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Photo: Stephen Totilo/Axios. Courtesy of Nintendo

A Bloomberg report claiming 11 game developers have access to Nintendo Switch 4K development kits is sparking confusion about the existence of the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro.

Driving the news: Bloomberg published a story yesterday in which it says that employees at the game companies, including Zynga, claim to have the dev kits.

  • That system wouldn't be out until at least late next year, Bloomberg reports.

What they're saying: Nintendo has disavowed the report on Twitter, saying that it has "no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch — OLED Model."

  • The report "falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support," Nintendo said. "To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true."
  • A Zynga spokesperson told Axios that the company "does not have a 4K developer kit from Nintendo."
  • "As a Switch developer for the upcoming 'Star Wars: Hunters' game that Zynga announced on a recent Nintendo Direct, we can confirm that none of the developer kits Zynga has or is in receipt of are 4K developer kits."

The big picture: Nintendo announced its new Switch OLED model in July with a higher price tag and a bigger screen.

  • But rumors about a "Switch Pro" model, which would include 4K, circulated for months ahead of its reveal, leaving many fans stumped.
  • Bloomberg reports the lack of 4K was because of component shortages, which have plagued the game industry and beyond due to COVID-19.

What's next: The Nintendo Switch OLED model launches Oct. 8.

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Driving the news: The Trilogy — which packages "Grand Theft Auto III," "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" will be available via PlayStation Store, the Microsoft Store on Xbox, Nintendo eShop and the Rockstar Games Launcher.

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A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.