Mario Bandicoot, Spring Season brings Pokemon Events

Today: Get nostalgic with Aspyr’s Republic Commando remaster — Aaron Greenberg promises Xbox mini fridge after defeating Skittles — Netflix has finished filming the second season of The Witcher

Scalpers try to cash in on 3D All-Stars

Mario’s 35th anniversary celebration is over, Nintendo has pulled Super Mario 3D All-Stars from sale and now the scalpers want to cash in.

Three-in-one but now for none

Super Mario 3D All-Stars was only for sale until April 1st but you can still redeem retail codes if you have them, and they're the ones flooding online auction sites now. The scalpers want exorbitant prices, and some auctions have Buy Now prices as high as $2600.

All-time high: Some opening bids are as high as $1000, so the scalpers are either bidding on their own auctions to create the illusion of interest, or there are desperate souls out there who only became aware of Super Mario 3D All-Stars a week after it went off sale.

Voodoo economics: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and recent GPUs from AMD and Nvidia have also been popular with scalpers, who use bots to buy as many units as they can and then sell them on auction sites for many times the retail price. Nintendo has dropped hints that Super Mario 3D All-Stars might become available again at a later date.

What was the first Lego videogame?

a) Lego Creator
b) Lego Island
c) Lego Fun to Build
d) Lego Chess

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.

A real quacking mad homage

Ubisoft’s Donald Duck: Goin’ Quackers from 2000 had different names in PAL and NTSC territories, and was sold as Donald Duck: Quack Attack in Europe.

Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers released in late 2000

The PC, PlayStation, Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 versions used the Rayman 2 engine and was a combination of side-scrolling and into-the-screen platforming, while the GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions were almost exclusively into-the-screen and were intended as an homage to Donald Duck artist Carl Barks, who died the year the game was released.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Get back behind that clone trooper visor

Oddworld: Soulstorm is both a re-imagining of Abe’s Exoddus and a follow-up to New’n’Tasty, and is out this week for PC and PlayStation. The cult classic Star Wars: Republic Commando has been remastered and returns to consoles this week.

Oddworld first launched in 1997

Tuesday – April 6th

  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page for PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm for PC, PS4, PS5
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando for NS, PS4

Thursday – April 8th

  • Island for NS

Friday – April 9th

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV for PC, NS

Celebrate bunny season in Pokémon Go

The snow is receding, the flowers are blooming and spring and Easter events are all the rage in Pokémon Go, Pokémon Masters EX, and Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Plenty of Pokemon Eggs to hunt this Easter

Pokémon Café Mix

  • Galarian Slowpoke returns for Team Event April 7th-21st

Pokémon GO

  • Spring into Spring event
    • Runs: April 4th-8th
    • Rabbit and Spring themed Pokémon in wild and Eggs
    • Mega Lopunny and Shiny Bunnelby introduced
    • Flower Crown Happiny in Eggs
    • Flower Crown Chansey in wild

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Pasio Eggsplorers Story Event
    • Runs: April 2nd – 16th
    • Focuses on May & Burgh
    • Daily stage to get special Egg Pokémon
    • Seasonal Scouts for Sync Pairs May & Lopunny and Burgh & Togepi
  • Champion Stadium updated
    • Hard Level 1 Mode
    • Battle Unova Elite Four & Champion
    • Complete once per week with Sync Pair types
  • The Leaf & Gladion Spotlight Scout
  • Morty, Jasmine and Glacia Spotlight Scout
  • Leaf & Eevee with with Sync Grid and 6 Star EX Costume

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Wild Area Event has shifted
  • Easter Pokémon leave boosted raids

What was the first Lego videogame?

ANSWER: Lego Fun to Build!

Shoot, I knew I shouldn’t have sold my Pico...

Admit it: You thought Lego Island was the first Lego game, right? Close! It was the first Lego game released outside of Japan, but the very first Lego game ever made was for an unpopular Sega console called Pico, which focused on educational games.

It was called Lego Fun to Build, and was more of a teaching tool than a game. Each level featured a few puzzles oriented around building a Lego set, and finishing a puzzle awarded you more minigames while finishing a level unlocked a free build mode. It wasn’t much of a success, but it’s still the very first Lego game ever made.

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