Nintendo “feels the potential” of the Metaverse

Today: Gran Turismo 7 looks set to continue the series’ obsession with realism — Meta Quest passes $1 billion in software revenue — Check out the free Bloodborne PSX demake for chunky horror action

Switch sold 103.54m units by end of 2021

Nintendo Switch promotional photo

Nintendo's latest financial report states that the Switch has passed the 100 million sales mark, meaning it has sold faster than PlayStation 4 and Wii, although Nintendo DS still has it beat.

The Switch has now outsold both the Wii and the original PlayStation, and the games are going pretty strong too: Metroid Dread has passed 2.74 million sales.

  • Nintendo is not interested in outsourcing IPs
  • Despite Switch milestone sales slowed slightly
  • Switch outlook cut again over supply chain issues
  • $350 OLED model ‘in hot demand’ at retailers

Mario Kart 8 has now sold 43.35 million units on Switch, so when you add the millions it sold on Wii U the total sales pass 50 million units. Luigi's Mansion 3 has sold 11.04 million copies, while Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl has sold almost 14 million units. Pokémon Sword & Shield overtook Gold & Silver's 23.7 million sales, reaching 23.9 million.

Outsourcing: Nintendo’s Shuntaro Furukawa ruled out third-party licensed projects, saying its games were “crafted with dedication by our employees, and having a large number of people who don’t possess Nintendo DNA in our group would not be a plus to the company".

Metaverse & NFTs: Nintendo was briefly asked about the Metaverse and NFTs during a Q&A session that followed the financial results, and executives responded by saying that there's an interest in this area, and Nintendo feels that it has potential.

"We do have interest in this area, we feel the potential in this area, but we wonder what joy we can provide in this area and this is difficult to define right now," said Nintendo in response. Analyst David Gibson, who reported on the comments, was quick to point out that this was mainly related to the Metaverse, not NFTs.

Who wrote the first Mirror’s Edge?

a) Walt Williams
b) Sierra Williams
c) Christofer Emgård
d) Rhianna Pratchett

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.

Gran Turismo 7 details from State of Play

Gran Turismo 7 gameplay teaser

Sony revealed juicy details about Gran Turismo 7 in its latest State of Play broadcast, including its release date: March 4th, 2022.

The game will also include a museum mode, where you can enjoy and admire motoring history by poring through photographs and footage of iconic vehicles from the automobile's illustrious history.

Overcast: Different regions will have different weather patterns, and Polyphony Digital has painstakingly collected weather data to make sure they recreate the climates and weather patterns in different locations.

World tour: Gran Turismo 7 will feature 34 locations, 97 layouts, and over 400 cars at launch – with more to come. Another major addition is the Scapes mode, which allows you to “travel the world” and take in-game photos.

Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad delayed

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League anti-heroes

Rocksteady's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been delayed until next year, although Gotham Knights is still on track for release this year.

Rocksteady has been credited with raising the bar for licensed games with its critically acclaimed and wildly successful Batman: Arkham series.

Kryptonite: Rumours claimed that Rocksteady's next game would be based on Superman, which turned out to be true in a roundabout way, as he is one of the villains in its Suicide Squad game.

Gotham: In other words, players will go up against The Man Of Steel rather than stepping into his goody-two-shoes. Gotham Knights is set in a declining Gotham City following the apparent death of Batman.

Brave Browser rewards you for surfing

Brave Browser

Maybe your internet connection is fast, but what about your browser? The Brave Browser is built from the ground up for speed, privacy and providing an ad-free Internet.

You can opt-in for ads that respect your privacy, and even earn rewards. It’s quick and easy to use, featuring the same comforts and conveniences you expect from a modern browser.

Billion dollar sales for Meta Quest

Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) has revealed that Meta Quest is doing brisk business, with over $1 billion in revenue. 8 games have passed $20 million in sales, 14 have passed $10 million, and 17 have over $5 million. Over 120 VR games have made more than $1 million, double the 60 that had achieved the feat in 2021 and six times the figure from March 2020.

VR project from Kojima Productions?

Kojima Productions have had PlayStation VR2 devkits since November 2021, and there are rumours the studio could be collaborating with Céline Tricart on a VR game/experience.

New update for Resident Evil 4 VR

New accessibility options for Resident Evil 4 VR, which adds new locomotion options and support for left-handed play. You can now opt to walk in the direction you point your head, and you can adjust the height and positions of your holsters.

Who wrote the first Mirror’s Edge?

Faith wallruns in a promotional still for Mirror's Edge

ANSWER: Rhianna Pratchett!

Mirror's Edge remains one of EA's most distinct games, thanks to its unique art style and parkour gameplay. It's not quite as famous for its story, but it was written by someone with quite the pedigree: Rhianna Pratchett, a veteran videogame writer credited on games like Tomb Raider, Overlord, and even Surgeon Simulator 2.

Her work on Rise of the Tomb Raider even earned her an award for Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing from the Writers Guild of America. Considering her father was none other than Discworld creator Terry Pratchett, it may not be such a surprise that writing runs in the family.

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!