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.



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About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.