2021 Switch Release Schedule, Roblox Meets Game Builder Garage

Today: Nintendo posts record profits, but warns the COVID party won’t last forever — Make your own games for Switch with Game Builder Garage — Sony is already planning a new PlayStation 5 model

More Epic vs. Apple industry gossip

The console model relies heavily on software

Epic Games v. Apple has gone from an amusing spectacle to an overflowing buffet of insider information after internal documents from various game and tech industry giants became very public.

For example, Microsoft has never made a profit selling Xbox hardware, and Sony has only occasionally made a profit on PlayStation hardware. Only Nintendo cares about making money on their hardware, according to analyst Daniel Ahmad.

At a loss: Epic's lawyer Wes Earnhardt called Xbox Vice President Lori Wright as a third-party witness and asked her about Microsoft's profit margin on Xbox hardware. Her answer: "We sell the consoles at a loss,” meaning any and all profit Xbox generates is from software and services.

Consolation: Epic argues that Apple claiming 30% of the revenue earned via the App Store is anticompetitive, while Apple argues that this is simply the industry standard. Epic is trying to disprove this by showing that the console business is different from the mobile one, since no profit is made on hardware.

Who was the hero in Mortal Kombat: Deception’s Konquest Mode?

a) Ashrah
b) Liu Kang
c) Shujinko
d) Scorpion

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Nintendo is no filthy casual

Bandai Namco wanted to publish a simplified version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U on the assumption that Nintendo preferred casual games, according to producer Katsuhiro Harada.

Mushroom Battle mode adds Mario power-ups

Nintendo was not impressed, and demanded the full-on Tekken experience. When Bandai Namco suggested that the Mushroom Battle mode could feature random items like in Mario Kart, Nintendo demurred once again: Too different from the traditional gameplay.

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Nintendo expect sales drop through 2021

Nintendo Switch continued with strong sales during 2020

Nintendo's latest financial report looks just as good as you might expect, with net sales up 34.4% to $16.1 billion, improving net profit by 85.7% to $4.4 billion.

Nintendo attributes the enviable numbers to the “unique circumstances of the past year". The COVID-19 lockdown has driven sales of both games and hardware, and Nintendo expects lower sales in 2021.

Digital goods: Nintendo eShop sales have increased by 68.5% since consumers have avoided brick-and-mortar retail, and is now worth $3.1 billion. Overall software sales were up 34%, even though sales of physical media were down.

Revised NA/EU Switch release schedule for May

  • Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir – 14th May
  • Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind – 14th May
  • Miitopia – 21st May
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power – 4th June
  • Game Builder Garage – 11th June
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush – 25th June
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – 16th July
  • Pokémon Brilliant Diamond – Late 2021
  • Pokémon Shining Pearl – Late 2021
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Early 2022
  • Splatoon 3 – 2022
  • Project Triangle Strategy (working title) – 2022
  • Bayonetta 3 – TBA
  • Metroid Prime 4 (temp.) – TBA
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – TBA

Make your own games on Switch

Game Builder Garage is made by Nintendo

Game Builder Garage is not exactly a game, but a game-like game development suite aiming to make game programming accessible to hobbyists and kids.

The updated eShop store page for Game Builder Garage reveals that the game will require about 10GBs of storage, but the physical edition will have much lower storage requirements.

Visual coding: “Anyone can learn the basics of game design and visual programming with step-by-step lessons created by the minds at Nintendo,” according to the product description. Game Builder Garage features a node-based visual scripting language that attempts to make formal logic more intuitive.

Playful: Game Builder Garage provides a complete toolkit for building game systems and content such as levels, characters, and control schemes. Your creations can be shared on Nintendo Switch Online using Nintendo's tried-and-true codes.

Epic offered Sony a VR launch title

According to documents from Epic Games v. Apple, Epic Games offered to develop a launch title for Sony's next-generation PlayStation VR platform, on the condition that Sony enabled crossplay for Fortnite on PlayStation 4. While Sony eventually yielded and allowed crossplay, it's unclear whether they took Epic up on the VR offer.

Larcenauts team up on Oculus and Steam

Impulse Gear has just released the launch trailer for Larcenauts, a class-based 6v6 shooter for Oculus and SteamVR taking heavy inspiration from Overwatch and Team Fortress 2.

Protonwar goes free to play

Shooter Protonwar has gone free-to-play after a first gestating in Early Access and finally launching in March 2018. “We have chosen to do this as a gesture of goodwill to the VR community,” Outer Planet Studios announced, and you can grab a free copy on Steam right now.

Who was the hero in Mortal Kombat: Deception’s Konquest Mode?

Only he can destroy this threat, born of deception.

ANSWER: Shujinko!

Mortal Kombat struggled with its transition into 3D, and Mortal Kombat: Deception isn't exactly a classic. It features an oddball mix of game modes, including the Shujinko: Konquest Mode. Shujinko is Japanese for main character, and his story serves as a prequel to the arcade mode and a sort of tutorial that introduces the use of certain fighters.

Unlike the other characters, Shujinko's moves must be unlocked by progressing in Konquest Mode, so you won't be able to use his full move set until you've trudged through the whole thing, which makes him pretty useless at first. Maybe that's why Cassie Cage had such an easy time whacking him in Mortal Kombat X?

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!