Switch shortages by April?

TODAY: Sonic may have had attitude, but he was voiced by the biggest nerd — Ubisoft is bringing Rainbow Six Siege to next generation consoles — Now UC Irvine can give you a scholarship to help you game while studying

Switch Shortages

Switch shortage looms while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales slows down

There have already been reports speculating that the coronavirus outbreak in China could end up affecting the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, and now Nintendo appears to have trouble fulfilling their Switch manufacturing quotas and might run short of demand in April.

“We do not see any major impact on the shipment to the US currently, but we will remain vigilant and take steps if necessary,” said Nintendo. “It’s possible the supply would be affected by the virus if it becomes more widespread and prolonged.” They’re also postponing pre-orders for Animal Crossing hardware bundles in Japan and South Korea.

Out with the old: The next-gen console announcements has already slackened demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to the latest US NPD report.

Sales of both consoles have declined even more than expected, with lack of price cuts and the delay of key titles like Cyberpunk 2077 cited as possible explanations. Switch sales remain strong.

Top 5 US games (includes digital) in January 2020:

1. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
3. Madden NFL 20
4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
5. Grand Theft Auto V

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Who was the voice of Sonic in the old American saturday morning cartoons?

  • Ryan Drummond
  • Martin Burke
  • Jason Griffith
  • Jaleel White

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.

Daily Fact

Samurai Shodown Anthology wasn’t so special – online for me, but not for thee

The 2009 anthology of Samurai Shodown titles, aptly named the Samurai Shodown Anthology, bundled every game in the series starting from SNK’s original 1993 Samurai Shodown and all the way up to 2016’s Samurai Shodown VI from SNK Playmore. Only arcade title Samurai Shodown V Special from 2004 is missing.

Unfortunately, the anthology – which launched on PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii – didn’t bother including its most tantalizing feature outside of Japan: online multiplayer.

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

The Week Ahead in Gaming

This Week in Games

This week is heavy on the re-releases. The Vanquish and Bayonetta 10th Anniversary Bundle, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 ,a collection of retro brawlers and Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition. The biggest new release is Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.

Tuesday – February 18

Thursday – February 20

  • Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition launches on Nintendo Switch
  • Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle launches on PlayStation 4 and Switch
  • Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch
  • Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers launches on PC PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan

Next-Gen Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 ‘at launch’

Ubisoft is working hard to keep Rainbow Six Siege fresh, and they’re not about to stop anytime soon: The special operations spectacular is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The next-gen version will be online compatible with PC and current-gen players, so the community won’t get split.

Ubisoft is also introducing a new primary weapon and overhauling Tachanka. His turret will be replaced with a grenade launcher in the Year 5 update, but he’ll keep his trusty DP28 LMG. The Operation Void Edge update is also coming soon.

Operation Void Edge introduces:

  • Two new Operators: Oryx and Iana
  • Oryx uses ‘Remah Dash’ to smash through walls and leap to hatches
  • Iana uses ‘Gemini Replicator’ to duplicate herself for intel and follow up kills

The end of a meme: “The design team thought it worked super well with the legend of his weapon. And it ties in well with his kit. He can roam, and he can make holes to shoot his incendiary grenades through,” said art director Alex Karpazis. Time to pour one out for the stationary Tachanka of legend.

Esports Bits

Pokimane has announced a scholarship, and Valve bans 40,000 Dota 2 accounts

Popular Twitch Streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys revealed her student scholarship program earlier this week. Anys has donated $50,000 towards scholarships in the University of California, Irvine’s esports program.

“I am so pleased to be able to give back to the gaming world, which has given me so much,” Anys said. “I’m also especially happy to be supporting UCI’s esports program because their students are focusing on gaming in addition to pursuing their college degrees – which, I can say from experience, isn’t easy!”

The Pokimane Scholarship will launch in 2022, giving one undergraduate a chance to earn around $2,500 each year.

Valve is punishing Dota 2 players who abuse the matchmaking system by banning 40,000 accounts. The bans came into effect after a Dota 2 client update, and targetted players who have abused the matchmaking system to boost accounts into a higher rank.

The ban does not affect high-ranking players who start new accounts and stomp newbies, since Valve already has systems in place to stop experienced players from spoiling low-level matches.

Weekly Giveaway

5,000 Shadow Arena Closed Beta Codes

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who was the voice of Sonic in the old American saturday morning cartoons?

Answer: Jaleel White!

That’s right, the actor who played Steve Urkel also voiced the epitome of early-90s attitude!

Long before Sega’s Dreamcast classic Sonic Adventure finally gave the world’s fastest hedgehog a voice, he was the wise-cracking hero of three different American TV shows: Sonic the Hedgehog, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Underground. Each show had a certain charm, and Sonic the Hedgehog formed the basis for Archie Comics’ long-running comic strip.

Jaleel White returned to play Sonic in a 2013 fan film simply named Sonic. The film was a love letter to the Sonic franchise, and featured elements of both games and cartoons. The 18 minute short by Blue Core Studios is available on their YouTube channel. It’s safe to say Jaleel White has been an important part of establishing Sonic’s character.

Message From DailyBits Team

Weekend Gaming

What games did you all end up playing over the weekend? The UK was being blown apart by storm Dennis, so we thought it created the perfect atmosphere to check out Layers of Fear Legacy on the Switch, which turned out to be an excellent port.

Just as we’d finished getting today’s DailyBits ready, it turns out Crytek’s free-to-play online first-person shooter Warface has seen a suprise release on Switch too, so we’ll be checking that out tonight! Thanks to all our readers for sending in comments and feedback, and sharing the word about DailyBits. We appreciate it!