Niantic Reveals Catan AR, Nintendo Sorry for Joy-Con drift

TODAY: FPS competitions have a surprisingly long history of cheating — Niantic announces location-based AR game based on Settlers of Catan — Nintendo bans retailers from selling codes for first-party Nintendo games

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Nintendo will stick to online events until the COVID-19 pandemic is over

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has confirmed that there are still no plans for any offline events or shows until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

That means Nintendo will stick to Nintendo Direct streams for the time being, which doesn’t bother Nintendo since they’re a highly effective way to communicate with their fans and customers.

Drift apology: Shuntaro Furukawa also recognized and apologized for Joy-Con drift, a design problem that causes some analogue sticks to register erroneous input.

Class-action: Nintendo is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over Joy-Con drift, and are accused of knowing about the problem but not recalling or replacing stock. To make amends, Nintendo will repair or replace faulty units.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which Famicom game asks players to sing and scream into their controllers?

  • Time Warp Tickers
  • Quantum Fighter
  • Banishing Racer
  • Takeshi’s Challenge

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.

Daily Fact

Apogee’s Wolfenstein 3D competitions were all ruined by cheaters and mods

Wolfenstein 3D featured a virtual treasure hunt, with a message hidden at the end of a tricky maze in the eighth stage of the second episode: “Call Apogee and say Aardwolf”.

In later versions the text was replaced by a pile of bones or the maze was simply walled off. Apogee was forced to cancel the competition because cheat tools and map editors appeared shortly after launch, making the challenge too easy.

Apogee also tried to hold a high-score contest where players could submit verifiable codes, but it was still possible to cheat so this idea was scrapped too.

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Catan: World Explorers AR

Catan: World Explorers from Niantic

Niantic has announced an AR version of famous board game Settlers of Catan named Catan: World Explorers which uses the real world as a board.

Like Pokémon Go, Catan: World Explorers will use smartphones to tie the game into real-world locations via an online platform that “transforms the entire Earth into one giant game of CATAN.”

Trade and build: Collect wheat, wood, brick, ore and wool to expand your settlements and trade with other players. You can also play in teams by forming factions.

Pre-registeration: You can earn victory points on both the local and global level to boost your faction’s score and “win rewards that follow you into future seasons!” Pre-registration just opened today.

Nintendo Game Codes

Nintendo doesn’t want anyone selling their first-party games on the cheap

Nintendo has just decided to ban all European, Middle-Eastern and African retailers from selling download codes for their first-party games.

That means outlets like ShopTo.net can no longer sell codes for games published by Nintendo, and leaves the Nintendo eShop as the only authorized retailer. Third-party releases remain unaffected.

Digital monopoly: Retailers usually undercut the eShop on price, most likely hurting Nintendo’s own direct sales. This decision was reached after “careful examination of the evolving European marketplace in recent years,” according to Nintendo. You will still be able to buy Switch Online memberships, eShop funds and other add-ons from independent retailers.

EMEA sale ban: “…due to a Nintendo decision for all EMEA territories, as from Tomorrow 30/06/20 at 23:00 we are no longer able to offer/sell Nintendo digital full games,” stated ShopTo. The ban does not affect physical copies of Nintendo first-party games, so retailers are still free to compete with the eShop on price – if not convenience.

What Else Happened Today?

Game Review

Trackmania Review

Developer: Ubisoft Nadeo

Version tested: PC

Trackmania is finally back, complete with the series’ trademark track editor and time trial challenges. It’s far from a simulator, but occupies its very own niche of online high-score chasing quite apart from the average kart racer or demolition derby.

Your goal is simple: Get to the finish line as quickly as possible. That might not sound particularly out of the ordinary, but the surrealist, over-the-top tracks coupled with a very characteristic driving model makes Trackmania into a unique affair. Tracks can feature mutators such as not allowing steering or lowering your speed, which gives track designers a lot of tools for making unusual experiences.

Unfortunately, it also means that tracks veer between straightforward racing challenges to weird puzzle boxes with lots of trial and error. On one hand, it means the game is varied and that you never know exactly what to expect from the daily track challenge the game presents you with.

If you want to keep the daily tracks and use the advanced level editor, you need to pay for a Standard subscription. You can upgrade to the Club subscription to customize your vehicle and unlock a collection of grand prix tracks, but it’s really only worth it for die-hard fans.

If you like time trials, surprises and can stand the occasional head-scratcher, Trackmania will definitely deliver the goods. It’s easy to learn and hard to master, while the track editor is essentially a ticket to infinite fun. If you’re as competitive as you are creative, Trackmania is a pretty compelling package.

Thumbs Up

  • Track editor
  • Accessible

Thumbs Down

  • Uneven track design
  • Subscription service

Score: 7/10

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which Famicom game asks players to sing and scream into their controllers?

Answer: Takeshi’s Challenge!

If you thought masocore games was a recent phenomenon, you clearly haven’t played Takeshi’s Challenge.

Conceived by esteemed entertainer Takeshi Kitano, it opens with a foreboding message: “This game is made by a man who hates videogames”. What follows is a savagely unfun collection of pointless, frustrating busywork. The game even uses the second controller’s built-in microphone, a feature not included in the western NES models.

The game tasks you with singing karaoke to earn a treasure map, but if you’re not confident in your singing voice you can also just scream into the microphone or tap A repeatedly. After doing this three times, you provoke a bar fight and need to beat up everyone to get the treasure map. A remarkably realistic portrayal of the karaoke experience for an 8-bit console!

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