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.
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.
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.
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