Retro Wrap-Up: Banjo-Kazooie Edition

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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So as Ben Clarke reported on a few days ago, some ex-Rare employees are getting together and planning to make a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie. As you can probably imagine, that has a lot of us at Operation Rainfall pretty friggin’ stoked. In honor of this occasion, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) found a couple old Banjo-Kazooie commercials for your viewing pleasure in this week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

Yeah, Super Mario 64 invented the 3D platformer. Yes, Super Mario 64 changed the face of gaming as we knew it. I still think Banjo-Kazooie was better.

Anyways, here are the highlights of the week.

Crunchyroll is coming to the Xbox 360.

Jeff Neuenschwander takes a look at ActRaiser in our first Does It Hold Up segment.

Fire Emblem: Awakening gets a new DLC mission. Somebody think of the children!

The Mass Effect Trilogy is coming to the 360 and PC soon. The PS3 won’t get it until later, though.

There’s a rumor going around that Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix is going to be for Japan only. Let’s hope it isn’t.

A reprint of 999 shipped out this past week, complete with some sweet new boxart.

Nintendo announces the Wii U’s launch line-up in North America.

Sony’s going to try out a new PSN Day 1 Digital program for several games, a few of which will get 10% off the price for PlayStation Plus members.

Mark of the Ninja is coming to Steam. You can check out Jared Cyhowski’s review of the game here.

Unsurprisingly, the Wii U is going to be region-locked.

Finally, Jonathan Higgins puts together a Top 10 list for the best handheld games on Nintendo devices.



Demons’ Score 

Persona 4 Arena

The “Denpa” Men: They Came by Wave



Dead or Alive 5

Fractured Soul

Cave Story (Games of the Past series)

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  • Rare were always overrated and that point was proven just as soon as they parted ways from Nintendo. 

    • Play Donkey Kong Country 2 and tell me Rare was “always overrated”.

      They were fantastic in many ways, and were premier devs in the SNES and the N64 era.

    • the donkey kong countries were awsome and banjo is one the best 3d platformers out there. They are crap now though since microsoft bought them and many of their talent abandoned ship. But not overrated.

  • I’d have to agree. Banjo>mario64. Particularly because I wasn’t booted out of the world after I collected a jiggie unlike mario 64. Maybe I want to finish one world in one go and collect all the stars? Maybe I don’t want to leave yet..

    • Sniper D. Luffy

      not to mention the final battle requires much more strategy compared to: grab the Koopa king’s tail and swing into a bomb…repeat 2 more times to win…

    • And banjo has the wonderful sense of humor. The board game at the end was wonder and Grunty is hilarious to listen too.

  • I’ve been watching the Game Grumps play Banjo Kazooie lately.  I have to say, I would really like to play this game.  From the first few videos I’ve seen, it already has several mechanics that I think Mario would do well to emulate, first and foremost among those is the ability to complete multiple objectives in one go.  I wish Banjo Kazooie and Tooie were released on the Wii Virtual Console.  Well, here’s hoping that Nintendo’s efforts to buy back Rare are true, the geniuses behind the company resume their place, and Banjo Kazooie will make a triumphant return on a Nintendo console in Banjo Threeie (maybe follow that up with a Jet Force Gemini sequel?)!  Hoping for a bit much, aren’t I?

  • Sniper D. Luffy

    one of the best games i’ve ever played, and i played the sequel to the ground…first rental…then purchase…ironically from Blockbuster then…