Matt Hazard joins Banjo's Nuts & Bolts on XBL

Xbox Live Update: D3Publisher's action hero returns for the first time on Microsoft's online arcade while Rare's vehicular platformer heads to Games on Demand.

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One commonly accepted business maxim is that an established franchise is a safer bet than an original, unproven property. D3Publisher opted to pursue a workaround for its all-new downloadable action game hero Matt Hazard, fabricating an extensive backlog of games extending to the 8-bit era before releasing the franchise's actual first installment, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, in February 2009.

This week, D3Publisher's action franchise can legitimately call itself a series, as the Vicious Cycle-developed Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond arrives on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday. (A PlayStation 3 edition will be available on Thursday.) Available for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), Blood Bath and Beyond is an arcade-style side-scrolling shooter that sees Matt Hazard squaring off against a host of his nemeses again, for the first time.

Matt Hazard's back…for real this time!

Rare's Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts represents the week's sole Games on Demand addition to the Xbox Live Marketplace. Originally released to a strong critical response in November 2008, Nuts & Bolts sees Rare's iconic duo navigating a world full of obstacles by way of vehicular contraptions designed and built by players. The game is available now for $19.99.

Discussion

18 comments
SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ StJimmy15 That's what I thought. Surely they would get more sales by selling games online that are new, rather than selling games that everyone already owns. @ NoDzombie True. That's the other thing. If they are releasing an old game, they should make it cheaper. Here in Australia, they charge AUS$99 for Mass Effect on games on demand. wtf? You can buy it for $20, even at overpriced eb games... Anyway, I think it all comes down to profit. They sell old games because they've already sold all the discs to shops, etc, so they sell it online so you buy it from Microsoft directly. That's how they get profit on a game retailers wont buy anymore. And they charge more based on the quality/popularity of the game. At least, that's my deduction, based on game selection and pricing. Essentially, they're milking it.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@NoDzombie true stuff man. They're asking $30 for Rainbow six Vegas 2 when I can go to gamestop and get it for like $19... Any game thats been out for over a year is not worth more than 19.99, especially for a digital copy.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I really wish they would put some *good* games up on Games On Demand... (This is the ONLY thing Sony's PSN does better) If PSN can get PSP games on release date, why can't we get some even RECENTLY released games up there? Btw, Matt Hazard is good, but if you've played Shadow Complex, thats exactly how Hazard is.

DitkaKenobi
DitkaKenobi

Hmm. I may have to try out Banjo Kazooie.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I still have no idea why Banjo Kazooie: Nuts And Bolts didn't sell like crazy. That game is awesome and just all around fun to play.

erazor521
erazor521

I wasn't expecting Matt Hazard to come out so soon. Whatever, I'm still excited for it.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

microsoft really need 2 sort out the price for games on demand, banjo-kazooie is a great game, i bought it at release and loved it, but a download for £19.99 here in the uk is ridiculous, u can go into a shop and buy a brand new copy of the game in a box, with a manual and a resale value and it will cost u half of what microsoft want for the download, only an idiot would download from games on demand, here in the uk anyway......

dogpigfish
dogpigfish

That's a great deal for a pretty good game. I will definitely buy it.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

It may work out for this Matt Hazard game, the idea is better suited to a smaller experience.

BlackForestHam
BlackForestHam

19.99 in the usa, everywhere else is a rip. Gears 39.99, banjo 39.99, and cod 2 ! for 39.99. Honestly? Really a game from 2005 for 40$. Canadian prices btw.

fon1988
fon1988

Wooh. I'm happy to see the bear and bird on games on demand. I found this title at Hastings the day after Christmas and bought it for $19.99 new. I hope more people will enjoy this awesome game now.

Auricom-R
Auricom-R

Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts is a fantastic game, criminally underrated. $20 is an absolute steal.

dragonfly110
dragonfly110

thats an awesome deal on nuts and bolts, last I checked it was still goin for 30 in stores.

SiD_N64
SiD_N64

Heck Yes! I think I'm the only one that loved Eat Lead. I'm looking forward to this!

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

looks like the arcade version of Bionic Commando, well reminds me of sorts.

Vandelay16
Vandelay16

So when is Banjo Kazooie 3 coming out? I want a REAL sequel to Banjo Tooie!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

What is this Matt Hazard you speak of? How have I never heard of this series..?