Animal Crossing Bunny Day Event, More Mario Remaster News

TODAY: More Mario remaster rumours as Nintendo prepares for his anniversary — Capcom is getting ready to drastically rework Resident Evil — PC gamers are invading Star Wars: Jedi Academy on Switch

Animal Crossing Easter Event

Get yourself egged up for Bunny Day

Getting bored of spending your quarantine on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island? You’re in luck, because tomorrow is Bunny Day (because lagomorphs are way fluffier than martyrs)!

That means a whole bunch of new furniture and clothes will be available – but only for the duration of the Bunny Day celebration, so act quick! The event starts on April 1st and lasts until April 12th.

Zipper T. Bunny will make a visit to your island tomorrow if you are running the latest version of the game. Make sure your time and date are set right, so you time skippers might want to get back on track – Bunny Day will only start when your system time says April 1st!

  • Find all the hidden eggs on your island to discover who is hiding inside the bunny suit
  • Eggs can be hidden in trees, at fishing spots or buried anywhere on the island

What’s in it for me? Eggs! Loads of them! If you’re into eggs (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the lil’ things?), then you are in luck: Egg-themed table? Check! Archway made out of eggs? Got you covered! What other eggcellent decorations will be available? Go egg-hunting and find out!

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What was the name of the first Mario game voiced by Charles Martinet?

  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Party
  • Mario’s Game Gallery
  • Hotel Mario

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

Mario is a lot younger than he looks

Want to feel old? 35 years have passed since the first Mario game! It feels like it was only yesterday that Jumpman traversed those girders to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.

Back then, he was a carpenter rather than a plumber but clearly had some vocational training ahead of starring in his own game.

According to legend, Mario was named after Mario Segale, a property developer Nintendo rented a warehouse from. Mario and Luigi are known as the Mario bros since Mario is actually Mario’s last name, which suggests that Mario is named Mario Mario while Luigi is … Luigi Mario. Talk about living in your brother’s shadow!

The rotund, mustachio’d plumber might seem like an unlikely hero in his overalls, but his design is actually a clever way to make the most of early arcade and console games’ limited resolution.

Hair was hard to draw, so Mario got a cap. Same goes for a mouth, so a mustache covered it. The overalls helped separate his arms from the rest of his body without making the sprite overly detailed. A bit like how Mickey Mouse’s ears are always circles, no matter the angle.

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

Resident Evil for 2021

New Resident Evil game next year?

Dusk Golem, who has leaked details about upcoming Resident Evil games before, just posted a series of tweets about an unannounced title. Dusk Golem claims the game will release in 2021 and has been in development since late 2016. He also says the game will be announced shortly.

The most interesting part is in the final tweet, where Dusk Golem suggests a lot of people will be angered by the upcoming announcement, since the new game will be “by far the biggest departure the series has ever taken”.

  • Rumour says the new game is reminiscent to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – but not the remake
  • The official announcement should follow shortly after the release of Resident Evil 3 Remake

What, me worry? The biggest change in the series so far must be the shift from third to first-person perspective in Resident Evil 7, which was more of a return to the series’ horror roots rather than a continuation of Resident Evil 4’s action-oriented take on the formula. Capcom has done a great job with the Resident Evil games lately, so let’s hope they keep it up!

It's-a Me, Mario Remaster Update!

More rumours about Mario remasters commemorating Mario’s anniversary

Hot on the heels of the rumours about Mario remakes, VGC claims that Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World are on their way to the Switch.

  • The re-releases form a collection celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary, much like Super Mario All-Stars from 1993.
  • Super Mario 3D World might be released on its own as it is rumoured to feature brand-new levels
  • The collection was supposed to be revealed at E3 2020

Paper Mario back in the fold? Venturebeat also claims that there’s a new Paper Mario game on the way. The series has lost some steam in recent years thanks to lacklustre 3DS and Wii U games, but Nintendo is apparently going to return to the series’ N64 and GameCube roots to revive its popularity.

What Else Happened Today?

  • Valve has adjusted Steam’s auto-update feature to ensure large updates won’t be downloaded during peak work hours. Additionally, games will only be updated if you have played them in the last three days
  • Former Platinum Games CEO Tatsuya Minami was involved in Resident Evil 3 Remake as executive producer. Tatsuya Minami is the founder of Capcom-backed M-Two, which is rumoured to be working on another remake for Capcom
  • Ubisoft reveals the Ghost Recon Breakpoint Friend Pass which gives returning players a way to play with their friends for free. The Friend Pass works on all platforms, though each player will need an active PS Plus or Xbox Gold account to play
  • New rogue-like action game from Team17! Take in the Neon Abyss trailer (and then check out the demo on Steam before the game launches on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch later this year
  • PC players are invading Star Wars: Jedi Academy console servers and butchering Jedi younglings without mercy. Although crossplay was not advertised, crafty PC players quickly discovered they can connect to the unlisted servers using their IP addresses

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What was the name of the first Mario game voiced by Charles Martinet?

Answer: Mario’s Game Gallery!

Not everyone knows that Mario’s iconic voice first appeared outside the mainline series. Instead, his first Mamma Mia was uttered in a collection of edutainment games published by Interplay in 1995!

Mario’s Game Gallery is a compilation of basic games pitting you against Mario in games like Go Fish, Checkers, and Backgammon. And it would take one more game before Mario would bring his unique take on Italian diction to console: Charles Martinet’s voice also appeared in the CD-ROM re-release of Mario Teaches Typing, replacing Ronald B. Ruben’s original work.

While these games are pretty lousy Mario games, they are interesting because they show how little Martinet’s Mario performance has changed over the years. He clearly struck gold with his upbeat, memorable falsetto and has been the undisputed voice of the world’s most famous plumber ever since.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Ken McKown, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.