Why Nintendo Declined “ultra-realistic” F-Zero for Switch

Today: Phil Spencer talks to Unlocked about the future of Xbox — Halo VR modder hired to work on Halo: Master Chief Collection — Former BioWare boss founds new studio, teases first project

Nintendo said no to an “ultra-realistic” F-Zero for Switch by Star Fox dev

Fun with ultra-realism was Goddard’s idea

F-Zero fans may still have hope in their hearts for a revival, but Nintendo turned down a pitch for an “ultra-realistic” reboot according to former Star Fox programmer Giles Goddard.

Goddard joined Argonaut Games while still in school, and then became one of Nintendo's first Western employees when he moved to Kyoto at the tender age of 19. He stayed with Nintendo until he left to found Vitei Backroom in 2002, which recently rebranded to become Chuhai Labs and is working on Carve Snowboarding for Oculus.

He also wanted to try a new approach to F-Zero on Switch: “I thought it would be really cool to have an ultra-realistic F-Zero, still with sort of really cool futuristic graphics, but just really realistic physics”, and his team made a PC and Switch demo.

Round and round: “Nintendo are very wary about using old IP because it's such a huge thing for them to do,” he explained, and his team was caught in a “ridiculous catch-22”. They were pitching an idea to get funding to scale up the team, but Nintendo was reluctant to buy in because the team wasn't big enough.

Which podcast group collaborated with No Goblin on 100ft Robot Golf?

a) The Workjuice Players
b) The McElroy Brothers
c) Superego
d) Two-Up Productions

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.

Big fat truth behind the Zora Queen’s gem

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds features an odd little change in the North American version: The Zora Queen's gem is turned into the source of her power, and not just her beauty.

The Queen’s gem is to ‘contain her power’ in the US

The Japanese and European versions of the game make no mention of any power, but it’s possible that Nintendo of America wanted to make sure no-one interpreted the line as fat-shaming.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Spencer understands acquisition fears

Studio acquisitions remain a hotly contested issue

Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer just gave an interview to the Xbox podcast Unlocked for its 500th episode.

Spencer acknowledged people's worries about Microsoft simply acquiring game studios rather than starting and nurturing new ones, and admitted that it's just much less risky to buy an established group of developers than to build one from scratch.

Sharing technology: So far no one else in Xbox Game Studios is making use of id Software's technology, and there are no plans for a unifying technology strategy that could force studios to use for example idTech in their games.

Infinity and beyond: The next big news coming out of Microsoft will be the Halo Infinite release date, which is yet to be determined: “We’re working on the exact date, the next thing for us is to say a day.”

Other highlights

  • Xbox Game Pass keeps growing
  • Spencer wants more family-friendly content on Xbox in the future
  • There will be more limited edition Xbox consoles for special occasions
  • Engagement remains Microsoft's key measure of the Xbox platform's success
  • The current strategy is informed by Xbox One's lackluster first-year performance

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 and more in July

Niantic reveal the weeks ahead for Pokemon GO

We already know about the Bidoof Breakout event, but what else is in store for July? According to a new blog post there will be a Community Day on July 3rd that focuses on Tepig, the lovable Fire-type pig Pokémon, and offers a chance to catch a Shiny Tepig.

Pokémon Go – July calendar

  • 5-star Raids
    • July 1st: Mythical Pokémon Deoxys in Defense Forme, and Bidoof
    • July 16th-23rd: Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo, with Shiny Mewtwo
  • Mega Raids
    • July 1st-16th: Mega Houndoom
    • July 16th-23rd: Mega Gengar
    • July 23rd-August 6th: Mega Charizard X
  • Weekly Raid Hour 6:00PM to 7:00PM local time
    • July 7th: Defense Forme Deoxys
    • July 14th: Defense Forme Deoxys
    • July 21st: Mewtwo
    • July 28th: To be announced
  • Spotlight Hours 6:00PM to 7:00PM local time
    • July 6th: Bulbasaur, and 2x XP for catching Pokémon
    • July 13th: Charmander, and 2x Candy for catching Pokémon
    • July 20th: Squirtle, and 2x Candy for transferring Pokémon
    • July 27th: Natu, and 2x XP for evolving Pokémon
  • 5th Anniversary celebration July 6-15
  • GO Battle Night July 11 6:00PM to 11:59PM local time
  • Pokémon Go Fest 2021 July 17th-18th

Brush up on your engineering in Arcsmith

Get ready for an engineering adventure in Arcsmith, a new VR game from Bithell Games where you play the apprentice of master arcsmith Korinth Dinn aboard a space station that suddenly becomes the “focal point of an intergalactic power struggle”. Coming to Oculus Quest 2 on July 29th

Shake loose in Synth Riders for PSVR

Get ready to dance with freestyle rhythm action game Synth Riders for PlayStation VR on July 27th. It looks a lot like Beat Saber with greater emphasis on dance than simply flailing your arms, and features beat-matched visuals and 55 tracks to master.

Halo: Reach VR modder goes to work on Master Chief Collection mod tools

Nibre has put his Halo: Reach VR project on ice for the time being, but for good reason: He is going to work on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, specifically on the mod tools. Maybe it could also mean there's a tiny chance that Microsoft could be bringing official VR support to the Halo series?

Which podcast group collaborated with No Goblin on 100ft Robot Golf?

Golf Commentators for the modern era

ANSWER: The McElroy Brothers!

100ft Robot Golf has everything a golf game could ever need: Giant robots, old-school anime aesthetics, and relaxing commentary. Rather than dredging up some washed-up golf star, developer No Goblin decided to hire the Brothers McElroy instead, who you may know from a huge number of podcasts including My Brother, My Brother and Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones and Til Death Do Us Blart.

However, not even the loquacious band of brother could save the game from a mixed reception. Its send-up of anime and golf tropes found some fans, but it was simply too thin on content to become a classic. You can get it at a very reasonable price during the Steam sale if you want to smack some balls and listen to the McElboys titter about holes.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!