Skyward Sword Switch Spotted, Fans Recreate Halo Infinite

TODAY: You can finally go flying again with Microsoft Flight Simulator — Pokémon Masters changes its name to celebrate first anniversary — New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranking system addresses burnout

Skyward Sword coming to Switch?

Amazon UK briefly lists The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Switch, sparking speculation that Nintendo is releasing a port of the 2011 Wii exclusive.

The listing has vanished, but that has only stirred the pot, and fans suspect Nintendo could have something special in store for the Legend of Zelda series’ 35th anniversary next year.

Big overhaul: Skyward Sword was designed around the Wii Motion Plus peripheral and used it for both combat and puzzle solving, so a port would need to be significantly overhauled to work well on Switch. Nintendo has yet to comment on the leak.

Remastering: Pikmin 3 is the only upcoming Nintendo first-party game with a firm release date, but Super Mario 3D World Deluxe is also due later this year. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is expected sometime next year.

Which Ocarina of Time temple music violated Nintendo’s own policies?

  • The Forest Temple
  • The Water Temple
  • The Fire Temple
  • The Temple of Time

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.

Bomberman II was named Dynablaster

The explosive maze puzzler Bomberman II was not billed as a sequel when it launched in Europe, since the original Bomberman never made it to Europe in the first place. Instead, the sequel was launched as Dynablaster.

Developer Hudson Soft also removed a cross from above a church in the game’s background art and, very peculiarly, got rid of all the vowels from the international version’s password screen. Why would they do that?

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

Take to the sky, or battle some toads

Microsoft Flight Simulator is finally landing on PC this week, and the Battletoads return alongside PGA Tour 2K21, a re-release of Super Lucky’s Tale and a pair of visual novels: Cupid Parasite and Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue.

Tuesday – August 18th

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC
  • Mortal Shell for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Thursday – August 20th

  • Battletoads for PC and Xbox One
  • Cupid Parasite for Switch
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition for iOS and Android

Friday – August 21st

  • Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue for PlayStation 4 and Switch
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • PGA Tour 2K21 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch

First mythical visitor to Pokémon Café Mix, and Pokémon Masters is renamed

Pokémon Masters celebrates its first anniversary with a special video message from the development team and is renamed to Pokémon Masters EX. Meanwhile Pokémon Café Mix gets another visitor you can befriend and recruit, and introduces Celebi as the first Mythical customer in the Special Customer Event.

Pokémon Café Mix

  • Wobbuffet added alongside new orders, and Audino is coming soon
  • Special Customer Event featuring the first Mythical Pokémon Celebi

Pokémon HOME

  • New update introduces variety of changes
    • GTS search improved with new filters
    • Filter blocking now blocks Legendary Pokémon
    • Filter based on deposited Pokémon
    • Place multiple Pokémon in Wonder Box at once
    • Battle Data now includes Natures

Pokémon Masters EX

  • First anniversary update and name change
    • 6 Star EX feature for Sync Pairs
    • Champion Stadium begins August 27th with Elite Four and Champion of Kanto
    • Legendary Arena event with Latios scheduled August 20th
    • Training with Legends event starts August 27th
    • Grass, Fire, and Water-type Egg event begins September 2nd
    • Familiy Ties event starts with Lusamine, Gladion and Lillie as Sync Pair
  • New World Dilemma event until September 3rd
    • Story focusing on head of Team Galactic, adding Cyrus & Palkia Sync Pair
    • Poké Fair Spotlight Scout adds Cynthia Sygna Suit & Kommo-o Sync Pair

Today’s Gaming Deal Highlights

There are so many great deals now that it felt wrong not to share some of them ahead of the weekend’s bargain extravaganza.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con (In and out of Stock!) (Switch) $299.99 @ Amazon

LEGO DC Super-Villains (Switch) $19.99 @ Amazon

Senran Kagura Peach Ball (Switch) $26.99 @ Amazon

Mortal KOMBAT 11: Aftermath Kollection (PS4) $39.99 @ Amazon

Injustice 2: Legendary Edition (PS4/Xbox One) $14.99 @ Amazon

Humble Bohemia Interactive Bundle 2020 (PC) $1 @ Humble Store

PAC-Man Device – Black Maze (Tamagotchi) $16.99 @ Amazon

Pokemon – Pikachu (Waving) (Funko Pop!) $5.99 @ Amazon

Pokemon – Squirtle (Funko Pop!) $8.49 @ Amazon

Little Buddy USA Animal Crossing New Leaf (Plush) $14.53 @ Amazon

Banpresto Kirby Fluffy Puffy Mine (Figures) $23.49 @ Amazon

If you buy any of these games by following our links, DailyBits will earn a small commission, so thanks in advance! Saturday will bring even more amazing video game deals, so stay tuned.

Dreamscaper Steam Codes

You have a chance to nab a Steam code for Dreamscaper if you refer DailyBits to a friend! Use our widget to start earning referrals, which you can build up throughout the year to increase your chance of being selected.

Dreamscaper is releasing today on Steam for $13.99 or £10.86, and we’ve got some codes to hand out this week, with the giveaway ending this Friday.

Dreamscaper is an ARPG Roguelite blending elements from brawlers, top-down shooters, and dungeon crawlers. Every slumber is a different dungeon in an ever-changing world with a multitude of unique events and challenges. Play as Cassidy, dive into her subconscious and take on the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate

Castle of Heart available for preorder with exclusive Switch carry pouch

Castle of Heart for Switch can now be pre-ordered from First Press Games.

Inspired by Slavic mythology and mystical sites in Poland, Castle of Heart is a Ghouls N’ Vania-style action-platformer with a twist…

You have been cursed by a sorcerer and your health slowly declines as you move. Slay foes and grab what potions you can to recover your health and make it to the end.

Castle of Heart is available in two editions:

  • Regular edition,€37.99: includes the game cartridge, interior art, an in-depth manual, a quick instruction card, an exclusive slipcase and a numbered silver coin from the 3,200 copy batch.
  • Limited edition, €69.99: packs the game in a premium box with the game cartridge, manual, an A2 poster, surprise inserts in a clear file, the soundtrack, a booklet, a numbered gold coin and finally a cozy felt pouch for your Switch and games.

nitr0 joins 100 Thieves’ Valorant roster

100 Thieves’ Valorant team hasn’t exactly set the world on fire – and all the four PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players on the team have been fired, while former Team Liquid star Nick “nitr0” Cannella has been hired to put the team back on track.

Cannella and his old teammate Spencer “Hiko” Martin are likely to bring in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch players, since their skills will be more transferable to Riot’s new competitive shooter.

Master Roshi in Dragonball FighterZ

Turtle hermit Master Roshi will join the Dragonball FighterZ cast in September, hot on the heels of Ultra Instinct Goku and Kefla. Master Roshi should help diversify the character roster, which is pretty heavy on Saiyans.

Dragonball Super fans know that Master Roshi packs quite a punch despite being an old man. The latest trailer shows his Evil Containment Wave is action, and keep an eye out for a more in-depth character introduction closer to next month’s launch.

New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive World Ranking System from CSPPA

The Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association has introduced a new world ranking system for professional players. The new system promotes a “more sustainable work-life balance for players” by discouraging players from competing in as many tournaments as possible.

The rankings are based on tournament results from the last nine calendar months, individual matches won’t count and the system’s protected ranking scheme makes sure that players can safely take time to recover from injuries, illness or other health issues. The goal is to prevent professional players from burning out on intensive schedules.

Which Ocarina of Time temple music violated Nintendo’s own policies?

Answer: The Fire Temple!

The Legend of Zelda games take inspiration from many cultures, and sometimes borrow a little carelessly.

The original music for the fire temple in Ocarina of Time included chanting from a foley library that got removed from later releases. The chants were sections from an Islamic prayer – but contrary to popular belief, there was never any outrage involved. Nintendo simply has a strict policy against including religious materials, and the sampled choir was replaced with a synthesized one.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Matthew Ralphson, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.