Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Leaks, Resident Evil Showcase Coming

Today: Switch was the best-selling console in the United States last year  — Thailand is infested with giant killer worms, and you have to kill them — Nvidia hopes to meet Geforce RTX 3000 demand in April

Pokémon Diamond & Pearl rumours

There have been rumours about a number of Pokémon remakes for a while now, and now that New Pokémon Snap is just around the corner, the community is waiting for the hoped-for Pokémon Diamond & Pearl.

Many still enjoy older handheld Pokémon adventures

According to the Spanish fan site Centro Pokémon, the DS title is currently being remade for Switch. They are expected to stick close to the source material, and there won't be any radical changes.

Anime appeal: Pokémon Yellow remake Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! & Let's Go Eevee! launched in 2018, adopting an art style more in line with the anime and targeting a younger audience.

Pokémon Direct: Pokémon insider Kelios also claims that next month's Nintendo Direct will announce the remake. Maybe it will have something to do with the Katy Perry new music partnership?

Which weapon is unlocked when you beat Ada’s Assignment or Separate Ways in Resident Evil 4?

a) Killer7
b) Matilda
c) The Chicago Typewriter
d) The Infinite Launcher

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.

Back to the Future, Back to the Platformer

The game based on Back to the Future 2 would have been an RPG for SNES, with Zelda-like art – but the project didn't make it through its early stages, and eventually Super Back to the Future Part II took its place.

Super Back to the Future Part II was a side-scrolling platformer

It’s a bit odd that Super Back to the Future Part II never made it to the west, since it had way less text than the role-playing game would have had. Western gamers had to wait until Telltale’s 2010 Back to the Future: The Game to play with Doc and Marty.

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Switch was US best-seller in 2020

Switch was the best-selling console in the United States in 2020 according to sales data from NPD, with PlayStation 5 in second place.

Nintendo Switch is ‘half way through’ its life cycle

“Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in units and dollars not only in December 2020, but the entire year,” said Mat Piscatella of NPD Group. “Annual dollar sales of Nintendo Switch hardware were the second highest for an individual platform in a single calendar year in U.S. history.”

Late to the party: The Switch's sales are the best since the Wii's astronomical performance in 2008. PlayStation 5 might have had a fighting chance if it was launched earlier in the year and didn't suffer from stock shortages.

PlayStation record: “PlayStation 5 set a new dollar sales record for PlayStation hardware through each PlayStation platform’s first December at retail,” added Piscatella. Hardware sales reached $1.35 billion in December, which is an increase of 38% over 2019 and the highest since December 2013.

Persona 5 Strikers gets new trailer

Atlus has just released a new trailer for Persona 5 Strikers, which launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch next month.

The Phantom Thieves are on a road trip

Persona 5 Strikers follows the Phantom Thieves on a road trip across Japan as they battle the corruption that has infested a number of cities. “A summer vacation with close friends takes a sudden turn as a distorted reality emerges; reveal the truth and redeem the hearts of those imprisoned at the center of the crisis!”

The west catches up: Persona 5 Strikers has been out in Japan for nearly a year, and is a Musou game developed by Omega Force, most famous for the Dynasty Warriors series.

Dynasty Crossovers: The Dynasty Warriors design template is hugely popular in Japan, and has been gaining ground in the west. Omega Force also worked on Nintendo's Hyrule Warriors series, which found significant success last year with Age of Calamity, a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Writhe Review (Nintendo Switch)

See one killer worm swarm, see them all

Developer: Mission Ctrl Studios

Played on: Switch

Switch isn't the greatest platforms for first-person shooters and although it has ports of classics like Doom and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, there are not a lot of exclusive shooters for Nintendo's little wonder. Mission Ctrl Studios has decided to change that with their arena shooter Writhe.

The premise is as simple as it is ludicrous: It's the 70s, you're in Thailand and there are giant killer worms everywhere. Your job is to keep the swarm at bay, at least until you die, because the horde never stops coming and all you can do is thin its ranks before it defeats you.

You are armed with a shotgun and an assault rifle, suitable for managing worms at different ranges as you run and gun around the arena trying to survive as long as you can. You can find health pick-ups and other power-ups scattered around the stage, but the worms will eventually catch up to you.

Just trying to kill some bugs, sir

The leaderboard tracks your best times, and the biggest motivation for braving the endless swarm is climbing the ranks. It’s unabashedly old-school, and the most enjoyable way to play Writhe is to turn on performance mode, switch on the retro filter and bask in glorious, lo-fi 60FPS worm carnage.

It’s a hectic game with a relentless pace, and when a round starts there is simply no time for a breather. The worms’ onslaught is unrelenting, and the two most important factors are quick reflexes and learning the map. It can be pretty difficult to learn map layouts since you need to keep on the move constantly, and spend most of your attention prioritizing targets and dodging attacks.

You will be overwhelmed, and that’s the point. You can take five hits before it’s game over, and slowly but surely you start surviving for longer and longer. It’s not quite as pure as Devil Daggers, but it’s equally unforgiving and there’s not much here unless you enjoy repetitive hardcore arcade games.

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Somewhat unexpectedly, there's a bit of story to Writhe as well. Worms drop gems, which unlock lore that tells you what's going on with the giant killer worms in Thailand. It's a bit odd, since it's hard to imagine that anyone will keep grinding worms to get to the bottom of that mystery, but if you care, well – it's there.

Writhe is not the greatest game on Switch, but it's a competent horde shooter. If you have played Devil Daggers and the Serious Sam games to death and love quick-burst high-score chasing, then this just might be the game for you.

PROS:

  • Charming retro styling
  • Varied levels

CONS:

  • Overwhelming difficulty
  • The unlockable lore is pretty dull
6/10Average

Writhe is available today on the Nintendo Switch. Developer Mission Ctrl Studios kindly provided a Nintendo Switch review code to DailyBits for free for the purposes of this review.

Sony Music enters VR concert market

The neverending COVID-19 pandemic is enabling a lot of growing technologies to suddenly find new markets and audiences, and Sony Music believes Virtual Reality can be the concert platform of the future.

Partnering with Verizon, Sony Music will produce virtual performances, starting with the singer-songwriter Madison Beer. The virtual concert will be available on-demand on PlayStation VR and Oculus, and if that piques your interest there's a behind-the-scenes teaser for the show.

Oculus aiming for monthly Quest updates

Oculus CTO John Carmack said the company is aiming to deliver monthly software releases, and that the Facebook account requirement won't be going away no matter how angry some users are about it. There is also some debate at Oculus about whether or not to allow Android apps to run in the background on Oculus Quest, since performance is a big concern.

Which weapon is unlocked when you beat Ada’s Assignment or Separate Ways in Resident Evil 4?

ANSWER: The Chicago Typewriter!

Stranger, now that's a weapon!

Resident Evil 4 is chock full of fun unlockables, and one of them is the best weapon in the game – the Chicago Typewriter. You unlock the classic machine gun by beating Ada’s Assignment in the GameCube version, and the Separate Ways mission in other versions – but you still need to cough up 1,000,000₧ to use it.

Not only is the cost steep, the gun also takes up 21 spaces in the inventory. On the plus side, it’s quite powerful, has infinite ammo and doesn’t need reloading. If you’re wearing the Special 2 outfit, Leon will straighten his hat if you press the reload button. Press it four times in a row and he will throw his hat in the air, catch it and strike a pose.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.