Pokemon GO developer’s Pikmin AR game rolling out

Today: Blizzard cancels BlizzConline 2022 after turbulent period — Lots of retro classics on the way to Switch Online Expansion Pack — Resident Evil 2 remake VR mod looks surprisingly great

Niantic and Nintendo reveal Pikmin Bloom

Pikmin Bloom concept banner

Pokémon Go creator Niantic has unveiled Pikmin Bloom, an AR mobile game that will add “a little joy to your everyday journeys on foot.”

“Walk to grow more Pikmin, walk to make flowers bloom, and walk to log your memories.” While walking you will find Pikmin seedlings that you can pick up and grow during walks.

  • Walking-based AR game like Pokémon Go
  • Each step you take grows or feeds Pikmin
  • Pikmin leave a trail of flowers in your wake
  • Plant more Pikmin so others can find them

Little gameplay: The announcement trailer opens with a message from Niantic CEO John Hanke, and doesn't show much gameplay, focusing on a CGI montage of Pikmin following walkers around a variety of scenery.

Special message: Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, who created Pikmin, also appears in a Pikmin T-shirt to explain what Pikmin are. You can download Pikmin Bloom on Android now.

Which horror series appears as a minigame in the second chapter of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair?

a) Resident Evil
b) Clock Tower
c) Twilight Syndrome
d) Silent Hill

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.

Blizzard call off early 2022 BlizzConline

Photo of previous BlizzCon in California

Activision Blizzard has cancelled the BlizzConline event planned for early next year. It was a “tough decision for all of us to make, but it’s the right one.”

“At this time, we feel the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed towards supporting our teams and progressing development of our games and experiences,” it clarified.

’Unsafe’: Apparently, BlizzCon has changed since it began 16 years ago and Blizzard Activision believes it must evolve further so it “feels as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible.” Game announcements will still be made on schedule, of course.

Fallout: The cancellation follows in the wake of a turbulent few months for Activision Blizzard, complete with an avalanche of lawsuits and very public revelations about bad company culture and misbehaving senior staff.

Datamining reveals “at least” 38 N64 and 52 Sega Genesis titles for Switch Online

Nintendo 64 and Sega Mega Drive for Switch Online

The Switch Online Expansion Pack adds Nintendo 64 and Genesis/Mega Drive games to Nintendo Switch, and it seems like the library will grow pretty sizable in the future.

Dataminers have dug into the apps and found entries for at least 38 Nintendo 64 games, and at least 52 Genesis/Mega Drive games. While that's a lot, it's quite possible it's only the beginning.

Gap theory: The dataminers found a list of IDs used by the retro game app, with most of them unused. It also seems likely that more platforms will be added in the future.

Emulation: There are already rumours about Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulation waiting in the wings, although the Game Boy Advance library is apparently still considered commercially viable on its own.

Grab some heroines and build a bundle

Female Heroes Sale banner

Time for some feminine heroics in the Female Heroes Sale at Humble Bundle, featuring up to 85% off womanly adventures like Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil, Trine, and many more.

You can also choose your own discounts with the tinyBuild BYOB where the discount gets bigger the more games you buy. Of course, there is also a Halloween Sale featuring frighteningly low prices with up to 90% discounts!

Which horror series appears as a minigame in the second chapter of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair?

The game-within-a-game Twilight Syndrome: Murder Case showing, well, a murder

ANSWER: Twilight Syndome!

Danganronpa is famous for mixing murder mysteries with absurd pop culture references, and the second chapter of the second game in the series is a perfect example. The chapter revolves around a spooky game called Twilight Syndrome: Murder Case, in which you uncover some awful truths. But did you know Twilight Syndrome is actually a real game?

The Twilight Syndrome game in Danganronpa looks exactly like the old PlayStation Twilight Syndrome games, mixing low-poly character art with photographies. It's also a great storytelling device, going from apparent red herring to pivotal evidence in addition to being a pretty great homage and reference.

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!