Banjo sequel plucked for April XBLA launch

Rare announces release window for downloadable HD rerelease of Nintendo 64 hit Banjo-Tooie.

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The last remaining entry of the Banjo-Kazooie trilogy is nearly ready to arrive on the Xbox 360. Rare today announced on the official Banjo Web site that the Nintendo 64 platformer Banjo-Tooie will be released on Xbox Live Arcade this April. Previously the game had only been given an early 2009 release window.

"Displays in 720p" and "designed for 720p" are very different things.

Taking advantage of its new system, Banjo-Tooie will be able to display in high-definition resolutions. In addition, developer 4J Studios is implementing a feature Rare actually cut from the original Banjo-Kazooie. Dubbed "Stop 'n' Swop," the feature will use items players have collected in the original Banjo-Kazooie game on Xbox Live Arcade to unlock content in Banjo-Tooie.

The original Banjo-Kazooie and the third proper game in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, were both released on the Xbox 360 last November. Despite a $40 price point and solid reviews for Nuts & Bolts, the game was a disappointment at retail, selling only 140,000 copies in the US in 2008, according to NPD Group.

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Ovirew
Ovirew

Alright, been wondering what the hold-up was with releasing this on Arcade. Glad to hear we will get to see it this month, then!

goldeneye12r
goldeneye12r

Okay, lemme answer a few questions. So, this can be released on Xbox because Rare owns Banjo and kazooie. They made up these characters. Because Rare did most of the game from most of their own ideas, Rare gets a majority of the series. Nintendo only owned part of it, not enough to say that Rare can't release it here. But they do own a fair share amount of Goldeneye, thus the reason Rare didn't get to re-release Goldeneye anywhere... Now for Perfect Dark. PD runs off a suped up Goldeneye engine. Since Nintendo owns part of Goldeneye, they own part of the engine. This way they own part of PD, too. And Banjo did run off of the Super mario 64 engine, but the Xbox version is going to be ported to another engine (HD with Xbox component compatibility). Now this was going to be done to Goldeneye, but Nintendo argued a lot because Nintendo made a hell of a lot of profit off of Goldeneye. I'm just not quite ure what the deal is with Banjo, I guess Nintendo decided to piss off for a little and be nice. Who knows, I'm just super happy this is gonna happen :) Stop n' Swop here I come!

ffx2911
ffx2911

banjo tooie all right i wonder how they will use stop n swap

MegandDia128
MegandDia128

Rocstar 88 Super Mario 64 was a great game but it was just not as fun as Banjo Kazooie and Tooie. Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, and Donkey Kong 64 is among my favorite Platformers

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

I agree with you rockstar_88. I found BK much more enjoyable. It just had style and character not seen in many games. I wish I could say the same for the sequel. It had some nice gameplay additions but the flair and panache that came in spades in the first game is not as apparent here. Still good, but not as enjoyable as the first. Whether I buy this depends solely on the price.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

I'm probably going to get derailed for this, but I have always thought that the original Banjo-Kazooie was superior to Super Mario 64. I can't really explain why, I just always thought there was always that element of exploration and non-linearity that I felt wasn't there in the plumber's 3D adventure.

hardband
hardband

soz im a bit of a conspiritist :)

chappy_man
chappy_man

I am a bit confused, isn't this licensed to Nintendo?

Jebril
Jebril

I agree with Jadefury, and people who think RARE made a 'gewd' game in the last 5 years are pretty effing blind, Nuts and Bolts was not a 'gewd' game in any regards...sorreh to say.

MuscleCarMan
MuscleCarMan

i loved the first two banjo games to death, nuts and bolts on the other hand was boring and felt like a racer with tacked on platformer elements.

Somebody89
Somebody89

Man thats a bummer that Banjo only sold that much. That was one of the most creative and fun games I have played.

hardband
hardband

has any1 noticed, its april? no swap n swap :( i bet u!! its april fools!!!

Bowser05
Bowser05

Though I still have my old cart of Banjo-Kazooie somewhere in my closet, I never did own B-T. I borrowed from a friend around launch, beat it quickly and gave it back. So the ability to own all 3 games in one place is neat, along with the implementation of Stop 'n Swop. I think it's about time I finally pick up my copy of N&B and make it 140,001 copies XD.

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

i still gotta beat banjo 1 on XBLA since its one of the best games.

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

i havent even beat banjo 1 on XBLA yet. i beat it on n64 and its one of the best games ever.

perfect_chao
perfect_chao

i like how the article was named so it would trick people into viewing it.

Snoresnore07
Snoresnore07

frank is right. Mario Kart is nothing like original Mario games, if everyone looked at it and said "forget it, this is not like original Mario" then no one would have enjoyed that extremely fun game, at least i think its extremely fun. There is a demo for Nut & Bolts, everyone who refuses to buy N&B should at least try the demo before jumping to such a bold conclusion that since its not like he original its a horrible game.

McDog3
McDog3

The infamous "Stop 'n' Swop" will be implemented? For a full-fledged BK nerd like me, that is reason enough to check this out.

frankeyser
frankeyser

that is a real shame nuts and bolts is a ton of fun. it is alot like a mario spin off game. you can not compare it to the banjo platformers. you have to think of it like mario kart or mario tennis. it is a really fun game. i just like building cool vechicles. i really like once you discover the mechanics because you can build some amazingly fast and versitle machines. I have an ATV that drives on walls, flies, goes underwater, shoots missles and has a flamethrower yet it is also fast enough with such good handling I have used it for almost every land based race in the game. truely a great game for those of use that like to use our imagination and beat goals in our own way.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

The original Banjo games are awesome. I'm glad they are releasing this on XBLA. On a side note, Rare sure aren't what they used to be.

jadefury27
jadefury27

file this under "who gives a $#!*". Rare needs to be disbanded and scattered to the winds. i can't believe they're still around while studios like clover (okami, god hand, viewtiful joe) are gone. just f'n sad. rare has neutered some of their better series, they need to reboot the perfect dark series and maybe try to develop a new app and stop milking old franchises(gives a side eye) and that goes for ubisoft too.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Everytime something like this comes up I'm saddened that the VC will never see these games. Great in their day, and a shining example that 3D platformers can be done.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

loved the game in its day, much prefer Conkers though, think I will dust off my Xbox copy of it.

Darthnaevus
Darthnaevus

*buys a N64 and plays the original Banjo-Kazooie*

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Microsoft delivers again! :D Thank you, MS & Rare, for keeping your fans happy! :)

xdeiri
xdeiri

banjoo n&b just sucks what have rare done to banjoo and kazzoie

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

the driving aspect killed Nuts and Bolts. I HATE driving games, I drive, I don't want to drive in my games.. and apparently not many other people do either. The platformer genre is dead... more dead than the jrpg genre in the US.

nspeedrace
nspeedrace

to 1425678786655 i guess u dont have alot of friends

drivinggod2005
drivinggod2005

Reasons I will buy this XBLA release: - My N64 is broken. - The framerate on the original game is god awful. - It's GREAT!!!!!

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

Never beat BK when I had it for the N64 back in the day And I never played Tooie either. I just need to get some Microsoft Points and I can do it again the right way now

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

To 1425678786655, Do yourself a favor and smack yourself and your friends because if the cars are the only thing holding you back from buying this game you might as well make yourselves "full retard Nuts and Bolts is an awesome game and playing with the cars made the game even more fun. I can say I wasn't quite sure what to think either because I loved the old games as a kid, but Nuts and Bolts is an amazing game. You're being like the kids who never played Wind Waker because it looked too "cartoony" even though it was crazy good (I played through it 3 times).

rockwii13
rockwii13

THis is still one of my all-time favourite games! I'm definately getting this!

mini-mario
mini-mario

Banjo Tooie was one of my favourite games on the N64. Every 360 owner should buy this: the game is big, clever, funny and just really fun to play. One of the better 3D platformers.

razorfett147
razorfett147

I have to agree with a few posters here: no Perfect Dark??? Hell, if they took the original PD, gave it current gen graphics, and changed NOTHING else.....I'd pay full new game price to have it! Droppin the ball there Rare.

pigman239
pigman239

i bought nuts and bolts and liked it :( tooie was my favorite i can't wait

1425678786655
1425678786655

another great arcade game, i love banjo kazooie. :) i wouldve gotten nuts & bolts if they didnt add those stupid cars to it.. i mean seriously with how the graphics are and if they made it another 3d platformer it wouldve done so so much better! ill probly get it when its like 20 bucks cuz i know its fun but im and old school banjo kazooie player and its just egh.. ALOT of my friends didnt buy it either cuz of the cars added to it im pretty sure alot of people just thought they raped the franchise thats why the sales were bad :(

sinistergoggles
sinistergoggles

Nice! I wish they did this for the Perfect Dark.. and Killer Instinct. :D

francisthompson
francisthompson

it would be nice if they re-did the whole to games al 'a conker live and reloaded

The_Gobfather
The_Gobfather

I love the Banjo-Kazooie series, and will likely get the first two for 360. I can understand how nuts and blots wouldn't cater to old B-K fans but i find it really fun. I'll mainly buy tooie just to beat it, i never owned it for my 64

Argle
Argle

id like to see Rare develop a next-gen platformer (not with driving aspects, although i enjoyed N&B) I think they would do a really good job. id also like to see another Conker game, but that unfortunately doesnt appear to be happening any time soon.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Nuts and Bolts makes this a trilogy??? Yea I know there are some that liked it but I really didn't care for the whole driving part. It also seemed like it lost a lot of what made the old N64 games fun. Maybe i'm missing out on something and when the game becomes $20 I'll buy it to see if I am but right now its just not something I want to throw $40 on.

thunderground2
thunderground2

Rare cant catch a break... and they know it to. Viva Pinata disc in logbox 720 said something like "winner of the best game noone played" most people probally no that tho. Good news about tooie also.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Nuts and Bolts is amazing. I'm surprised it's sold so poorly. Seriously, it's overflowing with ingenuity, humor and just plain fun. Tooie was great, too. Better than the original. And LONG, too.

TheArcade
TheArcade

@zyxomma100L: You are right the 2 Banjo & Kazooie titles are critically acclaimed however I surmise Rare would need Killer Instinct for Xbox 360 in order to put people on notice. Fans of the series pay attention to this because according to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_Instinct Killer Instinct XBLA "In an interview with website 1UP, Rare studio manager, Mark Betteridge, revealed that Rare would like to bring the classic Killer Instinct coin-op to Xbox LIVE Arcade." Rare fans and hardcore fighting gamers alike may get their wish. ;)

starbead
starbead

Grossly overpaying for Rare was one of MS's biggest blunders, right up there with the RROD. Rare was always overrated. Check out their full listing of games. Crappy ports and licensed games up until DK Country. Goldeneye and Perfect Dark were excellent. I never got into Banjo, but obviously some did. Conker was great. So they had a handful great games in 15 years with lots of crap spread filling the gaps. The market for kid-friendly games isn't really there on the Xbox systems. Wii owns that market hands down and the GC was unfairly labelled as the "kiddie system" last generation.