Crash Bandicoot celebrating 25th anniversary at PlayStation Showcase?

Today: Tasty Pokémon crossover in Australia — Twinsen is going on another adventure after nearly 25 years — The Nintendo Entertainment System Lego set enables impressive alternative builds

Could Crash Bandicoot show up at Sony’s PlayStation showcase today?

Mock image of Crash Bandicoot partying with DJ

Sony's PlayStation Showcase goes live at 1:00pm PDT/9:00pm BST, and you can expect news and announcements from PlayStation Studios, as well as a peek at upcoming PlayStation 5 games.

Crash Bandicoot fans are particularly excited after the official Crash Bandicoot Twitter account posted a picture of Crash partying. Is he celebrating his own 25th anniversary?

  • Watch on the showcase YouTube and Twitch
  • Stream is expected to last for 40 minutes
  • Sony won't be showing next-gen PlayStation VR yet
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time launched last year

Marsupial madness: PlayStation Showcase would be the perfect venue for announcing a new Crash Bandicoot game, and the timing would be perfect too since the original Crash Bandicoot was launched for PlayStation on September 9th, 1996. Could Crash be about to put on a big 'bash' for his 25th? 

What sci-fi writer wrote insults for The Secret of Monkey Island?

a) Harlan Ellison
b) Orson Scott Card
c) Ray Bradbury
d) Phillip K. Dick

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.

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle premieres on Netflix next month

Art banner for Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle hits Netflix on October 8th, and stars Ash Ketchum and Pikachu exploring the Forest of Okoya where they meet Koko and the mythical Pokémon Zarude. Australian Pokémon fans can enjoy a tasty Pokémon x Krispy Kreme crossover featuring Poké Ball, Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle donuts.

Pokémon Café Mix

  • Torterra Event repeats between September 8th-22nd)
    • Special customer Torterra

Pokémon GO

  • Psychic Spectacular between September 8th-13th)
    • More Psychic-type Pokémon will spawn
    • Inkay makes Go debut
    • Exclusive Special Research tasks

Pokémon Unite

  • September 8th game update
    • General bug and text fixes
    • Shop updates
    • Increased Sp. Def for Blissey
    • Safeguard cooldown reduced, AoE increased
    • Safeguard+ increased nullified damage

Little Big Adventure creators reunite

Animation of Twinsen in Litte Big Adventure 2

Didier Chanfray and fellow Little Big Adventure creator Frédérick Raynal have opened a new studio called 2.21, where they are working on Little Big Adventure 3.

Our hopes for the new game

  • The return of original composer Philippe Vachey
  • Explore entirely new parts of Twinsun
  • Keeps the low-poly charm and expressive design of the original
  • Keeps the strange combination of whimsy and menace intact

The new studio is in Paris, and Little Big Adventure 3 is the first project. Frédérick Raynal also created the horror classic Alone in the Dark, so perhaps there is a chance he wants to return into the darkness?

Long way off: Little Big Adventure launched in 1994 and the sequel followed in 1997, and it will probably be several years until Twinsen's new adventure is ready, or until we even see new gameplay. 

Engine Hint: We reached out to 2.21 to see if we could learn a bit more about the project, and while CEO Benoît Limare tells us that it's not quite ready to talk about the project yet, he did mention that the first update via their newsletter will reveal what engine they're using to build Little Big Adventure 3.

Twinsun in Unreal Engine 5 would certainly be a sight to behold, but we'll give you an update once we know what engine it's using.

Mass publisher sale madness rages on

Publisher sale banners

Can nothing stop Humble Bundle’s ceaseless price war!? Hopefully nothing short of an even pricier war. The Techland Publisher Week offers up to 75% off, and if that's not enough then the Merge Publisher Sale goes all-in with up to 80% off.

Graffiti Games Publisher Sale is no less impressive, matching the 80% discount but is left in the dust by the D3 Publisher Sale which slashes prices by up to 90% for its catalogue of Japanese games.

What sci-fi writer wrote insults for The Secret of Monkey Island?

Guybrush Threepwood facing a pirate with a choice of insults

ANSWER: Orson Scott Card!

The Secret of Monkey Island is perhaps the quintessential Lucasarts game, uniting the talents of Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and Tim Schafer – but another famous writer also left his mark on the classic adventure: Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game.

Orson Scott Card contributed jabs and ripostes to insult swordfighting, including the classic exchange “You fight like a dairy farmer” and “How appropriate, you fight like a cow.” It was the writer’s only contribution to the Monkey Island mythos, but insult swordfighting became a mainstay of the series and his (s)wordplay a part of the gaming lexicon. The pen truly is mightier than the sword!

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