Nintendo Comments on Streaming, Elden Ring Leaks

Today: Squint and you might see some Elden Ring horseback action — No E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year either — Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake will finally be out this year 

Nintendo is not betting on streaming

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa says streaming is not a big priority for his company, although Nintendo is obviously “always actively researching technologies”.

Tech doesn’t always deliver what’s fun

Furukawa talked to Nikkei about what's next for the company, and Nintendo's focus is on selling games rather than hopping on the latest hype train. Judging by Google's recent vote of no confidence in Stadia and Microsoft's rather quiet handling of xCloud, it looks like it is a bit early to declare streaming the future of gaming.

Fun above all: “People all over the world enjoying games by utilizing the various features of smartphones, personal computers, and dedicated gaming consoles. I’m sure new offerings like cloud gaming and streaming will emerge, but they won’t be a top priority when choosing what game to play,” Furukawa told Nikkei.

Trendsetting: Furukawa emphasized the “contents of a game as well as the kind of games you can play” as most important, but that Nintendo acknowledges that technology plays a fundamental role in videogames and that they are “always actively researching technologies that could be the starting point of something fun.”

What was the last game from Sega’s Team Andromeda?

a) Shining Force III
b) Die Hard Arcade
c) Panzer Dragoon Saga
d) Deep Fear

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.

Rage quitting life out of pure shame

Marvellous Interactive’s Harvest Moon DS has some darkly humorous ways to end the game. For example, you can add a level 100 poison mushroom to the community stew during the festival to Jim Jones the entire town in one fell swoop. Once the stew has cooked and you have a bowl, the game credits will roll.

‘Don’t eat it’ includes not putting it in stews

You can also win the game a bit early if you let your dog attack the mayor. If all this wickedness makes you want to shack up with the Witch Princess, we got bad news: The North American version of the game has a bug that prevents you from marrying her. To ask for her hand, 50 animals must have died on your farm, but the bug simply prevents them from being counted.

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

Get down with the sickness

The week begins with Harvest Moon: One World braying and neighing onto the scene, followed by Yakuza: Like a Dragon bringing a life of crime to PlayStation 5, while Friday brings console owners the opportunity to get that embarrassing thing checked out at Two Point Hospital.

Two Point Hospital is the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital

Tuesday – March 2nd

  • Harvest Moon: One World for NS, PS4
  • Neptunia Virtual Stars for PS4
  • Maquette for PC, PS4, PS5
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon for PS5

Thursday – March 4th

  • Ar Nosurge DX for PC, NS, PS4
  • Ciel Nosurge DX for PC, NS, PS4
  • Gnosia for NS
  • Loop Hero for PC
  • Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition for PS5, XSX
  • Sea of Solitude: Director's Cut for NS

Friday – March 5th

  • Postal Redux for PS4
  • Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition for NS, PS4, XBO

A short, blurry glimpse at Elden Ring

A glimpse of FromSoftware's George R. R. Martin collaboration Elden Ring has has leaked, showing off some combat and horse riding in blurry, low-resolution footage.

Elden Ring began development in early 2017

The footage is marked as confidental and water-marked as belonging to Bandai Namco, and while it's not easy to see what's going on, it's still comforting to know that Elden Ring is alive and well.

’No Xbox event’: Originally announced at E3 2019, Elden Ring has been missing in action since then. The only recent sign of life apart from the leaked footage has been an Xbox executive denying the game will be shown at this month's Xbox event.

Game of Souls: Director Hidetaka Miyazaki called Elden Ring “an evolution” of the Souls series, FromSoftware's genre-defining masocore RPG series. Elden Ring is in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – and it seems reasonable to assume it will grace next-generation consoles as well.

Win a copy of Mail Mole for PC or Switch

A charming 3D platformer called Mail Mole is our latest giveaway prize and it’s from indie Talpa Games and Undercoders. In order to save Carrotland from disaster you’ve got to deliver the mail, make new friends, solve puzzles, and race against Mecha-Moles!

Saving Carrotland one stamped envelope at a time

Mail Mole launches this week and for a chance to win one of our 5 giveaway codes for either Steam (PC) or the Nintendo Switch all you need to do is follow us @DailyBitsGaming, retweet us and visit the DailyBits website. Check out the Mail Mole Giveaway to learn more.

What was the last game from Sega’s Team Andromeda?

ANSWER: Panzer Dragoon Saga!

Wishing for a Panzer Dragoon Saga rerelease is like asking for the Saturn to not flop

Platform holders and big publishers tend to form stable in-house development teams, and one of Sega’s major divisions during the Saturn days was Team Andromeda. They created Panzer Dragoon, arguably the most durable of the new IPs Sega introduced on the ill-fated console, spanning on-rails shooters and an epic role-playing game.

Team Andromeda didn’t survive Panzer Dragoon Saga’s commercial failure, and most of the staff was reassigned to Smilebit, who went on to make games like Jet Set Radio and Gunvalkyrie. While the two first Panzer Dragoon games will be be remade for modern consoles, Panzer Dragoon Saga will most likely never resurface, since Sega lost the source code, making a remaster or remake a rather daunting prospect.

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