Mirror’s Edge and Banjo Kazooie demos are now available

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Before you mention it, yes I am a bit late on this news bit, however a certain LittleBigGame has taken all my free time away. Now available on XBLA and PSN is a demo for Mirror’s Edge, a first person platformer for the 360 and PS3. The demo gives you a tutorial level as well as the first stage from the game. From what I played it is just how I imagined it, a great new game that tries something new and succedes, it’s good to take risks!

Next Up this week is a demo for Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts on the XBLA. This demo is huge, you basicaly have the entire first world to play around it spanning multiple levels. From what I have played, it looks amazing and certainly feels like the classic Banjo we love, except with vehicles…alot of them. Infact I am still trying to decide if I like the vehicles yet and that is something I will likely have to decide come the games release this month.

Spelunker will be making its way to PSN

Spelunker is getting a graphically overhauled remake on the PSN. This was originally a platformer on the NES which made it’s way to the virtual console earlier this year. A new feature is the ability to play in 4-player split screen, something obviously never possible on the NES. The game has an emphasis on ladder climbing, pit jumping, hazardous obstacles and most of all dieing a lot.

LBP Beta Code contest winner announced!

The results are in guys along with a video I made of the live drawing so nobody feels cheated. I won’t spoil the winner in case you want to find out yourself, however they have been notified already on PSN (In 2 days if they do not send me a message acknowledging my message I will re-draw another winner if needed as long as they have not used to code by then).

Thank you to all who participated in the contest, I had a fun time reading all of your comments and was very suprised to see Earthworm Jim just dominating in nominations for a series remake (which is coming by the way guys, just search Earthworm Jim on here). Stay tuned for future contests on Platformer Update!

Win a Little Big Planet Beta Code courtesy of Platformer Update

Platformer Update is giving away one Beta Code to Little Big Planet to one lucky reader. These codes are no easy task to get a hold of, in fact as soon as websites have allowed visitors to sign up, the sites crash shortly afterwards. The rules are simple, just follow these easy steps and you will be one step closer to playing in the Beta:

  • Leave a comment telling us your Top 3 favorite platformer games of all time and one platformer series/game that most deserves to be revived or remade (explainations are fine but not required) for next gen systems. (For help on defining a platformer game please browse this website or visit our About page)
  • In the comment, please include your PSN Account name (You will be notified by a comment on your PSN name with your code.)
  • Limit 1 entry per person (comment more than once and you will be immediately disqualified!)
  • This entry period ends at 11:59pm ET on Saturday, October 4th. We’ll choose our favorite entries and randomly select one winner at that time to receive one Beta Code, you will be notified by your PSN name not email. (Please note, no biases in terms of the game series you pick will play a role in our selection, we will just be weeding out obvious spam entries, so in essence every entry could be called a “favorite”) Good luck, please make sure you have read the rules carefully, any missing fields will automatically disqualify you!

LittleBig PSP?

Sony’s LittleBigPlanethas certainly been the apple of the gaming media’s eye. With the console version releasing not too far off, gamers and the media are abuzz about the exciting new create-your-own platformer game that many have lauded as revolutionary.

So would it come as any surprise that Sony would like to slice off more of the pie?

That’s right, a LittleBigPlanetgame could be coming to a PSP near you.

Media Molecule’s co-founder Mark Healy mentioned the possibility while talking with Eurogamer TV:

There’s definitely scope for a PSP version. We’ve had discussions and talks, [but] nothing concrete at the moment. It’d be great to make, for the people who are really into the Create side, some kind of companion products that allow you to create things while you’re on the train.

One thing that I’d love to add is the ability to create you’re own music, for example, that you can import into the game. That seems like an obvious one to do and it’d be quite easy really.

What exactly the game could be is anyones guess, but if you need further proof then consider the fact Media Molecule just posted an online job ad for a “PSP Game Engine Lead”.

Let the speculation begin!

Mirror’s Edge offers up a less-than-normal special edition

When you normaly think of special editions for games these days, what comes to mind? “Making of” bonus discs, art books, soundtracks, maybe a figurine, but never really messenger bags (unless you count the GTA4 duffle bag). EA is going to be offering a special edition bundled with the above messenger bag for $130, if you are bad at math it is really like paying an extra $70 for the bag itself. A bit much? maybe, unless you will actually make use of it than thats a different story. Either way, Mirror’s Edge still makes our list for one of the top 5 platformers to look forward to in 2008.

Reminder: Today is a huge day for platforming!

Just in case you have been living under a rock, here is what is being released today for platformer fans:

I myself am very much looking forward to de Blob, as according to the reviews it is shaping up to be one of the best Wii games out there. If you read just one review for de Blob, make sure it is the IGN one as it is actually very informative and well written. Wario Land is also getting some nice critical acclaim, and Kirby is a for sure buy for fans of the pink puff ball as many regard this entry in the series to be the very best one. To top it all off Mega Man 9 hits the Wii’s Virtual Console a bit earlier than its 360 and PS3 counterparts for 1,000 Wii points, I myself am waiting for the HD 360 version. Vectorman also makes it’s was onto the VC, experience one of the best technically impressive platformers the Genesis has to offer.