Rumour: Mario HD Collection Coming to Switch
2020 is the year of Mario! This year marks the 35th anniversary of Mario – or at least that is what is being widely reported. It has actually been 37 years since the release of Mario Bros. in arcades (and a few months later on the Famicom) – and so the 35th anniversary is for the Japanese release of Super Mario Bros. on the Famicom. At any rate to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Mario’s breakthrough game it has been rumoured that the reason that Nintendo were finally going to attend E3 this year was in order to announce a collection of 3D Mario HD ports – sort of like a modern Super Mario All-Stars.
This rumour is sourced from VGC, who claim that multiple sources have confirmed it. The collection will include Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Additionally Nintendo were also going to announce a deluxe version of Super Mario 3D World as well as a new game in the Paper Mario series. The Paper Mario game will allegedly take its cues from Paper Mario and Thousand-Year Door, as opposed to taking its cues from some of the more experimental (and gimmicky) games that came later.
A 3D Mario HD collection would make a lot of sense, as the three games together represent enough value for nintendo to be able to sell it for $60. Moreover, Nintendo is already selling a HD emulated version of Super Mario Galaxy on the Nvidia Shield TV in China, so it had to come to the Switch at some point since the Shield TV is basically the same hardware as the Switch. That being said, Nintendo is such a greedy company that it feels uncharacteristic for them to be selling these titles as one $60 package as opposed trying to nickel and dime their customers into buying them for $40 each. The rumour is very specifically for the collection as a whole though, so maybe this is a rare moment of lucidity for Nintendo. They will sell more copies this way. It will be interesting to see if they include Super Mario Galaxy 2 with Super Mario Galaxy, as that is generally held to be the better game.
Corona-Chan Cancels The Last of Us II
Thank you based Corona-chan! Not only has our girl seen fit to gift Australians with early access to Final Fantasy VII, but she has also seen fit to cancel the release of The Last of Us II! The game was set to release on May 29, but has now been delayed indefinitely. Too bad! Looks like the weirdo sex pests of Resetera will have to get their smelly lesbian kisses elsewhere! One tends to be rather derisive of the argument that spoilers are something that even matter, much less are something that should be actively avoided, but today one feels rather positively disposed towards spoiler hysteria. Apparently Sony could not ensure that all their shipments would be in place in time for the game’s launch, and so Naughty Dog appear to have cancelled the game’s release to prevent people who cannot get the game at launch being spoiled. That is such a shame, but we all know that spoilers are super important. We absolutely must do everything in our power to prevent any possible occurrence of spoilers. The reign of terror of the spoibois must be stopped at any cost, and one is willing to sacrifice any number of pretentious Naughty Dog games to achieve that outcome!
The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. However, even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The Last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.
TDT has previously joked about the possibility that the Coronavirus could potentially delay the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, with the mindset that this outcome would be humorous but likely impossible – yet here is that very thing happening to The Last of Us II! Corona-chan is a blessing sent to us through the benevolence of God, and long may she rain her miasmic coofs down upon the offices of Naughty Dog! The Last of Us II’s launch must at any cost be delayed until such a time as Sony is able to insure that 0.000% spoilers are able to occur!
Gearbox Employees Shortchanged on Bonus
Gearbox Software offers employees a salary below the industry standard, but to compensate for this they have a profit sharing scheme in place which sees 60% of royalties go to the company (and to Randy) while 40% of royalties go to employees in the form of bonus cheques. This week six Gearbox employees reached out to the gaming press to get the word out that they have been screwed out of their bonus cheques. Throughout The five year development of Borderlands 3 employees had been plied with promises of five and six figure bonus cheques, and then Borderlands 3 went on to sell what it needed to, but when it came time for bonuses it was only a tiny fraction of what it should have been.
In the meeting where this occurred Pitchford claimed that the game had been more expensive to produce than expected, the company had opened up a second studio in Quebec, and that sales projections had been off – and went on to say that anyone not happy with this was free to quit. OK, so the game was more expensive to produce than expected. Fine. But how does opening a second studio effect royalty payments? Was the studio opened with the 40% of royalties owed to employees rather than the 60% retained by the studio? Are a studio of brand new employees sharing the royalties earned over five years by the Texas studio who developed Borderlands 3? Who’s fault is that? And sales projections were off?! Borderlands 3 is the best selling and fastest selling entry in the Borderlands franchise. It has sold almost eight million copies. If these sales are not meeting projections then just what were the projections? Of course these are all just excuses. Randy Pitchford is full of excuses. Pitchford is a known quantity though, and has been so for many years. When you work for Randy Pitchford you get what you deserve. Do not be surprised to see an exodus of talent from Gearbox over the next year.