Nintendo can use Kadabra again, PS2 Games on Xbox

Today: COVID-19 has been good for videogames, but bad for arcades — Nintendo’s first Japanese theme park finally has an opening date — Xbox Series X/S is even backwards-compatible with PlayStation 2

Uri Geller no longer angry about Kadabra

Famous illusionist Uri Geller has offered a public apology 20 years after he sued Nintendo, claiming the Psychic-type Pokémon Kadabra used his likeness without permission.

Nintendo ceased printing Kadabra after Geller's legal threat

Kadabra, who is named Yungeller in Japan, has a red star on his forehead and brandishes a spoon – a clear reference to Geller's trademark spoon bending trick. Geller's legal action succeeded, and the card went out of print in the early 2000s.

There is no spoon: “Due to the tremendous volume of emails I am still getting begging me to allow Nintendo to bring back Kadabra/Yungeller, I sent … a letter to the chairman of Nintendo giving them permission to relaunch the Uri Geller Kadabra/Yungeller worldwide,” he announced.

Great regret: Geller also tweeted an apology: “I am truly sorry for what I did 20 years ago. Kids and grownups I am releasing the ban. It’s now all up to #Nintendo to bring my #kadabra #pokemon card back.” He said the letter had been received by at least “two Nintendo representatives.”

What was the name of the third CD-i Zelda game along with Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon?

a) Zelda’s Adventure
b) Link’s Crossbow Training
c) BS Zelda no Densetsu: Inishie no Sekiban
d) Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland

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.

Hard Knock Life for Sonya Blade

Mortal Kombat: Special Forces was an action-adventure for PlayStation starring Jax and Sonya Blade, but time constraints and series co-creator John Tobias’ departure from Midway Games meant the game was cut down to size. Sonya was put on ice, and the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast versions were also shelved.

Lack of time fatally finished off Sonya Blade

Special Forces was Midway’s second Mortal Kombat spin-off, the first being the platform-action-RPG Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. More were planned, but only Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks made it out the door towards the end of the sixth console generation.

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Organised crime and remastered delights

It’s a good week for games with Empire of Sin, Immortals Fenyx Rising and Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition. Not a bad warm-up for next week, when Cyberpunk 2077 is finally unleashed on the world.

An offer you shouldn’t refuse from Romero Games

Tuesday – December 01

  • Chronos: Before the Ashes for PC, NS, PS4, XBO, Stadia
  • Empire of Sin for PC, Mac, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds for Rift, Index, Vive
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege for PS5, XSX
  • Twin Mirror for PC, PS4, XBO
  • Worms Rumble for PC, PS4, PS5

Wednesday – December 02

  • Sam & Max Save the World Remastered for PC, NS
  • Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate for PC, NS

Thursday – December 03

  • Absolute Drift for NS
  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy for NS, PS4, PS5
  • Haven for PC, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia
  • PHOGS! for PC, NS, PS4, XBO, Stadia
  • Wildfire for NS, PS4, XBO

Friday – December 04

  • DARQ: Complete Edition for PC, PS4, XBO
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition for PC, PS4, XBO
  • Commandos 2 – HD Remaster for NS
  • FIFA 21 for PS5, XSX
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light for NS
  • Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise for NS
  • John Wick Hex for NS, XBO
  • Madden NFL 21 for PS5, XSX
  • Tanuki Sunset for PC

Sega’s arcade division is in trouble, but the rest of the games business is doing great

Sega Sammy Holdings have been in dire straits and have been forced to shut down their iconic Akihabara arcade, sell off the majority of Sega Amusements and still lost a good deal of money.

Sega's arcades have suffered but not the games

Fortunately, the money trouble only affects the arcade and pachinko divisions of the Japanese side of the company. Sega Europe's president Gary Dale is very optimistic about the company's future as a game developer and publisher.

Tokyo focused: "There's no impact to the games business, whether that's in Japan, or certainly outside Japan in the US or in Europe," Dale told GamesIndustry.biz. Reports saying the company is in hot water are reading too much into news about Sega Sammy in Japan, he added.

Buoyant sales: "We are extremely close to Sega Japan. I think you'd be surprised at how often we speak to our Japanese bosses in Tokyo — it is every day, and the business runs really tight together." The lockdown has benefited game sales like it has for everyone else in the industry.

Viewership record for PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile World League set new records for viewership earlier this year by attracting 1.1 million viewers, but the PUBG Mobile Global Championship has already beat it by reaching 1,588,477 viewers.

Average daily viewership after four days is 505,194, spread across Facebook, Nimo TV, Twitch and YouTube.

Super stays with San Francisco Shock

San Francisco Shock was signed Matthew “super” DeLisi for the upcoming 2021 season, which means the majority of the roster will return for next year's Overwatch league.

DeLisi originally signed with San Francisco Shock in 2017, but he was too young to compete in the Overwatch League at the time. He was part of their championship roster in 2019 and 1020, and is also the de facto spokesperson of the league, often appearing in interviews.

  • First Super Nintendo World theme park opens on February 4th with grand opening in Osaka, Japan after COVID-19 delays
  • Fan has completed remakes of the much-maligned CD-i Zelda games, spending 4 years bringing The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon back to life
  • One minute of silence for David Prowse in Star Wars: The Old Republic as fans mourn loss of actor who portrayed Darth Vader
  • FAQ for Doom Eternal for Switch reveals launch date, expect Hell on Switch on December 8th, so make sure you have 18.8GB free
  • Enjoy PlayStation 2 games on Xbox Series S with RetroArch dev builds which features console emulators

As we head into the end of the year, we're going to be giving away a PlayStation 5 to one lucky reader. The winner will be revealed in the Christmas eve issue of DailyBits.

You can find out more about this giveaway on our dedicated page.

Here’s the Giveaway Code for Week 49, which will allow you to gain more points: 1288

What was the name of the third CD-i Zelda game along with Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon?

ANSWER: Zelda’s Adventure!

Did you think Zelda needed more FMV Have we got the game for you

The whole internet knows about Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon, but there was a CD-i game that tried to follow the classic Zelda formula: Zelda’s Adventure from 1994, by a studio named Viridis.

Ganon has captured Link and started an Age of Darkness by stealing seven celestial signs and scattering them in the kingdom of Tolemac, and it’s up to Zelda herself to save the day. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a classic. It’s sloppily designed, difficult to play and generally failed to live up to the standard established by the earlier Zelda games.

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