The bad news: Yooka-Laylee is delayed to 2017. The good news: It looks wonderful. New trailer above.
People poured money into a Kickstarter for a spiritual successor to the 1998 Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie. Why? Because Banjo-Kazooie was a wonderful game and no mere Mario 64 me-too, as some detractors claim.
Wahay! It’s hard to believe it’s been over 15 years since the magic of Banjo-Kazooie first graced the Nintendo 64. Who knew we’d still be looking back fondly on the musically entwined adventures of a bear and bird so many years later.
Before Banjo-Kazooie was Banjo-Kazooie, it was Dream, an RPG-adventure hybrid that might have been the best-looking Super Nintendo game ever made.
Rare games meant a lot to the people who played them, so a collection of 30 of (most) of their best works should mean a lot to children of the Spectrum ZX, the Nintendo 64 and even the Xbox 360 eras. Combined, they’re part of a new collection on the Xbox One that is one of the most extraordinary bundles to ever hit…
For about the last seven years, Grant Kirkhope has been trying to convince people in the gaming industry that it’s time to make a game similar to 1998’s Banjo-Kazooie, one of the great 3D platformers of the Nintendo 64 era. Says Kirkhope: “I was told: ‘Grant, you’re talking nonsense. No one wants this game.…
“I think Banjo-Tooie’s the better game.” So says Kotaku reader BlackmanFord in a series of comments below the chat we published yesterday celebrating Banjo-Kazooie. Read his thread for some Tooie love.
If Rare won’t make a new 3D platformer, the folks at Playtonic Games are happy to. Players seem eager to help out, as Yooka-Laylee has already blown past its original goal of $270,000.
The entire 164 track Banjo Kazooie soundtrack is available on Bandcamp. Ex-Rare audio maestro Grant Kirkhope put up the whole thing, which includes everything from level themes to cheerful, five-second victory chimes. You can name your price. Go revel in glorious bird/bear nostalgia and the happiest main theme ever.
Have some sweet Chrono Trigger tunes. Musician Blake Robinson, who previously released a musical tribute to Banjo-Kazooie, now did the same for Chrono Trigger. Clocking in at 40 minutes, the first volume features 23 orchestral tracks based on the music of Square's classic RPG. There's even a trailer!
In a world where a new ‘real life’ Mario YouTube clip is created every minute I feel the need to reward this attempt at creating a real life Banjo-Kazooie video. It might just be the nostalgia talking, but I found this hilarious. I also love that the creator managed to convince his Mum to play Gruntilda!
I like video game toys as much as the next guy. There are even a few toys out there that I'd be willing to pay money for. But twenty thousand dollars seems a bit high. And yet that's the price that this one-of-a-kind Banjo-Kazooie prototype figure is selling for on eBay right now.
What kind of Red-Crested Breegull spends all of her time stuffed inside the backpack of an adventuring bear? A Red-Crested Breegull with nowhere else to go.
Even if you owned a Nintendo 64 and loved playing Banjo Kazooie as I did, you may not think of Rare's bear-and-bird action game as a summer game. One wonderful part of it was.
A job listing spotted by website CVG appears to hint that a "large franchise" is coming to Project Natal. This job listing also serves as a very important reminder — namely, not to use the word "zany".
Yes, Banjo and Kazooie are making a guest appearance in Sega's Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, something that will likely please Rare fans as much as it will send Nights fans into a petition-signing, blood-boiling frenzy.
That rumor that Rare mascots Banjo and Kazooie would join the cast of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing? Totally true! Well, if you believe Sega.com, which is the source of the miniature, guest star-revealing box art.