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Nintendo made five-fold profit thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Why are we not surprised!

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While most companies are ravaged by the Coronavirus pandemic, digital or internet-based companies are posting record-breaking profits. Popular game maker Nintendo is one of them. The Japanese company’s quarterly profit jumped a whopping 428 percent year-over-year.

It reported an operating profit of 144.7 billion yen (US$ 1.4 billion) in the April-June quarter, beating all street estimates and predictions. Much of the credit for this massive jump goes to its new game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game directly contributed to increased Nintendo Switch sales.

The financial announcement noted that out of all the new Switch units that were bought and played on for the first time, more than half played ACNH on the first day. For a game, that’s a lot of demand, and this indirectly encouraged more Switch sales.

The game single-handedly contributed a 167 percent rise in new members who joined the Switch community. In total, the company managed to sell more than 3 million Switch and 2.6 million Switch Lite.

Nintendo also confirmed that it’s having delivery and supply chain issues due to the ongoing pandemic. However, it meant that supply is running slightly behind schedule and the company should be able to meet the full demand soon. Supply was hit in March but the company was able to bridge the gap in the coming weeks.

Due to the global lockdowns and travel restrictions, gaming companies have noticed a huge surge in games as well as console sales. Nintendo too benefited from this with a 230 percent rise in revenue from digital sales, accounting for about 56 percent of total software sales.

Japanese conglomerate Sony, which manages the PlayStation lineup, also reported positive results earlier this week.

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Sony: More PlayStation 4 games coming to PC this year

Days Gone already in the works

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No matter which side you lean on in the console wars, Sony’s PlayStation 4 carried one of the most robust lineup of console exclusives during its life cycle, especially compared to Microsoft’s own palette of exclusives. You have Bloodborne, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Just Cause 4, just to name a few. Naturally, the brilliant lineup of exclusives helps the company convince people to buy into the PlayStation ecosystem.

However, since the PlayStation 5 is already thriving, Sony no longer has a lot of reasons to keep their exclusives locked in its vault. Now, as confirmed by PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, more PlayStation games are coming to the PC this year.

In an interview with GQ about the PlayStation 5’s upcoming VR program, Ryan lets loose that “there’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience.” As game development technology improves over the years, PlayStation can now deliver console exclusive to non-console owners more easily.

Last year, PlayStation broke a lot of ground by releasing the Horizon Zero Dawn base game and expansion pack to the PC. Though the PC port came with a host of niggles, it was still a refreshing change of pace from Sony’s formerly strict release policies. Besides the popular RPG, PlayStation also allowed Quantic Dream to release Detroit: Become Human on PC.

In fact, right on cue, Bend Studios soon announced that the former PlayStation exclusive Days Gone is coming to PC sometime this spring. Given Ryan’s comments, Days Gone is likely just the first round of PC releases for PlayStation 4 games this year.

SEE ALSO: Why you should buy the PlayStation 5!

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SteelSeries unveils its new Tusq in-ear gaming headset

Providing supreme comfort while gaming on the go

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For 20 long years, SteelSeries has provided gamers around the world with high-quality peripherals suited for competition. From game-ready mice and keyboards to powerful headsets, the brand’s portfolio spans across a variety of platforms for every gamer. Now, they’re adding a new gaming headset that will surely entice all the mobile gamers out there  — the Steelseries Tusq.

The SteelSeries Tusq in-ear gaming headset is a lightweight gaming headset suited for mobile devices. It comes with a detachable boom microphone for crisp, clear voice quality while playing. If you don’t feel like having a microphone close to your mouth, it also comes with a built-in microphone, as well.

Along with the boom mic, the Tusq gaming headset comes with multi-sized tips to help you find your ideal fit. It’s around-the-ear design provides security and comfortability while you play on your mobile device. Also, the entire package comes with a soft case to put the headset and additional tips in, making it a truly portable device.

The SteelSeries Tusq retails for SG$ 69 and is already available in authorized retailers, Shopee, and Lazada.

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Blizzard announces Diablo II remaster for this year

Back to hell we go

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Thought it was released way back in 2012, Diablo III is still one of the most reliable hack-and-slash roleplaying games available today, thanks to consistent development and a thriving season system. Of course, before it got to this point, the franchise thrived on the previous entry, Diablo II, now a classic game praised for its difficulty and fun gameplay. This year, Blizzard is bringing it all back. During the online-only BlizzCon 2021, the company has officially announced a modern remaster, Diablo II Resurrected.

To celebrate the original game’s 21st anniversary, Diablo II Resurrected brings the classic game to a new generation, complete with new graphics. During its time, the original game had crude, but reliable graphics laid over an isometric format. As shown in the short announcement trailer, Diablo II Resurrected features new graphics similar to that found in the third entry, Diablo III.

Diablo II Resurrected will include both the base game and the 2001 expansion, Lord of Destruction. While the base game features the franchise’s titular villain, Diablo, the expansion pits the player against the third Prime Evil, Baal.

Strewn across five acts, the game takes players across differing difficulties and seven different character classes: Amazon, Assassin, Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress.

The HD remaster will launch sometime this year for the PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S. Notably, the PC version will allow cross-platform progression across the different console version.

While Blizzard is taking a step back with this announcement, the company is also developing a mobile version, Diablo Immortal, and the next main entry to the series, Diablo IV.

SEE ALSO: Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 are not coming in 2021

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