Monster Hunter Boosts Capcom, Apple’s VR Headset

Today: Mysterious new Pokémon trademarks filed in Japan — Apple might be the next major virtual reality company — Ever wanted a sneaker that can play games in 4K? NZXT has the shoe for you

Resident Evil 3 boosts Capcom revenue

2020 was a good year for Capcom, who reported 20% higher revenues than projected thanks to solid growth in its digital content business.

Jill and Carlos boosted income for Capcom

Resident Evil 3 Remake and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne have done most of the heavy lifting, even though Resident Evil 3 Remake has not quite matched the astounding success of Resident Evil 2 Remake. Capcoms amusement equipment division has also performed better than expected.

Pre-order profits: “Additionally, orders for Monster Hunter Rise, a major new title scheduled for release in March of this year, are off to a promising start,” Capcom told investors. “Altogether, this has led us to expect this business to outperform our plan.”

Still going strong: Resident Evil 3 Remake sold 2.7 million copies in its first three months on sale, 55% less than Resident Evil 2 Remake's 4.2 million sales in its two first months, which is hardly surprising considering Resident Evil 2's legendary status.

Which of these characters do you not fight in Kingdom Hearts?

a) Squall
b) Yuffie
c) Zack
d) Neku

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.

You’re out of memory you scurvy dog

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest from Rare would scan the hardware in its cartridge as an anti-piracy measure. If there is no SRAM present or any other test fails, the game would refuse to run and display an anti-piracy message instead.

Studios can sometimes get creative with anti-piracy

The game’s manual features a reference to the Super Mario Bros. minus world glitch: On page 18, it explains that plus barrels add time, while minus barrels “send you to the minus world!”

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

New Pokémon trademarks filed in Japan

This year marks Pokémon’s 25th anniversary so expect the unexpected as The Pokémon Company gears up for celebration.

Ash has been 10 years-old for the past 25 years

GameFreak has filed trademarks for Pokémon Wonder covering the fields food, beverage, education and food/accommodation, as well as Fusion Arts for games, toys and playthings.

Mystery trademark: The trademarks are only registered for Japan, so it's hard to tell what Pokémon Wonder might be used for. There's already a Pokémon Café, so maybe there will be a new concept?

Trading card game: The Fusion Arts trademark could be related to the Pokémon trading card game, which will apparently receive some special attention during the anniversary. There are also persistent rumours of a Pokémon Diamond & Pearl remake for Switch, and still no news about the mysterious musical partnership with Katy Perry.

Apple dipping toes into VR market

There are rumours that Apple is looking to elbow its way into the virtual reality market by launching their own headset next year.

Apple will face stiff competition in the VR market

According to Bloomberg, the headset is codenamed N301 and is in the late prototype stage of development. It's supposed to be a precursor to the company's augmented reality strategy and is the first step towards Apple glasses.

Expensive: Apple's offering will apparently be much more expensive than competing headsets, meaning it will probably be over $1000. The headset will be stand-alone and feature hand tracking, and be made from fabric to ensure it is light and comfortable.

Road to AR: “Apple is aiming to include some of its most advanced and powerful chips in the headset along with displays that are much higher-resolution than those in existing VR products,” claims Bloomberg.

Ubisoft hiring for more VR projects

Ubisoft is diving head first into virtual reality development, and are hiring for Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell projects in development at their studios in Dusseldorf and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

They are looking for a network programmer for Splinter Cell, who will work on “developing multiplayer core features and game services using existing online infrastructure.” It appears the games are being developed using Unity.

Breakdance is the hot new thing in VRChat

Lots have happened with VRChat since launch, including full-body tracking that is facilitating virtual breakdance competitions and events in virtual reality. Dancing is nothing new in VRChat, but the technology is much more precise and streamlined now, and COVID-19 lockdowns have helped drive adoption.

Which of these characters do you not fight in Kingdom Hearts?

ANSWER: Neku!

I don't get people. Never have. Never will

Love it or hate it, Kingdom Hearts is certainly an unusual crossover. It’s most famous for mixing Final Fantasy and Disney characters, but there are quite a few other Square-Enix characters dotted around in the far corners of the franchise.

For example, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance features characters from The World Ends With You, and no – you don’t get to beat up emo boy Neku. Instead, you must help him defeat Dream Eaters in a Reaper Game in Traverse Town. Sure, it’s basically just fan service, but so what? It’s refreshingly left-field.

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