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.

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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.

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!

Pre-ordering Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts gets you the original for free on XBLA

Not only will BK: Nuts and Bolts only be $40 (confirmed by pre-orders) but if you pre-order the game at participating retailers (most likely places like Gamestop, Best Buy, etc) you will get a free voucher code to download the original Banjo Kazooie on XBLA . Since the code will be able to be used the day Nuts and Bolts comes out, this will give you access to download the original about 2 weeks before it is officialy released for download on XBLA. Sounds like a really great deal to me, I just hope I don’t find myself playing the original more than Nuts and Bolts simply because it is said that certain events that you complete in N&B opens up brand new never before seen content on the original Banjo Kazooie, nice!

Original Banjo-Kazooie is coming to XBLA this holiday

Some of the most exciting news to come out of E3 so far to me is that the original Banjo-Kazooie will be coming to the Xbox Live Arcade this holiday along with BK: Nuts and Bolts. Beyong that no more details were announced. I am sure we will see a slight HD buffering of the dated N64 graphics, so it will definitly look great on the 360. No doubt this is great news for platform fans because not only is this one amazing platformer, but it gives us hope that more titles of Rare will be considered for XBLA releases as well.

Banjo Kazooie 3 confirmed for Xmas ’08

Rare has just confirmed that the third Banjo Kazooie game is indeed on track for a release date sometime before Christmas. According to Rare community manager George Kelion who had this to say on the NeoGAF forums:

“The game is scheduled for a Holidays 2008 release – barring the coming of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, you should be playing Banjo 3 before the end of the year (providing you buy the game that is)”

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Donkey Kong Country Competition Cart on eBay

For you collectors out there, someone is selling a very nice condition DKCCC on eBay right now which even includes the box. This is easily one of the rarest finds on SNES and a must own for any serious SNES or platformer collector. For the link to the auction and even more details on exactly whats so special about this cart continue reading. Continue reading