Nintendo denies 4K Switch model, Zynga comments

Today: Nintendo denies reports about 4K Switch dev kits — David Jaffe claims he’s not sore about being left out of Twisted Metal revival — Grand Theft Auto trilogy remaster appears to be real

Reports of Switch 4K dev tools “not true”, claims Nintendo

Photo of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

Nintendo has issued an official response to investors and customers following a Bloomberg article claiming that Nintendo has been “supplying dev tools for a Switch model with 4K support.”

“A news report on Sept. 30, 2021 falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support,” Nintendo stated. “We want to clarify that this report is not true.”

OLED only: Nintendo insists that there are “no plans for any new model” apart from the upcoming Switch OLED model, which launches on October 8th, contrary to all the rumours of a Switch Pro that have swirled practically since the console launched in 2017.

False claim: Bloomberg's source claims that employees from 11 different developers have access to “Switch 4K development tools”, mentioning Zynga, the development team working on the upcoming Star Wars: Hunters game for Switch.

Zynga Comments: We reached out to Zynga for comment, and it replied to DailyBits with the following:

  • As a Switch developer for the upcoming Star Wars: Hunters game that Zynga announced on a recent Nintendo Direct, we can confirm that none of the developer kits Zynga has or is in receipt of are 4K developer kits.

The OLED model of the Switch is just days away now, launching next week on the 8th October. Will you be picking it up, or do you feel that you'd rather wait for a possible 4K version down the line? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

What was the first arcade game to use laserdisc?

a) Astron Belt
b) Space Ace
c) Dragon’s Lair
d) Quarter Horse

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.

Xbox Live Stream and Monster Hunter Spotlight from Tokyo Game Show 2021

Phil Spencer presenting TGS 2021 Xbox Live Stream

Tokyo Game Show is underway, and Microsoft has broadcast its Xbox Live Stream while Capcom revealed a new Monster Hunter expansion in its Capcom Online Program – Monster Hunter Spotlight.

The next Monster Hunter Rise Capcom Collab introduces naturist Knight Arthur from Ghosts 'n Goblins, and Sonic is confirmed for an appearance at some point. Monster Hunter Rise is launching on Steam on January 12th next year, and a demo will be available on October 13th.

Capcom also announced Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, an expansion launching next summer, and then revealed the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin update with a highlight trailer.

Microsoft has launched Xbox Cloud Gaming in Brazil and Mexico, while Japan and Australia will follow on October 1st. Scarlet Nexus and AI: The Somnium Files are coming to Game Pass, Back for Blood now has a launch trailer, and Bethesda's upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield will include “over 150,000 lines of dialogue.”, with the game also being translated to Japanese.

Sony “should’ve called” about Twisted Metal revival says co-creator David Jaffe

David Jaffe holding Sweet Tooth ‘action figure’

PlayStation is reviving classic vehicle combat series Twisted Metal, to the considerable surprise of series creator David Jaffe who hadn't heard a peep about the plans before they were officially announced.

“Let’s be clear: Sony owes me nothing, our relationship ended somewhere in late 2018,” Jaffe said on YouTube. “Emotionally, it feels sh***y, if any of this is true…”

Worthwhile: Even so, Jaffe is happy with where he is at now, even if the price he has to pay is being left out of the Twisted Metal revival. It's a price Jaffe is “happy to pay because it means I get to keep being honest.” Jaffe wouldn't turn down an offer to help out, however.

Unimpressed: His disappointment is mostly with the Sony bigwigs who left him out of the loop: “I know where the bodies are buried. Hell, I know who pulled the trigger and dug the grave before they buried the f****** body.”

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory offers

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC  512GB memory card

Need a bit more storage for your Switch? Well, you're in luck: A bunch of SanDisk Ultra microSDXC cards have just gotten cheap as chips over on Amazon.

What was the first arcade game to use laserdisc?

A Quarter Horse cabinet showcased by German arcade museum For Amusement Only e.V.

ANSWER: Quarter Horse!

Laserdisc was the height of home theater luxury in the 80s, but it was also a technological marvel turning heads in arcades. Thanks to its high-quality full-motion video, it enabled amazing (albeit limited) graphics that real-time rendered games wouldn't be capable of for several decades.

Astron Belt and Dragon's Lair started the laserdisc arcade craze, but Quarter Horse from 1982 was actually the first laserdisc game. It was a betting game using real horse racing footage to create an authentic race track experience. While it's hardly celebrated as a classic, it was still a striking technological innovation – even if it was used for gambling.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!