Kirby Fighters 2 Surprise, Tokyo Game Show Round-up

Today: Surprise release of a brand new Kirby game for Switch
— Fall Guys has the best first month for a PC game since Overwatch
— Major Nelson interviews Bethesda heads about new and old games

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online Day 1

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online started streaming today, and will feature 36 streams across four days. It opened with a Microsoft showcase, continued with gameplay footage from Square Enix’s NieR and then Lightning Games.

Day 1 of the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online

Microsoft

  • Xbox Series S price cut by ¥3,000 to ¥29,980, while Series X stays at ¥49,980
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator adds Japanese locations on September 29th
    • Upgraded digital elevation map across Japan
    • Higher resolution 3D photogrammetry
    • Mount Fuji, Himeji castle, and Itsukushima Shrine added

Square Enix

Where did Kirby’s name come from?

a) A Japanese Snack Food
b) An American Lawyer
c) A Developer’s Dog
d) A Real Estate Firm

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.

Wherefore art thou Ripley?

Creative Assembly’s terrifying Alien: Isolation took everyone by surprise, managing to capture the spirit of the original Alien movie. Being chased around Sevastopol station by a xenomorph is already pretty harrowing, but there were ideas for making it even more uncomfortable.

Hell is empty and all the devils are here

At a certain point in the story, the Working Joe androids turn into dangerous enemies that must be avoided or destroyed. They get glowing red eyes to indicate their hostile state, but they were also supposed to recite spooky lines from Shakespeare. However, the idea was scrapped since it didn’t fit the game’s overall tone, and the recorded lines did not appear in the final release.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

13 Sentinels Codes and Artbook

You have a chance to nab a 13 Sentinels code for PlayStation 4 if you refer DailyBits to a friend! Use our widget to start earning referrals, which you can build up throughout the year to increase your chance of being selected.

13 Sentinels is available now on PlayStation 4 for $59.99 or £49.99, and we’ve got codes to hand out this week, with the giveaway ending this Friday. One lucky winner will also get the Artbook!

13 Sentinels Aegis Rim comes with an art book for one of our lucky subscribers

Vanillaware, the storytellers behind Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, craft a sci-fi mystery epic spanning thirteen intertwining stories. Uncover the truth and delve into a 2D sidescrolling adventure featuring gorgeous art and environments. Battle the kaiju in fast-paced, top-down combat. Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry, and fight to defend humanity!

Kirby Fighters 2 just appeared on Switch

Kirby Fighters 2 briefly appeared on the official Nintendo website before getting pulled off, and now it just got released.

Kirby Fighters 2 leaked and then it launched to fan surprise

Kirby Fighters 2 lets different Kirby forms battle it out, and features a story mode you can enjoy in co-op or with an AI companion. Competitive multiplayer supports up to four players locally or via Switch Online if you have subscription.

Copycat: “Choose from a cast of Kirby’s most iconic copy abilities – including the brand-new Wrestler ability – and duke it out to be the last Kirby standing. Familiar friends and foes like Bandana Waddle Dee and King Dedede also make an appearance as playable characters,” according to the Nintendo eShop listing.

Out now: There’s also a Single-Handed mode where you try to defeat as many enemies as you can, as fast as you can. There are items to collect, fighters to rank up, a rewards list to complete and plenty of stages to fight in. Kirby Fighters 2 is available now for $20.

Fall Guys “highest-earning launch” on PC since Overwatch in May 2016

SuperData has some interesting numbers showing what’s going on in the global digital market for video games in August.

Mediatonic's Fall Guys has been a huge breakout hit

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout dominated PC digital sales in August, with around 8.2 million PC players buying the game and earning it $185 million in sales. “The breakout success of Fall Guys was especially impressive since it came from a relatively small development team,” added SuperData, pointing to how its popularity was fueled by platforms like Twitch.

Strong sales: Horizon Zero Dawn sold 716k copies in its first month on PC, having originally launched for PlayStation 4 in early 2017, nearly matching The Witcher III: Wild Hunt‘s first-month sales. Fortnite revenue grew 76% month-over-month on PC and console, despite losing mobile revenue.

Big billions: Pokémon Go continued its upward momentum and broke its all-time earnings record, taking in 25% more than its peak in August 2016. “It benefited from warm weather and frequent limited-time events that appealed to its passionate player base,” they explained.

Digital games earned $82.8bn in the first 8 months of 2020, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year.

PlayStation 5 pre-orders open again soon

The rush is still on to secure a PlayStation 5 on launch day, and pre-orders will open again tomorrow morning in the UK as more stock arrives at retailers. More stock should also be available soon in other parts of the world.

Many retailers have already sold out their pre-order allotments, and it will probably be hard to get a next-gen PlayStation without queuing up outside a retailer on launch day – but that’s no reason to give up!

Here’s a list of retailers that might be going in and out of stock during the next few days:

US (Standard $499 / Digital $399)

UK (Standard £450 / Digital £360)

Australia (Standard $750 / Digital $600)

We’re continuing to monitor when more PlayStation 5’s become available for pre-order, and you can also keep track of it live on our PS5 pre-order and price guide.

Where did Kirby’s name come from?

ANSWER: An American Lawyer!

Thanks for representing us, here’s a cute puffball.

Who would you name a cute pink blob that gobbles up everything after? Why, a lawyer of course!

No, that’s not a joke: Kirby is named after John Kirby, a lawyer who defended Nintendo against Universal Pictures. If you haven’t heard about it, it was the trial that decided Donkey Kong was not infringing on Universal’s rights to the character King Kong.

That case was a pretty big deal for Nintendo back then, and that means John Kirby is one of the reasons Nintendo was able to flourish. So if you decide to check out the new Kirby Fighters game, send a warm thought to his namesake.

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

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