Australian Gaming News Digest for 15 November 2017

Matt Sayer 15 November 2017 NEWS


All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.


A new Super Mario movie could be on its way

It's been nearly 25 years since Nintendo last brought its pasta-loving plumber to the big screen in the notoriously bad Super Mario Bros. film, but it looks like the game studio might finally be ready for a second crack at the movie business. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is currently in talks with the production company Illumination Entertainment to create an animated Super Mario Bros. film, one that would likely follow a similar template to Illumination's notable work on Despicable Me and Minions.

Talks have been ongoing for over a year now, and Illumination has reportedly hit a few roadblocks negotiating the distribution of creative control with Nintendo. Shigeru Miyamoto himself has been involved in the talks, and if it all pans out, he's likely to assume the producer role for the film.

A Mario movie is a no-brainer given the upsurge of popularity Nintendo has recently garnered with the Nintendo Switch, but even if Illumination manages to score the movie rights, it'll be a good few years before we even see a trailer.

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The Game Awards nominations have been revealed

For the third year running, Geoff Keighley's follow-up to the VGAs is set to celebrate the accomplishments of the video game industry early next month. The 2017 Game Awards will stream live around the globe on 8 December, and today the nominees for the event's many award categories have been revealed.

Among the usual suspects like Destiny 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey and the like, smaller titles like Life is Strange: Before the Storm and Hidden Folks have been recognised for their unique contributions to the industry. The climactic Game of the Year award, though, will come down to a battle between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 and Horizon: Zero Dawn.

You can browse the exhaustively-long list of nominees over at The Game Awards website.


HTC is building an all-in-one virtual reality headset

After tackling the premium virtual-reality market with the PC-based Vive headset, HTC has set its sights on standalone VR with the HTC Vive Focus, a new all-in-one VR headset the company revealed at its Vive Developer Conference in Beijing today.

Similar to phone-based headsets like Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, the Vive Focus won't require an expensive PC to run, instead packing all the smarts inside the headset itself. Even better, the headset boasts six-degrees-of-freedom tracking, which means you won't need separate sensors to track your position in 3D space. This gives the Vive Focus a big edge over mobile-based VR, which is only capable of tracking your head movements and not your body position in the real world.

HTC gave no information on pricing or a release date, though it did claim that the Vive Focus will beat other recently-announced standalone VR headsets to the market.

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Darkest Dungeon, Stardew Valley and Minecraft: Story Mode headline the Humble Care Package Bundle

Humble's latest value-packed game bundle is live, and it's one of the biggest yet. Supporting emergency relief efforts around the globe, the Humble Care Package Bundle features 27 standout games, including the brutal RPG Darkest Dungeon, the adorable farming simulator Stardew Valley, the hilarious Minecraft: Story Mode and much, much more. Best of all, Humble will match up to US$300,000 worth of contributions to relief organisations, making the bundle a win-win for both your gaming library and your heart.

For AU$39.30, the 27 games included in the bundle are as follows:

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Minecraft: Story Mode
  • Move or Die
  • Duck Game
  • Her Story
  • She Remember Caterpillars
  • Mighty No. 9
  • Stronghold Legends
  • DreadOut
  • Pony Island
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
  • Arma: Gold Edition
  • Grey Goo
  • Sorcerer King: Rivals
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Kholat
  • Primal Carnage: Extinction
  • Lakeview Cabin Collection
  • The Park
  • Magicka
  • Machinarium Collector's Edition
  • Jump Stars
  • Fearless Fantasy
  • Psychonauts
  • No Time to Explain Remastered

Grab the Humble Care Package Bundle here

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Persona 4 Arena, Tecmo Bowl Throwback, Cars: Mater-National and Jewel Quest are now backwards compatible on Xbox One

The Xbox One's backwards compatibility support continues to grow, with four more Xbox 360 games joining the already-extensive catalogue today. Leading the new arrivals is Persona 4 Arena, the fighting-game spin-off of the much-loved JRPG Persona 4. For lovers of American football, there's also Tecmo Bowl Throwback, the arcade-inspired remake of the original Tecmo Bowl, while younger players can return to the world of Lightning McQueen with Cars: Mater-National. Lastly, the gem-matching Jewel Quest is now playable through backwards compatibility, too.

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