Banjo-Kazooie hops onto XBLA Nov. 26

Rare's acclaimed N64 platformer heads to Microsoft's online storefront in time for Thanksgiving for $15; Banjo-Tooie due in early 2009.

This past August offered a bumper crop of Xbox Live Arcade offerings. In quick succession, Microsoft fired off a number of AAA downloadable games, including Geometry Wars 2, Braid, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Galaga Legions, and Castle Crashers.

The remainder of the year will see XBLA receive several more top titles. During its E3 2008 press event, Microsoft revealed that Banjo-Kazooie would join a handful of other previously proven winners on XBLA this holiday. Today, Microsoft announced that Rare's critically acclaimed 1998 N64 platformer will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade on November 26 for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

As previously announced, gamers can pick the downloadable game up for free and gain access two weeks early by preordering Rare's upcoming Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts at participating retailers. The XBLA game will factor into Rare's latest Xbox 360 exclusive, giving gamers the ability to unlock additional content in Nuts & Bolts when it rides into retail November 11. Banjo-Kazooie also features a graphical update, as well as achievement points.

In addition to dating and pricing Banjo-Kazooie, Microsoft's announcement also revealed that its follow-up, Banjo-Tooie, is slated for an XBLA revival in early 2009. The publisher did not reveal any other details on how the well-reviewed 2000 N64 sequel will be revamped for the current console generation.

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

 I fucking farted, you jerkwads.       

sonyisevil
sonyisevil

I want banjo tooie to come out already! It's even better than the original, and banjo kazooie was great. I downloaded banjo kazooie and beat it already, now i'm just waiting for banjo tooie...

s_triforce
s_triforce

Why on earth is Microsoft re-releasing Banjo-Kazooie, when it should have been Wii?! Microsoft does not deserve to have the posibility to release such a fine game. What a shame...

rafa888
rafa888

$15!! WTF also b waiting, till dec 3 sks, but its worth it

iownhalo
iownhalo

fuk people that change release dates at the last minute when you are prepared to download it and you've been waiting for it for months!

MuscleCarMan
MuscleCarMan

Wow $15, thats pretty expensive for a game this old, i'll probably end up getting it anyway though. I loved the original and loved Tooie as well.

Ed_The_Great
Ed_The_Great

$15?!...Rare's a little too greedy here.After looking at the video,there's not much of a graphical improvement to warrant a $15 purchase.I guess since every xbla game these days are going at $15 they might as well join the trend.I think $10 would be more reasonable and I'll buy it with no hesitation.

orravann
orravann

so i guess it wont be here in time for thanksgiving, thats just great!! i have to wait another week

Hikaru_Isamu
Hikaru_Isamu

These delays are getting a bit tedious, to be honest.

T070Y
T070Y

Almost Here!!!

Scure_NS
Scure_NS

Wii really deserve to by console of the year...but maybe in 2004! haha..ha..hmmm I play the demo of the new Banjo...vehicle, lego , mini games,hmm..and I give joypad to my 4year old sister and it was complex for her, like it is easy and stuped for me and my free time.. My Score: 2- (2-, just because design) Take this score serious, I am the banjo fan,and I played x360 version!

Scure_NS
Scure_NS

no UNREAL_IRLman22, you dont understand...Wii has most powerfull graphic and Banjo deserve to be only for wii...trust me I own x360, ...one day I rent wii, and when I turn him on my LCD....then I understand, wii have most powerfull bluring effects on next gen platforms.And we must respect that!

Scure_NS
Scure_NS

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UNREAL_IRLman22
UNREAL_IRLman22

blufalcon, you obviously didnt pass grammer class....so i recommend getting on that asap. as for 360 having "no good rare games" buy a 360 and pick up viva pinita and perfect dark......and besides the fact that grabbed by the ghoulies was NOT a 360 game, would you really rather your "beloved" DK be ported to the wii and have u adjust to using motion controllers for a PLATFORMER? and i recommend not being so freakin arrogant and afraid of change just because business is business and u dont wanna play on the console with the best games for the current generation. here's my last suggestion....why dont you BUY A 360! so then you could play all your "ONLY GOOD ON NINTENDO" Rare games so you can stop crying and just play and enjoy the games...... nothings gonna change just because one "Rare:Nintendo ONLY" fanboy is whining on the forums.

RaZorNOR
RaZorNOR

this game is not going to be an epic fail! BLuFAlc0n YOU are an epic fail!!!

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

@ ctburesch Ur MEGA WRONG!! THHIS DLC IS GOING TO BE AN EPIC FAIL! N64 version is always the ORIGINAL and the BEST! Rare doesn't suit Microsoft, because they have no strong bonding, and the Xbox is simply WRONG for RARE! Rare works best with Nintendo! Don't you people noticed that THERE IS NO GOOD GAMES FOR THE 360 that IS MADE BY RARE!!! Come on, Grabbed by the Ghoulies???? Like who'll want that! Real games Like Donkey Kong Country! Starfox Adventures! DK64 - My fav. Rare Game!! All good Rare games are in Nintendo and the bad Rare games are in the Microsoft! Now Microsoft bought out Rare, Rare became a bad developer since, some good way of blackmailing by Microsoft huh? NO RARE = NO DK!!!!!!!!!! urghhhh!!!!!! Microsoft DOESN'T EVEN NEED RARE ANYWAY!!!!! WHY DID THEY BOUGHT RARE??????? Well I did noticed about 2 Nintendo games FOR a Nintendo console, THAT HAS THE LOGO OF RARE! Here's the thing, If Rare became a double agent for Nintendo and Microsoft, RELEASE THE NEW BANJO for the Wii(which will suit best), and DLC of all Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie, this means MORE DK!!!!! If Microsoft is too kind of doing this, I'll regret everything about me saying Microsoft is the most evil company EVER! Or if Microsoft gave back Rare to the Original owner, I'll get a 360!

Supreme4dmira1
Supreme4dmira1

They can't release it, because Nintendo shares the rights to Goldeneye, not sure about perfect dark. If Nintendo allowed Rare to re-develop Goldeneye they would be able to re-release it on Nintendo's VC and XBLA, however they want to keep Goldeneye, DK64, etc. "Nintendo titles". So it is better that no one gets the rights then everyone, in Nintendos opinion. I don't see the point in it, but some Nintendo fans agree, so maybe they are right.

nick15uk
nick15uk

I don't get it! If they can re-release this then why not Goldeneye/Perfect Dark. It's not fair! Rare should rebel against Microsoft and become indie again.

ctburesch
ctburesch

Why exactly doesn't Rare suit Microsoft. I think they are a great match. They are better on the Xbox than on the Wii. What a joke..the Wii.

Supabul
Supabul

Banjo-Tooie cool I never played that one.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

10 years ago this was a good laugh and pretty good fun and now its probably a Classic! now lets just hope whoever's porting it gives it what it richly and respectively deserves a nice makeover!

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

Rare doesn't really suit Microsoft, this is one of the reasons why I don't like Microsoft.

REBEL6
REBEL6

Banko Kazzoie probably wont be available for Wii, Shortly after banjo tooie's release Microsoft bought Rare, and now Rare exclusively develops for Microsoft, I was a die hard Nintendo fan because of rare, rare are the reason i bought a X360

sparks12935
sparks12935

The game does look amazing though! I love the new look and the different direction they're heading. I can't wait to play it! Either on the Xbox 360 or on the Wii, if they make one for the Wii.

sparks12935
sparks12935

What about the Nintendo Wii? Didn't Banjo-Kazooie originate with Nintendo? I think this game should go to the Wii as well. Plus, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie should be added to the Wii Virtual Console. It just makes sense, is all, and it would save me a lot of money... I don't have an Xbox 360! Ugh. Maybe I could ask my dad to buy me one. Hahaha.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Banjo-Kazooie rocks but I still debating on Nuts and Bolts but if by buying Nuts and Bolts I can get the original Banjoo-Kazooie free I can't pass that up. Rare make me love you again.

firehawk110
firehawk110

I cant wait for this, banjo kazooie nuts and bolts AND the original with stop and swop, life is good

Brad4815
Brad4815

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Brad4815
Brad4815

I hope Rare makes more XBLA games, Goldeneye anyone??? And it would be friggin sweet if they made Goldeneye online too!!!!

HardcoreBunni
HardcoreBunni

The achievement points are a nice touch. I'm liking XBLA more and more. Good move, Microsoft. :)

TheDanwich
TheDanwich

Actually ignore my previous comment beacause it doesn't make any sense

necronaux
necronaux

So we should be seeing other Rare titles, right?

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

IMHO I agree with you on some points Vivendidoom. I think that this is a great move by micosoft to get Banjo-Kazooie on the Xbox360. (Will help them expand their fanbase and with the NXE update soon before even more so) But I also agree that Microsoft needs to keep the hardcore games comeing. We have so many right now it's not even funny. I just hope that we can get Kingdom Hearts on the Xbox360, as well as keep Viva Pinatia on the Xbox360 as well. We have the fallowing exclusives now for the casual game market and kids: Ages 5-10: Viva Pinatia: Truble in Paradise Viva Pinatia Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts Sceene it! Buzz Master Quiz Sceene it! Buzz Master Quiz 2 At the Movies Lips Ages 10-16: Naruto: Rise of a Ninja Naruto: The Broken Bond Tales of Vasperia Infinite Undiscovery StarOcean: The Last Hope Slipheed Xbox360 also has a number of hardcore games that are exclusives: Ages 18 and up: Gears of War Gears of War 2 Halo3 (Not yet confirmed Halo ODST game) Fable2 Mass Effect Too Human Also if you add in the Xbox Live Arcade games to the list it grows big time: Kids/Famly: Hexic HD Hexic HD2 Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Tooie UNO Age of Booty Domino Master Mini Golf Adventures Geomatry Wars: Retro Evolved Geomatry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 BattleZone Astroids Astroids: Deluxe Galiga Leagions Aces of the Galaxy Band of Bugs Astro Pop Ages 14-16: Assault Heros Assault Heros 2 World Class Poker Texas Hold em Castle Crushers Ages 18-40: DukeNukem 3d (with updated effects) DOOM so you see we have a crap load to offer now and later for kids, and famliy fun games. We just need to get them into XBL.

Leo_Colt
Leo_Colt

It was confirmed elsewhere that Nintendo agreed to let Rare put BK on 360. They're likely getting royalties and free advertising.

vivendidoom
vivendidoom

They should stop worrying about banjo, and move on to a grandour game that would generate sales instantly among the early gamer history. Im talking to you Raraware...BRING BACK KILLER INSTINCT!!! or so help me, when i get out of college, I'll obtain the right adn head the team into glory from the old days!! All I gotta do is pitch the idea and why it would make them money and everyone happy!!! its a great business move for rare also...it would efinatly get their name ahead of the pack to where they were about 8 years ago!

zullos5
zullos5

What a lot of people tend to forget is, Rare and Nintendo still have a good relationship. That's why Banjo-Kazooie and -Tooie are coming to 360 even though the games have tons of references to older Nintendo games. In fact, I bet 30$ that Nintendo is glad to see BK back in action as well as the originals coming to Xbox. People should stop worrying and just wait for the game to come out and make an informed judgment. So to all the pre-haters out there, go away and give us your reviews AFTER the game come out.

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

the original game was 1 of the best platformers ever and it will make nuts and bolts look crap iv played through banjo-kazooie on n64 3 times and finished it 100% i even got those unlockables that they show you at the end of the game and im still gonna get this dwnload the new game looks like it could be crap with so much focus on vheicles i hope thers loads of platforming!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I cant wait, I loved that game

godzillab10
godzillab10

wrong there earlmccormick88. Nintendo owns the rights. Donkey Kong and any character in the series is owned by Nintendo. Rare gave up the rights to those characters when they ended their contract with Nintendo.

majindustin
majindustin

I swear to god I would pay $100 for GoldenEye if they just added online multiplayer to it.

ShipwreckX
ShipwreckX

The need Jet Force Gemini as well.

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

That just let u know right there that 360 should be able to get Donkey Kong 64. Owned by Rare

brok
brok

that's all well and good, but we need goldeneye, perfect dark, and conker

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I think $15 is a bit high but then again, I think $10 is high for a arcade game.