#167: Nintendo’s Q3 earnings strong

TODAY: Get your fill of failed utopias in next month’s PlayStation Plus bundle — Blizzard keeps finding new and innovative ways to enrage their fans — Now you can finally enjoy Grand Theft Auto V in VR!

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Extra 1.5 million Switch sales forecast in Nintendo’s Q3 earnings report

Thanks to solid Switch sales throughout 2019, Nintendo has improved their forecast and predicts another 1.5 million sales before the end of the financial year.

They initially predicted sales of 18 million Switch units, now adjusted to 19.5 million. They are more optimistic about software sales too: The initial projection of 125 million games sold is increased to 140 million. The 3DS forecasts, on the other hand, have been adjusted down – unsurprising considering the platform’s age.

Nintendo is reportedly working on another Switch model

Nintendo projected sales of 1 million 3DS units and 5 million games, which has been adjusted to 650,000 units of hardware and 4.5 million units of software. The Switch has now sold over 52 million units since its launch in 2017, and almost 18 million of them were sold between April and December last year.

Nintendo are expecting sales to be driven by games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX in the coming months and expect both the Switch Lite and the flagship console to maintain strong sales.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which pop group appeared in Sims spinoff The Urbz: Sims in the City?

  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Backstreet Boys
  • The Pussycat Dolls

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.

News Bits

Get BioShocked with PlayStation Plus

Another month, another bunch of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Next month’s bundle of joy will include BioShock: The Collection (which includes all three BioShock games: BioShock, BioShock 2 and Bioshock: Infinite), The Sims 4 and a VR game named Firefall Zero Hour, which requires PlayStation VR. The bundle will be available between February 4th and March 2nd.

Bad Seed DLC headed to Nintendo Switch

The Bad Seed DLC for Rogue-like Metroidvania Dead Cells launches on Switch next month, on February 11th. It features a ‘relaxing Arboretum’, a noxious Swamp, and a new boss at the heart of it called ‘mama tick’. ”…if you’ve seen StarShip Troopers, you get the idea…” The new levels and monsters are alternatives to existing content, and will surely spice things up for both new and old players.

Daily Fact

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Canon or not?

Some fans are real sticklers for canon and lore, and 2011’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 presented some challenges – since parts of it are canon, and others are not.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 first appeared in arcades in 2011, before launching on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U in 2012. While the endings match the storyline in Tekken 7 and are thus canon, the rest of the game is considered a non-canon spin-off.

Fortunately, this didn’t stop anyone enjoying the game: Both critics and fans loved the epic cavalcade featuring nearly every character from the Tekken series’ long history, and it won a bunch of Game of the Year awards for fighting games.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Daily News

WarCraft III: Reforged wants your soul

Blizzard Entertainment has released the eagerly anticipated WarCraft III: Reforged, a remaster of its epochal 2002 real-time strategy game and all its expansions. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a pure bundle of nostalgic joy.

By agreeing to the game’s terms of service, you essentially agree that anything you create using the included mapping and modding tools becomes Blizzard’s property and that they can do whatever they like with it.

“Custom Games are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Blizzard”

“To the extent you are prohibited from transferring or assigning your moral rights to Blizzard by applicable laws, to the utmost extent legally permitted, you waive any moral rights or similar rights you may have in all such Custom Games, without any remuneration,” reads the offending TOS passage.

‘Moral rights’ are essentially the rights to be recognized as the creator of a work for purposes of intellectual property protection. The hugely popular Defence of the Ancients started out as a WarCraft III mod, but Riot and Valve ended up being the big winners in the MOBA race.

It seems like Blizzard wants to make sure it doesn’t miss out on that kind of success again, even if it means inviting outrage from the entire WarCraft community – which probably precludes any new and innovative games originating in WarCraft III: Reforged.

Sega’s PC releases are going all-green

Following the success of Football Manager 2020’s fully recycled packaging, Sega will use recycled materials for all of its PC retail releases from here on.

The next PC title getting the green treatment is Creative Assembly’s upcoming Total War: Rome II – Enemy at the Gates Edition, which launches on February 6th. It includes the base game as well as the Hannibal at the Gates, Imperator Augustus and Empire Divided DLCs.

A small step towards a greener industry

What kind of materials is the packaging made from? According to Sega: “100% recycled and recyclable cardboard, along with a 100% recycled and recyclable manual.” The packaging is printed using “water and vegetable inks, apart from the disc, which is recyclable via specialists.” Finally, the packaging is shrink wrapped in “100% recyclable low-density polyethylene (LDPE).”

“The move to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly model of PC game packaging stemmed from Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe’s desire to find a solution that would reduce their impact on the environment,” announced SEGA. Will Sega’s console packaging follow suit?

VR Bits

GTA V playable from start to finish in VR

Ever wanted to enjoy Grand Theft Auto V in VR? Well, this is your lucky day! Reddit user LukeRoss00 has launched an update to his Grand Theft Auto V VR mod that enables you to play the entire game in VR. Previous versions had trouble with the field-of-view effect used in cut-scenes, but LukeRoss00 has implemented a universal field-of-view fix that ensures the game works perfectly during both gameplay and cinematics.

The only missing feature is motion controls, which is pretty much impossible since the game was not designed with VR in mind. You can download the mod from GitHub right now – all you is a copy of Grand Theft Auto V for PC. The mod supports both Oculus and SteamVR, so unless you own a particularly obscure headset you should be good to go!

Borderlands 2 VR support for Index input

2K Games has finally added support for Valve Index and its Knuckle controllers to Borderlands 2 VR. The Index controllers are the only VR input devices with finger tracking, and developers have had to add specific support for this feature, which does not appear to be trivial: Borderlands 2 VR launched in December 2019, almost six months after Valve launched the Index and did not feature finger tracking at launch.

The update also adds an option to decide a set frame rate when looking through scopes, a big change from earlier versions which capped the framerate to 30 – which made scopes borderline useless. Now users can increase the scope frame rate to 60, 90 or 120 frames per second. Check out the full patch notes here.

Index best-selling PC VR headset in Q4

According to a SuperData report, Valve sold 149,000 Index headsets in 2019, with 103,000 sold in the fourth quarter – twice as many as in the third. The increased sales are attributed to the Half-Life: Alyx announcement, the first Half-Life game in over a decade.

SuperData believes Valve would have sold even more units if they didn’t run into worldwide inventory issues: Since early December, the Index has been out of stock all over the world. Valve has promised the Index will be back in stock ahead of the Half-Life: Alyx launch, but have yet to announce when stock will become available.

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News Bits

Turn-based tactics RPG Battle Brothers announced for Nintendo Switch in 2020

Medieval turn-based tactical RPG Battle Brothers has mustered its forces and is marching to the Switch this year. Originally launched on PC in 2017, the game puts you in charge of gathering a mercenary band in a deadly medieval fantasy world. Earn money to manage your militia by supplying equipment, food and – last but not least – work. The twist? All choices are permanent. No second chances and no way to put the genie back in the bottle.

Fire Emblem hero Byleth hits Super Smash Bros. alongside patch 7.0

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenger Pack 5 – part of the Fighters Pass – introduces Byleth from the Fire Emblem series to the fray, alongside balance and moveset changes in patch 7.0. The newest Mii Fighter costume pack is already available from today.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which pop group appeared in Sims spinoff The Urbz: Sims in the City?

Answer: The Black Eyed Peas!

The Urbz didn’t exactly set the gaming world on fire, but it was not for a lack of star power. Black Eyed Peas members Will.I.Am, Fergie, Taboo and Apl de Ap produced the game’s soundtrack and even appear as themselves. Their songs were even remixed to add vocals in Simlish, but despite admirably wacky celebrity endorsement, the game failed to sell and the planned series ended after the first entry.

While The Urbz fell by the wayside, you can still feel some of its influence in the mainline Sims soundtracks. Other artists have since contributed to the soundtracks, with Katy Perry performing her hit “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in Simlish for The Sims 3. Other popular songs performed in Simlish include “Too Shy”, “Don’t Cha”, and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”.

Weekly Giveaway

Sleep Attack on Nintendo Switch

This week’s giveaway is Sleep Attack for Nintendo Switch, a Tower Defense strategy game from Bad Seed available now on the Nintendo eShop.

“Enjoy an amazing new TWIST in Tower Defense! You control the layout of the battlefield, and you decide the paths your enemies follow. Combine tactical planning with strategic tower upgrades to slow, divert and damage your enemies. Carefully choose the placement and upgrade levels of your towers, as each turret possesses unique strengths and weaknesses.”

Enter the giveaway by following us on Twitter or Facebook , or by retweeting our tweet about the giveaway. We will give away a total of five codes for Sleep Attack this week. Only subscribers to the DailyBits newsletter qualify for participation!

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