Banjo-Kazooie

N64, XB360 / Platform / Release: Dec 3, 2008 / ESRB: U

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Banjo-Kazooie 'spiritual successor' being pitched by ex-Rare devs

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Banjo-Kazooie 'spiritual successor' being pitched by ex-Rare devs

GYUH HUH! How would you like a return to the classic collect-a-thon platforms of the 32 and 64 bit era? "Core members" of the original Rare team that worked on Banjo-Tooie are ready to make a "spiritual successor" to the once-popular N64 platformer.

"We're not talking about making Banjo. We want to make something new but (hopefully) with that same magic," the team said on a newly-created Twitter account.

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Bangai-O HD, Castlevania sale coming to XBLM

Bangai-O HD, Castlevania sale coming to XBLM

The Major Nelson blog has once again outlined the next few weeks of Xbox Live Marketplace offerings. For Xbox Live Arcade, today brings Outland for $10 (800 MSP), and next week we'll have Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury for $10.

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Banjo-Kazooie XBLA Delayed to Next Week

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Were you looking to spend your Thanksgiving afternoon curled up next to a fireplace whilst collecting jigsaw puzzles as a lovable bear? Prepare yourself for crushing disappointment.

Due to Street Fighter II HD's release this week, the arrival of Rare's Banjo-Kazooie Xbox Live Arcade port has been pushed back to Wednesday, December 3.

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See How Banjo Kazooie XBLA Improves N64 Graphics

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Fresh off yesterday's announcement that Rare's original N64 Banjo Kazooie will hit Xbox Live Arcade on November 26 for $15, publisher Microsoft has provided the first screenshots of the downloadable platforming game running on Xbox 360.

The XBLA title interfaces with Rare's full-fledged Banjo sequel Nuts & Bolts (360) to provide new unspecified content, with those that pre-order Nuts & Bolts able to download the XBLA effort for free nearly two weeks before its official release.

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Original Banjo-Kazooie Hits XBLA November 26, Banjo-Tooie Follows in Early 2009

Update: Microsoft has curiously pulled the press release that this story was based on.

Original Story: Rare's Xbox 360 port of its Nintendo 64 platformer Banjo Kazooie will be downloadable through the console's online Xbox Live Arcade beginning Wednesday, November 26, publisher and studio owner Microsoft announced today.

Priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), the game will also be available as a free download to those that pre-order Rare's latest effort, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360), which hits retailers on November 11. In addition, pre-ordering folk will gain access to Banjo Kazooie XBLA roughly two weeks before its debut in late November. Read more »

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Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts Preview

After the floodgates broke on coverage of Rare's new Banjo-Kazooie game, you might've found yourself wondering whether this was the Banjo you remember. And depending on your slant, it can be interpreted as good news or bad news—it's familiar territory, certainly, but populated with a whole new breed of animal.

As you may well have heard by now, the new focus in Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is, of course, vehicles. And from what I had seen at Microsoft's Spring Showcase demonstration, developer Rare is not at all shy in making use of this new gameplay cornerstone. Read more »

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MS Spring Showcase: Banjo Kazooie Footage

First there were screenshots, then there was an official name and gameplay details. Now there is gamepay footage of Rare's Xbox 360 platformer Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, which is due out in November.

Note: The following is unedited b-roll footage. It is meant to be chopped up into little bits for a larger segment and has not undergone the traditional editing process of a trailer. Read more »

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Banjo Kazooie Gameplay Details Revealed

Publisher Microsoft has unveiled plot and gameplay details for UK-based Rare's recently dated platformer Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (X360).

The title features a pronounced focus on building vehicles for Banjo to pilot over land, water, and air. By combining a total of over 100 parts found throughout the game, such as body panels, engines, wheels, and weapons, players can design vehicles to suit virtually any goal in the game. Read more »

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MS Spring Showcase: Banjo Kazooie This November, Viva Pinata 2 in September

Beginning an avalanche of media and details, Microsoft has revealed that Rare's Xbox 360 action-adventure title Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (X360) will arrive in November.

Meanwhile, Rare's pinata-breeding sequel Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (X360) is officially slated to hit in September.

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First Banjo Kazooie 360 Screens Leak (Updated)

Update: Eleven more screenshots have surfaced to accompany the original two.

Be sure to hit up our Spring Showcase Roundup for all the news and media from Microsoft's recent event, including a hands-on preview Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Read more »

"Am I the only one who thinks this looks awesomely old-school with incredible graphics?"
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Rumor: Wii-like X360 Remote Goes Public Tuesday

Microsoft's rumored Wii Remote-esque Xbox 360 controller could be unveiled Tuesday morning, according to the lastest round of rumors. Reportedly code-named Newton, the motion-sensitive device is said to have four face buttons, an analog stick, a speaker and a microphone.

Keeping in line with previous murmurs that Microsoft subsidiary Rare was playing a key part in the device's development, Kotaku claims that the device and its integration into Rare's Xbox 360 platformer Banjo Kazooie could be demonstrated at an event next Tuesday. Read more »

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Xbox Live Arcade Sports Title Rumored in Development at Rare

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Microsoft-owned UK developer Rare may be working on a sports-themed Xbox Live Arcade title that makes use of the Vision camera, according to Xbox 360 Fanboy. The site claims to have the inside scoop on the project, punnily titled The Fast & The Furriest.

The game is supposedly a collection of sports minigames like the 100 meter dash, hurdles, and curling, all with a Rare twist--the curling game replaces the stone with timid Diddy Kong Racing (N64) turtle Tip Tup, for instance. Most of the games can purportedly be controlled using gestures in combination with the Vision camera. Read more »

"I just want another Killer Instinct. Is that too much to ask?"
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Late Night Consoling

It wasn't until I looked at the list of Nintendo's published titles that I realized what a brilliant maneuver this is by the Big N. We all know Nintendo is responsible for a boatload of classics, but until you see them all side-by-side, it's hard to imagine how many they have. Kid Icarus, Punch-Out, Earthbound, F-Zero, Super Mario RPG, Yoshi's Island, 1080 Snowboarding, GoldenEye 007, Killer Instinct, all of the console Marios and Zeldas and so many more. All of those games, at your fingertips, and Nintendo is even thinking about making them free to download. I'm sure there some out there saying, "Who cares if they release any new games if I can get access to all those!"

  • The List: Nintendo's Downloadable Games for Revolution

    [nintendo]
    Speaking to Famitsu, Nintendo confirmed that all of their published NES, SNES, and N64 games will be available for download. While the magazine didn't offer a complete list of the games, some gamers have compiled lists of their own. The number of released titles appears to be ranging between 214 and 221, but in any case, here's the one IGN has up. They're quick to point out that in the end, some titles won't make it such as Banjo Kazooie as Rare holds the license on that.
  • Studios Bidding on Halo Movie Script

    [xbox]
    Most of the major picture studios received the Halo script today and they are currently engaging in a bidding war for the rights to make the movie. Microsoft tapped 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland to pen the movie adaptation and had messengers dressed as the Master Chief to hit up each studio with the script. The studios were to read it over lunch and place bids in the afternoon. According to Defamer.com, those privy to info on the script say it's a dud. Hmm, a Hollywood insider saying a game adaptation script is a "horrible?" Considering they're the peeps responsible for Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead, maybe that's a good thing!
  • Ninja Gaiden Black to Sell at $29.99

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    Tecmo confirmed today that Ninja Gaiden Black for the Xbox will retail at $29.99. A Tecmo rep told GameSpot to not be fooled by its value price. "I don't want you to think that NGB is going to be a cheap re-make of NG because Team Ninja has been working their butts off to completely revamp the game from the ground up and adding loads of new stuff," the rep said.
  • New Donkey Kong for Revolution

    [nintendo]
    Not necessarily surprising news, but it's the first we've heard of it. Nintendo confirmed to Famitsu that a Donkey Kong title is being developed for the Revolution. Absolutely no specifics were given, so it's up in the air if its a platformer, another Donkey Konga, or something completely different.
  • A New Wreckless Game in the Works?

    [xbox]
    Just yesterday I was thinking, "Hmm, how come they didn't make a sequel to Wreckless?" It was one of the Xbox's first big titles but never was any mention of a sequel muttered.. until now. IGN discovered on a Japanese retail site a listing for Double S.T.E.A.L. The Second Crush. Well, it so happens to be that Wreckless was called Double S.T.E.A.L. in Japan. However, it has an August 4 release date and a reduced price tag. Maybe it's not a sequel and just a re-release?
  • Capcom Ports Two Oldies to PSP

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    Capcom announced its plan to port both Mega Man Legends and Breath of Fire 3 to the PSP. Both were previously released on the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. The version of Mega Man Legends is actually a reworked version of the N64 title released here in the states. This was Mega Man's first foray into 3D. Both are set to ship sometime in August.
  • Misc. Q&As/Features

    [ps2] [psp]
    Game Informer chats with a couple of devs on SOCOM 3: US Navy SEALs. IGN interviews the producer of Coded Arms.

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2
Shots of We Love Katamari are inside The Magic Box. GameSpot previews Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Images of Urban Reign are at GameSpy.
GameCube
GamerFeed takes a look at WWE Day of Reckoning 2. EuroGamer shares their thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Portable
GameSpot checks out Kirby: Canvas Curse (DS). GameSpy has screenies of Death, Jr. (PSP) and a trailer for Rebelstar Tactical Command (GBA). IGN has a trailer for Chronos Twin (GBA).
Multi
TeamXbox gives us their thoughts of StarCraft: Ghost (PS2, Xbox, GCN), Taxi Driver (PS2, Xbox), and Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (PS2, Xbox, GCN). GamesAreFun has a ton of new details on Mega Man X Collection (PS2, Xbox, GCN). GameSpot has some footage of Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2, Xbox, GCN). IGN has a big 'ol trailer for Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (PS2, Xbox).
Mega Man for the Game Boy Color. "A dream come true for many--Mega Man in pocket form! Subtitled "Dr. Wily's Revenge," many think "#)%(*_^(*#(%_ REASON TO THROW GAMEBOY AGAINST WALL" is just as appropriate." (submitted by Omaha).

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Late Night Consoling

It was sort of inevitable, but as many of you noticed, last night we discovered a bug that showed up on the comments page. I can't say I know what caused it, or how it was fixed (I'm blissfully unaware of so many things around here, it's a wonder I even know what site this is), but it was, so that's that. Now we can get back to working on that redesigned Misc. section. Since not all of you I'm sure have been here since the beginning, I dug through the archives and found some fun little bits of LNC history to show off tonight. These posts started way back on August 20th, 2001 with this post, which was done ER-style (get a load of some of those chilly comments!). About a week later, I switched to a slightly more legible bulleted-format, and incredibly, it took nearly a year after that to migrate to the tabled, icon sporting format that we've had ever since. The most recent change was back in March, when I rolled out the database-driven game of the evening (first game: Double Dragon 2 submitted by ease_one), which I think has been pretty successful (if still somewhat chaotic when it comes to games that have already been submitted). In case it isn't totally obvious (and I haven't said it enough), LNC really has been driven by reader feedback, so keep it coming (although some of the Misc. Previews comments haven't been particularly helpful...I get the idea already!).

Sega 3D Ages in English? Sorry, not yet. Earlier this evening, as I was sorting through my mail, I got all excited when I spotted a Sega-style "AGES" logo on the back of the November issue of the UK gaming magazine EDGE (yeah, I paid a fortune for the subscription, but it's worth it). I tore into the plastic bag and frantically flipped through the magazine for some mention of the Sega 3D Ages line of classic Sega remakes, some of which are already out in Japan, and none of which have been announced for release outside of Asia. Well, I didn't find anything, because that "AGES" on that back is simply a very clever reversal of the "SEGA" logo that's on the front cover. Damn those Europeans and their innovative design sense!
PSOne FFVII: Advent Children Confirmed for US Release? Not quite, but Square Enix has filed for trademark protection on the title in this country. Yeah, I know it's not much to go on, but it's a slow night. I stick by my original assessment that it will be released in this country as part of a two-pack containing the original Final Fantasy VII, as I can't see a 60 minute movie being as well-received here as well as it will be in Japan, where OVA releases are commonplace.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II Q&A RPGDot has posted a Q&A with Terry Spier, a designer on the upcoming action RPG Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II. Note that this sequel is not being developed by Snowblind Studios, who have been occupied with a very similar title of their own, the EverQuest title Champions of Norrath.
Mega Man X Interview A new interview with Tatsuya Kitabayashi, the producer at Capcom on Mega Man X7 is up at GameSpy tonight, just in time for its North American debut. Among other things, Kitabayashi discusses the game's merging of 2D and 3D gameplay.
GameBoy Advance A History of Aliens vs. Predator While it's not purely a console series, the Aliens vs. Predator games have appeared on a handful of console systems, and the Jaguar version in particular is near-legendary, and 1UP has posted a look back at every AvP to date, including the forgettable Game Boy title that served as the series' debut to the recent (and likewise forgettable) AvP: Extinction for PS2 and Xbox.
Halo 2 Music Report A brief update from Bungie's Marty O'Donnell is up at Music 4 Games, in which the audio director discusses his work to date on the score for Halo 2. It would seem that we've already heard everything that's been recorded to date, as all that's been fully recorded so far are the soundtracks to the announcement teaser and E3 demo, but if you're interested in game music this is still pretty interesting.
Sega GT Online Q&A Computer and Video Games' Sega GT Online Q&A talks with Rikiya Nakigawa, the producer on this upcoming Xbox Live-enabled racing title. The Q&A covers a number of topics, including the new on and offline additions to this game over Sega GT 2002.
GameBoy Advance Banjo Kazooie Q&A Also at Computer and Video Games tonight is a Q&A with an unnamed representative for Microsoft-subsidiary Rare (that's still weird to me), talking about Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, the first Microsoft-developed game released for the GBA.
GTA3 #3 in Japan It's not breaking any sales records, but in its second week out in Japan, Grand Theft Auto 3 is still representin' the western world well on the Japanese charts, falling to #3 behind Far East of Eden II: Manji Maru and Dynasty Warriors 4: Mosho Den, sadly gamesindustry.biz doesn't provide specific sales figures, but they do say that GTA3 is among the most successful overseas-developed titles to be released in Japan (although let's face it, that's not saying much).
Resonance Interview Team Xbox has conducted an interview with Daniel Bisson of Neocell Factory, talking with the producer and creative director about their upcoming Xbox RPG Resonance. The interview is peppered with screenshots for those (like myself) previously unfamiliar with the title.
GameBoy Advance The Worst Nintendo Endings A pretty entertaining retrospective can be found at Sleeping-Monkey.com tonight, as the author lists the top 16 worst endings for Nintendo games. Super Mario Bros. 3's bafflingly stupid ending is of course here. Thanks FARK for the tip.
GameBoy Advance New Releases This Week There's a good batch here this week...for GameCube there's Bionicle and Kirby's Air Ride, PS2 has Jak II, Choplifter: Crisis Shield and Mega Man X7 and Gekido: Kintaro's Revenge, Kien, Mega Man Zero 2, Sim City 2000 and Street Jam Basketball are all out for GBA. On the cross-platform front there's Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch and NBA Live 2004 (all GC, PS2, Xbox) as well as Roadkill (PS2, Xbox) and Tak and the Power of Juju (GC, PS2, GBA). And finally there are two new N-Gage releases as well: MLB Slam! and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
GameCube PS2 Xbox GameBoy Advance Misc. Media/Previews GameSpot has a new preview of Manhunt (PS2) as well as new shots from Monster Rancher 4 (PS2), Phantom Brave (PS2) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GC, PS2, Xbox). Over at IGN they have new media from Metal Arms: Glitch in the System (GC, PS2, Xbox) and Medal of Honor: Infiltrator (GBA), along with the new commercial for Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GC). Elsewhere online, Games Are Fun has new footage from Monster Hunter (PS2) and new shots from Killer 7 (GC), 1UP has new previews of Mario Kart: Double Dash (GC) and Final Fantasy XI (PS2) and HomeLAN goes hands-on with Magic: The Gathering Battlegrounds (Xbox).
Console Game of the Evening: Alien Crush for the Turbo Grafx-16. "Sexy and creepy, this organic, alien-themed pinball game put PC pinball games to shame." (submitted by Zero|DPX).

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Late Night Consoling

Thanks to Shack reader Chris Kelly, with whom I was able to work out a trade, I am now the proud owner of a TurboDuo system. It arrived today, and naturally I tore into the box and had it up and running within minutes, and it is indeed a huge step up from the clunky hardware of the original TurboGrafx-16. Aside from the fact that this is a faster system and incorporates the CD add-on for the original system, the Duo has an internal battery for saving games and the all-important composite video cables, both of which the original system lacked (without shelling out for an add-on unit that, is). Looking back on it, it's tough to argue in favor of any system as late as 1989 shipping without the ability to save at all in most games, and only with a password in those that could. I know the HuCard dates back a few years before to the original PC Engine in Japan, but its absence was pretty silly nonetheless. Password saves were annoying in 1986 with the original Metroid, especially considering that games like The Legend of Zelda and Phantasy Star both included on-cart battery saves around the same time. But regardless, for the entire life span of the HuCard -- across the original TG-16, Duo and TurboExpress -- very few games took advantage of the battery backup feature for systems that had it. Not being able to save really sucks in Military Madness, a tight, action-packed strategy game. Thankfully you can save in most CD games, including the sublime Ys Book I & II, which I am now the proud owner of as well. That's first on my list of games to jump into. As soon as my extension cable arrives for that damn gamepad, that is, as like the original TG-16 the Duo's gamepad has a cable that's barely two feet long.

GameCube PS2 GameBoy Advance Still More Square Rumors Just because I know how much you all love these...Video-Fenky is the latest place to claim that SquareEnix is working on a sequel or remake to Final Fantasy VII. Slightly raining on that parade is IGN's Insider-only Gaming Life in Japan column, which speculates that even if such a project is in the works, it's more likely to be revealed at a separate press conference than this month's Tokyo Game Show. I'm inclined to agree with them there. If Square does have another title besides Front Mission 4 to unveil at the show, it's probably going to be Kingdom Hearts 2. Either that, or a new release of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, which would be an attempt on their part to make up for the bug-filled first release of the game.
GameCube Uber-Zelda Package in the Works? GameInformer has a news item up citing sources close to Nintendo that a huge Zelda GameCube package is in the works for release this holiday season. The package will reportedly include The Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask (the second N64 game in the series), the first two NES titles and a special Zelda documentary. Missing from the list are Master Quest (AKA Ura Zelda) and The Wind Waker, whose absence would mean that this is the first console package I can think of that wouldn't include a single native game for the platform.
Xbox Xbox 2 Details? Team Xbox has posted what they claim are rough details on ATI's GPU for the Xbox 2 (thanks HomeLAN). There is of course no way to verify any of this, and even if it is true, there's a good chance it could change between now and the 2005 - 2006 release of the system.
GameCube Mario Kart Pre-Order Bonus Revealed Sorry retro-fans, but you're about to be disappointed...Nintendo has officially announced their bonus disc that will be sent to those who pre-order Mario Kart: Double Dash, and sadly, unlike the pre-order bonuses for Zelda: The Wind Waker and Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rebel Strike, it's lacking in retro-fun. Instead you'll get something a bit more forward-thinking: a disc full of playable demos and previews of upcoming GameCube titles. Cool? Sure, but Mario Kart or Mario Kart 64 would have been cooler.
PS2 Sony Reigns Supreme With the expected amount of chest beating, Sony announced today that they have shipped a colossal 60 million PlayStation 2s worldwide. The breakdown by country shows 14.17 million in Japan, 19.44 million in Europe and 26.42 here in North America.
GameCube PS2 Suikoden IV at TGS Konami has revealed their full list of games that will be shown at the Tokyo Game Show, and as a pleasant surprise, none other than Suikoden IV will be on display in video form. Also on display will be Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and Metal gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for PS2 and GameCube respectively.
PS2 Front Mission 4 Details Some new details from Front Mission 4 are up at GameSpot tonight. There's nothing too exciting here, but they do have some general plot information and the news that the game will likely sport a very different combat system from the other games in the series.
GameCube PS2 Xbox Soul Calibur II Selling Well In case there was any doubt, Namco announced today that Soul Calibur II is selling very well. How well, you ask? They shipped over 1.6 million copies on the first day, a new record for the company. Unknown at this point is how each version is selling, something the console war junkie in me really wants to know.
GameCube PS2 Xbox FIFA 2004 Interview Computer and Video Games has conducted a new interview with Dan Holman of EA, talking about their upcoming soccer game FIFA 2004. Topics dealt with include the game's extensive online component, and even more important, the number of hairstyles they'll have for David Beckham.
PS2 Xbox Max Payne 2 Bumped Up Good news for those waiting for Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne...you won't have to wait quite as long anymore. While the console versions were originally planned for release early next year, they've been bumped up to an early December release.
Xbox Morrowind GOTY Interview Team Xbox's Morrowind GOTY Interview talks with Bethesda's Todd Howard about their upcoming budget-priced re-release of Morrowind for the Xbox. Thanks HomeLAN for the tip.
GameCube PS2 Xbox Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Q&A HomeLAN has conducted a Q&A with Benoit Galarneau, the producer at Ubi Soft on their upcoming cross-platform title Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu.
GameBoy Advance Zodiac Q&A Also at HomeLAN is a Q&A with Byron Connell, the co-founder of Tapwave, the company developing the Zodiac handheld gaming system/PalmOS PDA that's set for release later this year.
GameCube Nintendo Adds to Player's Choice Lineup Nintendo has announced a new batch of games in their Player's Choice lineup: Star Fox Adventures, Pikmin and Luigi's Mansion will soon be available for $19.99, while Metroid Prime, Animal Crossing and Super Mario Sunshine will be available for $29.99. The prices fall on September 25th.
PS2 Ratchet & Clank Q&A The newly relaunched GameInformer.com has posted a Q&A with Ted Price, the president of Insomniac Games, talking about their upcoming title Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando.
GameCube PS2 Xbox GameBoy Advance New Releases This Week The big releases this week are Final Fantasy Tactics for GBA and ESPN NHL Hockey for PS2 and Xbox, but there are others as well. For PS2 there's Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward, .hack://OUTBREAK and Lethal Skies II, GameCube has P.N.03, for Xbox there's Starsky & Hutch, and GBA there's Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge and Battlebots: Design and Destroy.
GameCube PS2 Xbox GameBoy Advance Misc. Media/Previews GameSpot has new shots from ESPN NBA Basketball (PS2, Xbox), a new preview of SSX 3 (GC, PS2, Xbox), the first official shots from The King of Fighters 2000/2001 (PS2), a first look at Motorsiege: Warriors of Primetime (PS2), footage from Arx Fatalis (Xbox) and new shots from Ghosthunter (PS2). IGN has new shots from Metal Arms: Glitch in the System (GC, PS2, Xbox), new previews of Activision Anthology and Ultimate Card Games (both GBA), footage from Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (GBA) and a new trailer from Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (PS2). Elsewhere online, PlanetGameCube has posted impressions of Tales of Symphonia (GC), CvG has shaky-cam footage from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (GC, PS2, Xbox) and shots from Fatal Frame 2 (PS2) and Pikmin 2 (GC), Gamers.com has shots from Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends (PS2), and the official sites for Rogue Ops (GC, PS2, Xbox) and Battlestar Galactica (PS2, Xbox) have gone live.
Console Game of the Evening: Rock & Roll Racing for the Sega Genesis. "Very *rare* to see this title on Genesis, almost all were for SNES. This stands out in my mind as the all-time best, bar-none, racing/upgrade/guns games. RC Pro-Am series, eat your heart out. Wicked killer artwork, lots of cars and guns. w00t!" (submitted by loumacc).

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