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.

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Banjo Kazooie website gets a nice overhaul

RARE recently updated their Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts website with a nice new look and tons of community features. Everything from developer blogs, a forum, all kinds of info and media and coolest of all they have a “fansite kit” which allows fans of the game access to all types of images and such to make their own sites for the game. Future features include leaderboards and a “photo showroom” to share (I’m guessing) your vehicle creations. What does that mean? maybe there is a way to screen capture your vehicles in game and somehow upload them straight to the website or something.

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.

Get a glimpse of Banjo Kazooie in high definition

 Since I cannot embed Gametrailers large, wonderful HD videos, I am simply going to have to link you to their newly posted XBLA Banjo Kazooie trailer in HD form. Bottom line is it looks very pretty, I mean sure you can really see how blocky characters and structures are now, but don’t forget this is an HD N64 game, textures really seem improved however and I can’t wait to play this game. Don’t forget as we previously reported that if you reserve Nuts & Bolts at Gamestop you will get this a full two weeks before it hits XBLA…for free! Not only that, but achievements you unlock in BK will unlock more features in Nuts & Bolts.

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.

Some fresh new Banjo Kazooie screens to drool over

Kotaku has provided us with some new juicy screenshots of Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts which do a good job of showing it’s large scale environments and vehicles to help us anticipate it’s Novemeber 14th release. So head on over there and check them out!

We hoot over Owlboy, a new 2D platformer for Xbox 360 and PC

Owlyboy is a 2D platformer for the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs being created by D-Pad Studios. Here is the brief story of the game”

Go with Otus on a free flying quest into the clouds and discover the secrets of the floating islands while preserving the Owls’ integrity…

More 2D platforming? We sure are excited! It’s being entered into the IGF, so heres hoping it gets more exposure and can stand out from the crows of all the other downloadable games out there. Hit the break for some images. Continue reading