only gets one more mpg in the city and on the highway, and two more in combined. This is despite the fact that it makes 80 less horsepower and 70 less pound-feet of torque than the 335-horsepower Supra. And when both cars cost the same amount of money, the Supra seems like the obvious choice unless you have to have your BMW-derived sports car with a drop top.
Japan's next emperor will usher in a new name of the era. Following a Cabinet decision, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will announce the new name at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
On March 14, the government officially asked multiple experts to come up with two to five options for the new name. The experts have since submitted their proposals along with the meaning and source of each option.
Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed reservations about disclosing who will come up with the name for the country's new era, which begins when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes Emperor.
The government plans to announce the name of the era on April 1, one month before the Crown Prince ascends to the throne. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate the day before, bringing an end to the Heisei era.
Another teaser image has been released of the new electric crossover concept eloquently named Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer. It shows the crossover's profile, and most of the details are hidden in shadow. But with a little tweaking with some basic photo editing software, we can actually get a good look at the crossover.
What we see is actually a fairly conventional-looking crossover, one that doesn't look too far from production. The greenhouse is realistically tall, and the lights aren't too fantastical. The boldest design choice is the extra thick D-pillar with a vertical line next to the side windows. Other details are creases over the wheel arches that suggest fender flares where there are none, and a fender vent accent that clearly states the crossover has an electric powertrain. We can also see it has a roof box mounted on top, which must house the off-road lights we saw in the last teaser.
The details on AKB48's 55th single, to be released on March 13, have been revealed.
The title of Sashihara Rino's (HKT48) graduation single will be "Jiwaru DAYS." Type A's coupling track (currently untitled) will be sung by "AKB48 Coupling Senbatsu" comprised of Asai Nanami, Ota Nao, Onishi Momoka, Oda Erina, Kato Rena, Gyoten Yurina, Kubo Satone, Kuranoo Narumi, Komiyama Haruka, Sato Shiori, Suzuki Kurumi, Taguchi Manaka, Tanikawa Hijiri, Taniguchi Megu, Nishikawa Rei, Maeda Ayaka, Muto Tomu, Murayama Yuiri, Yamada Nanami, and Yokoyama Yui.
Fuel economy numbers for the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Corolla sedan have been released by FuelEconomy.gov, and the hybrid is impressively frugal. It gets 53 miles per gallon in town, 52 on the highway, and 52 combined. That puts the Corolla Hybrid right on par with both the regular Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, each of which have the same combined fuel economy numbers. Both do slightly better in town than the Corolla, but slightly worse on the highway.
As for the non-hybrid Corolla sedan, it boasts improved fuel economy over its predecessor. The most efficient model comes with the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder and CVT, and it hits 31 mpg in town, 40 on the highway and 34 combined. Choosing the XSE trim drops the highway number by 2 mpg. The outgoing Corolla's most efficient model matched highway and combined fuel economy, but only got 30 mpg in the city. That doesn't seem so impressive, but the new 2.0-liter engine makes 169 horsepower, compared to the old car's 140-horsepower 1.8-liter engine. Opting for a manual with the 2.0-liter engine drops fuel economy significantly, down to 29 in the city, 36 on the highway and 32 combined, but it again tops the old manual Corolla's numbers of 27 in town, 35 on the highway, and 30 combined.
The completely redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy just took the stage at the Chicago Auto Show, and it looks like a ... Subaru Legacy! We tease, because while Subaru has ever so subtly changed the metalwork everywhere you look, it's not obvious at first glance. Creases turn in slightly different directions, the fenders pop out just a bit more, and the wheels are different. To really see the difference, you should look at the cabin, underpinnings and mechanicals, where Subaru gave the seventh-generation Legacy a thorough overhaul.
Subaru hasn't changed the Legacy's identity, but we're glad to report that this "all-new" Legacy represents a significant step forward for the model. The midsize sedan hops onto the Subaru Global Platform introduced a couple years ago with the Impreza. This structure is much more rigid than the 2019 model year car's platform, and also increases the use of ultra-high-tensile steel and structural adhesives. All this basically means that the new Legacy is stiffer, lighter and safer than the outgoing model — all good qualities to inherit.