Nintendo wants to take further steps with 3D Mario

Today: Dataminers have already trained their pickaxes on upcoming Pokémon remake — New Sonic game looks set to go open-world — Ubisoft is trying to prevent a worker exodus with salary hikes

Shigeru Miyamoto wants to take 3D Mario games even further in the future

Animation of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Super Mario is still going strong after 35 years, with successes like Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario 3D World as well as an upcoming animated movie. Shigeru Miyamoto is nowhere near done with Mario, and wants the next game in the series to push into new territory.

After Super Mario Galaxy, the goal was to make a “more accessible 3D Super Mario game,”, which resulted in New Super Mario Bros Wii, which took the series back to its 2D side-scrolling roots.

  • Super Mario Odyssey is the best-selling 3D mario with 22 million sales
  • Super Mario Galaxy is the second best at 12.8 million sales
  • New Super Mario Bros Wii earned both critical acclaim and adoring fans
  • Super Mario 3D World was re-released in February this year

Accessibility: “When we develop software, we strive to incorporate new elements, but at the same time we want to make it easy for even first-time players to have fun,” Miyamoto told investors in a financial report Q&A.

3D is staying: “People of all generations have been enjoying the 3D Mario game Super Mario Odyssey, so for 3D Mario going forward, we want to try expanding further in new ways.”

Who asks you to blow up Megaton in Fallout 3?

a) Allistair Tenpenny
b) Mr. Burke
c) Gob
d) Your Dad

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.

Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl leaked

Pokemon Trainer throwing Pokeball in the open landscape

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl for Switch has leaked ahead of its November 19th release date, and players have already started building their Pokémon dream teams.

The remake was developed using the Unity engine, so dataminers can't use the same tricks as they did with Pokémon Sword & Shield. On the other hand, decompiling Unity projects is quite trivial, so expect a thorough spelunking soon.

Collectors: If you're into Pokémon collectables, you should keep your wallet locked up because these Baccarat Pokémon figurines are not cheap: $440 for a 5.7 inch Pikachu and $410 for a 2.7 inch Poke Ball.

Shiny: That's relatively cheap compared to the positively eye-watering price commanded by the 11.8 inch Pikachu Fragment figurine designed by artist Hiroshi Fujiwara. Only 25 have been made, and they cost no less than $25,000 a pop.

Sonic Frontiers trademark filed in Japan

Still shot of Sega’s new Sonic game teaser

There's a new Sonic game in the works, and it looks like it will feature a whole new take on the fastest thing alive: A more Zelda-like open world in the freshly trademarked Sonic Frontiers.

The filing was made shortly after rumours started saying that the next game in the series will be called Sonic Frontiers and feature an open world, and Sega revealed its plans for a new Sonic game in May this year.

Rangers: The new game is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S and cybersleuths have also uncovered signs of something called Sonic Rangers, although it might simply be a working title for Sonic Frontiers.

Adventure: In any case, Sega's vice president of product development for Sonic, Takashi Iizuka, says that he would like the next game to have as much of a lasting impact as Sonic Adventure did in 1998.

We are giving away Encodya for Switch

Animation of ENCODYA’s Neo Berlin

Get the blood pumping with the Adrenaline Rush Bundle on Humble Bundle where no less than 11 games worth about $172 can be yours if you spend $8.12 or more.

Test your mettle with the Survive or Die Game Bundle which offers up 7 survival games worth $159 if you pay at least $11.

Cybernetic and Focus Home sales

Focus Home Interactive Publisher Sale banner

The future is not looking bright in the Humble Bundle Cybernetic Sale, but at least the prices are low: Up to 86% discount on big names including Death Stranding, Cyberpunk 2077, and Deus Ex.

The Focus Home Interactive Publisher Sale offers up to 80% off the publisher's catalogue, which includes Greed Fall, Farming Simulator, Aliens, The Surge, and Vampyr.

Who asks you to blow up Megaton in Fallout 3?

Mr. Burke in Moriaty's Saloon. He seems nice enough...

ANSWER: Mr. Burke!

Fallout 3 brought the series into full 3D, and turned the classic turn-based role-playing game into an open-world action game. It also meant a bit of a tonal shift for the series, and nothing symbolizes that quite as powerfully as the town of Megaton, a rickety shantytown built around an undetonated nuclear warhead.

By the time you arrive, plans for detonating the warhead are already in motion, and a mysterious figure called Mr. Burke invites you to do the deed for his employer, Allistair Tenpenny. You're free to refuse, of course, and can even put a few bullets in his head without anyone so much as batting an eyelid – but if you have a severe shortfall of scruples, you can watch the nuke go off from a swanky suite in the Tenpenny Tower.

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!