Greetings NAGilzus, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week is the mystery developer behind Metroid Prime 4, a Donkey Kong supervillain comes out of his lair to defend himself, Nvidia talks the global GPU shortage, Capcom has a new bestselling game of all time, PUBG makes its mobile debut and Fortnite teases an insane amount of new content. All that, videos and more highlights from the week, after the jump.
Bandai Namco working on Metroid Prime 4
Rumours have circulated all week, but now several sources have confirmed that Metroid Prime 4 has been handled by Bandai Namco Singapore, with their Japanese studio now apparently taking over development.
The game was briefly announced at E3 last year with a logo, but since then Nintendo has been tight-lipped on the whole affair, only confirming that the creators of the original Metroid Prime trilogy were not involved.
The development is still in the early stages, and there’s no guarantee that the game will even be coming this year. Hey, maybe Switch owners can get a port of the original trilogy first.
Billy Mitchell, pretender to the King of Kong throne, wants to clear his name
Billy Mitchell, the self-proclaimed greatest gamer of all time, has held various records for old-school arcade games over the years, with Donkey Kong being his biggest claim to fame and the centre story of the absolutely bloody incredible documentary King of Kong.
The C-list celeb came under fire last week when it was discovered that three of the top scores he’s posted have been obtained not on a traditional arcade machine, but a PC running MAME emulation software. If you’d seen the documentary, you would feel the same blinding rage of injustice I’m experiencing right now.
One of the core contentions in the documentary is that Billy Mitchell’s scores do not suffer even close to the level of scrutiny as that of challenger Steve Wiebe, who has every aspect of his games meticulously investigated. Hence, my boundless rage.
Aside from being not “proper”, MAME scores are also far more susceptible to cheating or splicing games together in video – suspicious indeed.
In a rare interview, Mitchell has come out and defended himself, saying that he’s not “tech-savvy” enough to know how to use MAME, and doesn’t even have the program installed. He insists that he will be clearing his name.
The story goes a lot deeper than this, and I recommend reading the full thing here. There’s an entire subculture of jealousy, scandal and revenge that seems to brew under the surface of this bizarre yet passionate community, and diving deep into it is a pretty fun distraction.
Nvidia “doing everything they can” to increase GPU supply
Cryptocurrency miners have ruined gamers lives by massively decreasing the available supply of GPUs, something which has caused a global problem of higher prices and low availability.
Miners are buying powerful cards in bulk and en masse, and the supply chain of these manufacturers is simply not geared for this level of demand.
However, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said this week that they are doing “everything they can” to try and increase the supply.
“We’re working really hard to get GPUs out into the marketplace for the gamers. We’re doing everything we can, but I think the most important thing is, we just got to catch up with supply,” he said on an earnings call. The manufacturer is also advising online retailers to “serve the gamers”, but realistically this is something that is very difficult to enforce.
Still, it’s not like Nvidia can simply snap their fingers and say “double our production”, so this problem is likely to persist for a while.
Monster Hunter World now the fastest selling game in Capcom’s history
Monster Hunter World has been absurdly successful, selling five million copies in just three days following its launch. Capcom have reported those units to be up to six million now, making it the fastest seller Capcom has had to date.
Keep in mind, this is just on consoles. When the PC version releases later this year, it will be adding to that sweet, sweet revenue stream.
Monster Hunter World is also sitting at the top of the paid game category on both Xbox One and the Playstation store.
PUBG’s Chinese mobile games now in early access
PUBG mobile games were the inevitable nightmare we’ve all been expecting, particularly since Tencent won exclusive rights to the game in China.
Now the two spin-off mobile titles, Army Attack and Exhilarating Battlefield, which had an astronomical 75 million pre-registrations, have just entered early access.
Exhilarating Battlefield is the mobile version of the main game, while Army Attack has land, sea and air battles. Exciting stuff.
It’s not certain if you’ll be able to get this outside of China anytime soon, but I imagine there’d be interest. Hell, I’d try it.
Fortnite has a dozen temporary modes in the pipeline
In spite of nobody giving a gosh-darn-damn about Fortnite the game, the world has become obsessed with the game’s afterthought Battle Royale mode, which has totally eclipsed the core game.
Epic isn’t complaining though, and are now doubling down on what looks set to be an enormous moneymaker that will keep on giving.
Much like Overwatch’s “events” that see different temporary gamemodes, Fortnite is doing the same thing with various limited-time unique ways to play planned.
One has to wonder if it’s a little too much a little too fast, however – Epic are planning five new game modes within the next month, with five more following soon after.
One of the first will be a reworked version of the 50v50 game mode they introduced in December, while the others will include a mode that reduces the size of the map by forcing players to drop within the first circle.
They even have planned a “the floor is lava” mode, which should see players jumping between trees and relying on buildings to keep them alive.
Other changes are coming thick and fast too, with the SMG possibly being removed, new weapons in the works and changes to the audio.
Fortnite has positioned itself as less “hardcore” than competitor PUBG, with its cartoony art-style and more arcade-like gunplay. These various chaotic game modes only further solidify that image, and should please fans of the game.