Nintendo pulled out of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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Nintendo ‘backed out’ of Olympic opening

Mario teams up with Sonic for an official Olympics game

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony was supposed to feature Nintendo's participation, but the company backed out at the last minute.

Nintendo was still attached as late as June 16th, and the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, a Super Mario suite, a Kirby Super Star medley as well as the opening theme from Pokémon were supposed to be performed at the event.

Nintendo's and don'ts: When asked why it suddenly withdrew from the opening ceremony when many other major Japanese game companies had a presence, Nintendo simply stated that it's “not in a position to answer”.

Warp pipe: One of the ideas for the opening ceremony from last October was to have Naomi Watanabe and Lady Gaga appear from a warp pipe as a twist on Shinzo Abe's appearance at the Rio 2016 closing ceremony.

What fighting game featured Johnny Cage’s actor in its advertising?

a) Way of the Warrior 
b) BloodStorm
c) TimeSlaughter
d) Samurai Shodown

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.

Free cup spec Porygon-Z next week

Porygon-Z is an evolution of Normal-type Porygon2

Pokémon Sword & Shield trainers can grab a free Porygon-Z next week, based on the one used by Jeong Sang-yoon who won the 2020 Pokémon Trainers Cup in South Korea.

The code will be shared during this year's Pokémon Trainers Cup finals, which take place on August 7th. Last year, everyone got a free shiny Amoongus to mark the occasion.

Ready for battle: The Porygon-Z will be level 50 and have a Silk Scarf hold item as well as Adaptability, with Hyper Beam, Thunderbolt, Dark Pulse and Nasty Plot moves.

Event code: To add this Pokémon to your collection, simply enter the code into Pokémon Sword & Shield on Switch when it appears during the tournament. Codes are not region-locked.

New energy consumption laws affect Alienware computer sales

Pre-built PCs will need to be careful

Certain US states have introduced a new energy regulation law, which makes Dell unable to sell certain Alienware PC models that fall outside the power consumption limits.

California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have all introduced new energy efficiency standards for PCs, and Dell has warned that they can no longer sell certain prebuilt Alienware models to these states, like the Aurora R10 and R12. The laws apply to desktops, all-in-ones as well as portable computers, and went into effect on July 1st.

Power limits: “Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be cancelled” according to Dell. Only one Aurora configuration is cleared for sale under the new regulations.

Piece by piece: The laws only apply to prebuilt computers, so you are still free to buy individual parts and build the computer yourself. This may present a loophole and vendors might introduce half-built or kit offerings to wiggle through it.

Adventure Beyond Sale with up to 90% off

Humble offers some not-so humble discounts

If you have an adventurous spirit, there are stupendous savings on Humble Store right now in the Adventure Beyond Sale, which offers up to 90% off some juicy PC games.

Highlights include dystopian sci-fi thriller Deus Ex: Human Revolution, crime epic Sleeping Dogs, madcap action in Just Cause, the animal noir thriller Backbone, the violently absurd Party Hard and loads more.

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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a compilation

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What fighting game featured Johnny Cage’s actor in its advertising?

If any fighter would sell out to another franchise, it would be Cage

ANSWER: BloodStorm!

Many tried and failed to beat Mortal Kombat at its own game, and one such failure is BloodStorm by Strata, published in 1994. Suffice to say, the advertising is more memorable than the game itself: The publishers hired Daniel Pesina, who appeared as Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat, to star in their ads. He is dressed as Johnny Cage and is pictured playing a fighting game for "real fighters".

Perhaps predictably, this strategy couldn't dethrone Mortal Kombat, and Mortal Kombat 3 steamrolled BloodStorm despite its buckets of gore. It would be Strata's last game, and didn't make it to any consoles before Strata shut down. Let the lesson be this: If you wanna take down the king, you better make your shot count.

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!