Fans Create Nookopoly, Nintendo Eradicating PlayStation in Japan?

Today: Finally a videogame to board game crossover that makes sense — Why do gamers keep believing shifty developers promising too much? — Apple VR headset reportedly features two 8K screens

Nintendo is bigger than Sony in Japan

Switch is doing great. So great, in fact, that it appears to be completely outcompeting PlayStation in Japan, according to one analyst.

Stock shortages still hinder PlayStation 5

Japan is the home of both Sony and Nintendo, and has proved to be a notoriously hard market to crack for Microsoft. Looks like that will be even harder in the future, since Switch is wiping the floor with PlayStation according to Hideki Yasuda of Ace Research Institute.

Switch dominance: The senior analyst cites the huge disparity between Switch and PlayStation 4 game sales: 2,070,506 Switch games vs 21,425 PlayStation 4 games sold between December 28th last year and January 30th this year. There is only one PlayStation 4 title in Famitsu's top 30 sales charts.

PlayStation decline: PlayStation 5 isn't even represented in the sales chart, and Yasuda adds that the PlayStation brand's decline in Japan “has become a well-known fact.”. Switch made up no less than 87% of hardware sales in Japan last year, spurred by the COVID-19 lockdowns.

What was the first game in the Total War franchise?

a) Napoleon: Total War
b) Shogun: Total War
c) Medieval: Total War
d) Empire: Total War

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.

The mystery of the missing wrestlers

Yuke’s WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 features six unused announcer calls for Maven, Kenzo Suzuki, and Mr. America, suggesting that the trio was cut from the game at the last minute.

Three wrestlers close-lined out the roster

Some fans have speculated that their contracts could have expired, but that didn’t stop wrestlers like Spike Dudley, Mark Jindrak and Joy Giovanni from appearing. Maybe the answer is simple, and the developers just ran out of time?

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Fans create Nookopoly board game

Who needs Monopoly when you have Nookopoly? Animal Crossing fans celebrates the enterprising raccoon’s business acumen by making him his very own board game.

Raymond gets the coveted Mayfair spot

Their hard work is racking up the votes on Reddit. All the properties and utilities have been replaced with Animal Crossing counterparts, dollars are replaced by bells and jail is replaced by the ship.

Animal capital: The game is also a bit more overtly sinister than Monopoly, since you are literally buying villagers rather than properties. One commenter joked that this was animal trafficking, which is surprisingly fitting considering some Animal Crossing players trade villagers online.

Cease and desist: The art projects took about three months to complete, and Tom Nook himself would be proud of the fans' entrepreneurial spirit. Perhaps Nintendo and Hasbro will be inspired rather than siccing their lawyers on the creative fans for once?

Ori creator bemoans videogame snake oil

Moon Studios creative director Thomas Mahler is less than impressed by the “snake oil salesmen” of the games industry.

Mahler wants to ‘right the wrong’ of this cycle

“It all started with Molyneux,” begins Mahler’s lengthy rant. Peter Molyneux created Magic Carpet, Black & White, Fable and many other classic games but was also famous for promising too much and delivering ambitious but buggy games. “He pulled this shit for a good decade or more” until “some pretty damn shoddy games” finally broke the spell.

’Pie in the Sky’: “Then came Sean Murray, who apparently had learned straight from the Peter Molyneux handbook,” he continued. Mahler is not impressed with the hype surrounding No Man’s Sky and the way Murray encouraged it right up until the game was released and prompted a significant backlash from disappointed gamers.

Runaway hype: He rounds off by pillorying CD Projekt RED and Cyberpunk 2077 for letting people believe “you can do fucking everything”. The end result fell short of expectations, but Mahler is most upset that everyone keeps 'buying into the snake oil’.

Impressive Oculus Quest 2 sales

SuperData claims Oculus Quest 2 set a sales record in the last three months of 2020 for PC VR headsets. The Samsung Gear VR sold around 1.4 million units in the last three months of 2016, but depended on a mobile phone.

The Quest 2 is reasonably priced and is the first VR headset launched around the holiday season, while also having impressive specifications and supporting both stand-alone and PC play. PlayStation VR sold 125,000 units, Valve Index sold 61,000 and Oculus Rift/S sold 55,000 units in the same period.

More reports about Apple's foray into VR

Apple is getting ready to enter the VR market, but the real goal seems to be establishing a foothold in virtual reality and then dominate the emerging augmented reality market. The current prototype sports over a dozen cameras that track and record data which is then represented and merged with computer-generated imagery.

The headset will feature dual 8K displays, far higher resolution than any of the competitors, and Apple is reportedly aiming to ship the product sometime in 2022. The first headset is expected to cost around $3000 and is not expected to perform well in the consumer market. It should, however, be understood as a demonstration of Apple's ambitions.

What was the first game in the Total War franchise?

ANSWER: Back when 3D RTSs were a big deal

Only in the 2000s could a price tag become a meme

It has been almost 20 year since Shogun Total War launched the Total War series and put Creative Assembly on the map. Before that, they made rugby games for EA but since then they have grown into a force to be reckoned with, exploring genres like action-adventure and first-person horror as well as grand strategy.

Shogun Total War was designed with historical authenticity in mind, and Creative Assembly hired the military historian Stephen Turnbull as a consultant. Realistic warfare coupled with impressive 3D landscapes and myriads of units was completely unique at the time, and there is still no studio that can match the scope and ambition of Creative Assembly’s games.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.