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Lego Luigi set leaked by Amazon China
A while back, Lego Mario started calling out for his brother, and now a listing from Amazon China has confirmed that there’s a Luigi Lego set on the way.
A recent firmware upgrade for the Mario figurine added the option to call out for Luigi, and he will soon join his brother in his Lego adventures in the Lego Super Mario Adventures with Luigi set.
Super Lego Bros: The Luigi set will operate the same way as the existing Mario sets and is fully compatible with them. It also includes a new pink Yoshi figurine.
Summer fun: Lego Super Mario Adventures with Luigi is apparently scheduled for a July 9th launch. While Amazon China quickly removed the listing, the details have all been published on The Brick Fan along with all the images from the listing.
What caused Runescape’s infamous Falador Massacre?
a) A House Party
b) A Duel Arena Mishap
c) Duplicated Party Hats
d) The Gnome Child’s Vacant Countenance
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.
FACT OF THE DAY
The biggest Fantasy became first Mana
Square’s Final Fantasy Adventure was called Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden, and would have been the biggest 8-bit game ever made if Square had stuck with its plan to put it no less than 5 Famicon Disk System disks.
That didn’t happen, since Square decided to shift its resources to the Game Boy, cancelling the original game and refunding all pre-orders. Final Fantasy Adventure is actually the first game in the Mana series, and would later be remade as Sword of Mana for Game Boy Advance, completely severing the game’s ties to the Final Fantasy series.
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Yoko Taro goes small with next game
Nier writer and director Yoko Taro is working on an all-new project with Square Enix, but it’s not going to be a big, blockbuster-grade experience like his previous few projects.
Instead, the new project will be “a somewhat unusual game, I’ve created something mysterious that I have no idea how to explain or sell,” Yoko Taro said. It's going to be an “off-beat game” that will be released digitally at first, but there could be a physical special edition.
High hopes: Producer Yosuke Saito said the game feels both “nostalgic and new,” and that the developers are pretty confident that “it’ll definitely sell well!”
Sad robots: Yoko Taro most recently served as creative director on Nier Reincarnation, a free-to-play mobile game that continues the story from Nier: Automata. The Nier games are actually connected to the Drakengard games, so maybe Yoko Taro's new game also ties into his established story universe?
The latest entry in the long-running survival horror series launches on May 7th for PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and a series of time-limited PlayStation exclusive tasters will become available in the run up to launch.
Showcase: The Resident Evil showcase on April 17th featured gameplay footage, but was light on details. The blog post discusses topics like health system, user interface, typewriters for saving progress and the way the story is told through Ethan's journal entries.
Bad doggos: The woods are teeming with werewolves, and you will need to separate them from their packs to stand a chance. The titular village is a dense, twisting network of “small roads, gardens, backyards and households,” and will have its own threats lurking around. Learn more in the full blog post.
Sony backtracks on PlayStation Store closures for PS3 and PS Vita
Sony recently revealed that it was going to close the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita, which would have effectively closed access to a large library of games across both platforms, especially ones that were only available digitally.
The good news is that last night Sony has issued a statement to say that it got it wrong, “It’s clear that we made the wrong decision here.” said Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO, Jim Ryan, via the PlayStation Blog. “So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices.“
PSP Remains: While both the PS3 and PS Vita have been saved, unfortunately, the PSP will miss out, and its store is still scheduled to be deactivated on July 2, 2021.
People Power: The pressure that fans were able to put on Sony has changed the decision, which is incredibly good news for all of us that still enjoy these devices and have great games left to discover on them. “We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita, so I’m glad we were able to find a solution,” said Ryan.
Atelier Mysterious Trilogy DX up for grabs
The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack is almost here and we’ve got some codes to giveaway for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The JRPG pack includes three games which can all be bought separately, but this week you could maybe get all three by being subscribed to DailyBits
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX can all be yours – all you need to do is sign up for our Atelier Mysterious Trilogy DX Giveaway.
What caused Runescape’s infamous Falador Massacre?
ANSWER: A House Party!
RuneScape might not be as popular as World of WarCraft or as glamorous as Final Fantasy XIV, but it has been going strong for two decades now. A lot can happen in a game over that kind of lifespan, and perhaps the most notorious incident was the Falador Massacre, which started as a house party.
Cursed You, the first player to reach level 99 in construction, celebrated the occasion with a party at his in-game house. Unfortunately, the game couldn't cope with the number of guests, and things soon became rather laggy.
Cursed You started kicking people out of the house, but since some of the guests were fighting in combat rings during the party, a glitch allowed those players to attack others in non-combat zones. You can probably guess what happened next.
The party lives on in infamy, and developer Jagex even re-enacted the massacre a decade later. A true testament to the kind of weird and wonderful stories that only MMOs can tell.
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!