GamesMaster being Revived, Console Supply Outlook for 2021

Today: Classic videogame show Games Master making a comeback — You should make Pokémon Blue your Valentine this year — Google secures another win for Stadia by deplatforming Terraria creator

No end in sight for console shortages

Looks like console stock shortages are here to stay, at least according to a Bloomberg report suggesting that high semiconductor demand will likely lead to chronic shortages throughout 2021.

Semiconductors are being semi-supplied right now

The major bottlenecks are the TSMC and Samsung microchip foundries, who lead the industry in terms of manufacturing process and capacity. TSMC produces the CPUs and GPUs for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and Sony and Microsoft are “bracing for supply to get worse before it gets better in 2021, potentially even affecting the next holiday season.”

Broken supply: Both Microsoft and Sony have struggled to meet demand after their launch supply flew off the shelves, even though Sony increased their production order after demand proved greater than expected. High-end electronics manufacturing is reeling from supply chain disruption due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Backlog blues: Back orders snatch up all available supply and production capacity, and shipping commands a premium. Asian manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the huge demand for semiconductors, so don't expect to see next-generation consoles, GPUs or CPUs in stock any time soon. Nintendo will probably laugh all the way to the bank this year too.

What fan game did Andrew Spinks work on before creating Terraria?

a) Super Mario Bros. X
b) Pokémon Uranium
c) Another Metroid 2 Remake
d) Full Screen 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.

Creepy Castaway Simulator in 3 days

Klei’s Don’t Starve started as a jam game where the company put together a quick and dirty prototype in just three days. The project caught the attention of the rest of the company, and eventually turned into a successful series of survival games.

Don't Starve has had multiple DLC expansions

It was referred to as a “creepy Castaway simulator” during the game jam before it was named Don’t Starve. If you stay out in the dark away from your camp for too long, you will eventually be attacked by a creature called The Grue, which is a reference to the classic text adventure Zork.

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Little Nightmares 2 and Super Mario

Not the most exciting week for games, but Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury adds multiplayer and a bonus campaign to the Wii U classic. If you’re more in the mood for horror, Little Nightmares 2 will definitely keep you up at night.

Mario celebrates its 35th anniversary with Bowser's Fury

Thursday – February 11th

  • Death Crown for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Little Nightmares 2 for PC, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Friday – February 12th

  • Gal*Gun Returns for PC, Switch
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury for Switch

UK’s Channel 4 revive GamesMaster show

British broadcaster Channel 4 is reviving their classic videogame show GamesMaster, which originally aired between 1992 and 1998.

Fans have long hoped for a GamesMaster revival in the UK

The cult classic show was hosted by Dominik Diamond and featured the late Sir Patrick Moore as the titular GamesMaster, and featured game reviews, challenges and a competition where guests competed for a GamesMaster Golden Joystick trophy.

Sir Patricks only: The new show format will be a bit different, featuring five celebrities who will be compete across three episodes, leaving a single winner who will presumably become GamesMaster. The announcement briefly featured a picture of Sir Patrick Stewart, but no indication of how he might be involved.

Game on: “They’ll play each other at everything from iconic classics to brand new releases. We’ll also be serving tonnes of extra gaming-themed content to our audiences to keep them coming back for more,” Channel 4 old potential advertising partners.

What fan game did Andrew Spinks work on before creating Terraria?

ANSWER: Super Mario Bros. X!

Co-op in my old school mario platforming? More likely than you’d think

Before Terraria became a world-conquering cross-platform indie darling, designer Andrew Spinks practiced game design by making Super Mario Bros. X. Mixing Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it also featured an in-depth level editor – half a decade before Super Mario Maker launched on Wii U.

Super Mario Bros. X suffered the same fate as so many other Nintendo fan projects: A cease-and-desist letter from Nintendo’s legal department. Fortunately, other fans have carried on the torch and built on the original to make Super Mario Bros X2. It’s not that hard to find if you go look for it!

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.