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Bolt-On Banjo

Apparently it's preorder bonus week on Giant Bomb.

Banjo, hangin' tuff.
While I didn't think too highly of Microsoft's last attempt to lure people into preorders with XBLA games, this one seems a whole lot more promising. Microsoft has announced that preordering Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts will net you a free copy of the original Banjo-Kazooie for Xbox Live Arcade. But wait, there's more! As part of this preorder bonus, you'll get access to Banjo for XBLA a full two weeks before it's available for purchase on its own. As with Fable II Pub Games, the two games will be connected, with progress in Nuts & Bolts being rewarded with access to new stuff in the original. Banjo fans should appreciate this implementation of the Stop N' Swop feature, something that was promised but failed to materialize in Banjo-Tooie for the N64. Microsoft also made mention of a new Olympic-themed world in Nuts & Bolts called the Jiggoseum, screenshots of which you can find here.

All this can be yours for the low, low price of $39.99, which just blows my mind. From what I've played of Nuts & Bolts, this is looking like one of the most promising Microsoft-published games coming out this year. I've got a pretty strong distaste for the whole preordering racket (seriously, it's a frickin' video game, not a car, I shouldn't have to make a downpayment) but it looks like this one might be too sweet to pass up.
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Posted by Ryan
Banjo, hangin' tuff.
While I didn't think too highly of Microsoft's last attempt to lure people into preorders with XBLA games, this one seems a whole lot more promising. Microsoft has announced that preordering Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts will net you a free copy of the original Banjo-Kazooie for Xbox Live Arcade. But wait, there's more! As part of this preorder bonus, you'll get access to Banjo for XBLA a full two weeks before it's available for purchase on its own. As with Fable II Pub Games, the two games will be connected, with progress in Nuts & Bolts being rewarded with access to new stuff in the original. Banjo fans should appreciate this implementation of the Stop N' Swop feature, something that was promised but failed to materialize in Banjo-Tooie for the N64. Microsoft also made mention of a new Olympic-themed world in Nuts & Bolts called the Jiggoseum, screenshots of which you can find here.

All this can be yours for the low, low price of $39.99, which just blows my mind. From what I've played of Nuts & Bolts, this is looking like one of the most promising Microsoft-published games coming out this year. I've got a pretty strong distaste for the whole preordering racket (seriously, it's a frickin' video game, not a car, I shouldn't have to make a downpayment) but it looks like this one might be too sweet to pass up.
Posted by Vinchenzo

Sounds awesome.

Posted by Ice_Cold_Rayman

Well, looks like i'll be pre-ordering this. Good job Microsoft, a pre-order worth having.

Posted by apotheos

Am I the only one whose instinct is to get out my N64 and play the original game I purchased for $55 instead of repurchasing it?

I mean, sure I get that you need to be of a certain age to have that luxury but who the hell wants to play B-K without leaning heavily on the retro "thems were the good old days" stick?

Posted by rsquared

I think pre-orders would be more effective if they offered discounts for buying additional or upcoming games, instead of in-game add-on crapware. 

Posted by RHCPfan24

That is one of the best offers I have seen in a while.  Wait, I am still trying to comprehend all of this. For $40, I get a new Banjo game AND the original on XBLA?  This is great!

Posted by Ma7moud

Already pre-ordered it. Awesome deal.

Posted by FengShuiGod

Pre-ordering....now.

Posted by dexterslu

dude, I don't know about you but RARE/Microsoft Is doing an awesome job at promoting stupid kids games.

Viva Pinata & Banjo for 39.99? A STEAL!

Posted by logson

For $40, done.

Posted by ericdrum

I'm in.

Posted by duxup

Nice but do we really know what we're pre-ordering here?  Has anyone really played a lot of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts?

Posted by JimmyJackJones

I don't know.  I think they could have come up with a better name than the Jiggoseum.  The Jiggoseum sounds odd, like someplace honoring the career of Jay-Z.  Although, if his face is something you can build in game, then I will stand happily corrected.

Posted by HazBazz

Sounds like a good deal to me

Posted by Aaron_G

I am pre-ordering this one as well. 

Posted by MasterSplinter

That's a sick deal.

Posted by Milkman

@dexterslu

Did you just call Viva Pinata stupid?...

Posted by FoolInjection

@ dexterslu

While Viva Piñata looks like a kids game and has spawned the animated cartoon series... its no where near a kids game.  To really get the most out of that game you really need some savvy and a good head on your shoulders.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Cool

Posted by superezekiel

There's no way I'm not doing this. Unless I run out of money or something.

Damnit. There's totally some ways I'm not doing this. :/

Posted by DavidSnakes

The original Banjo Kazooie is one of the best 3D platformers ever.  Certainly better than any Jak from the PS2 era.

Posted by Fosssil

I still can't believe this is only $40; I would gladly pay $60 for a new Banjo game.

Posted by spiceninja

I'm definatly pre-ordering this now.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

I can't believe the game is only going to be $40. It looks pretty excellent for a budget title, though I'm still a little skeptical. Banjo-Kazooie is one of my all-time favorite games, and I'm not quite convinced that this game is going to be as good. However, judging from the footage I saw at E3, I was impressed and I'm now completely on board with the emphasis on vehicles. Considering this is like the only game coming out this year that I'm actually excited about right now, I don't think I can pass this up.

Posted by albedos_shadow

Holy shit, $40? That's ridiculous! They just sold me on this game.

Posted by Vasta_Narada

Best. Preorder. In the last while. Woohoo! I loved B&K on the N64! I'm sold!

Posted by wefwefasdf

That is amazing. :D

Posted by CoolDrMoney

I hate pre-ordering things, but not pre-ordering this would make zero sense. That's an awesome deal, thanks Microsoft and Rare

Posted by Major

40$? Wow.
That's going to sell like hotcakes to the casual crowd. Take THAT Nintendo with your 50$ games!

Posted by Kohe321

Awesome!! I am so in.

Posted by apotheos

So I guess I am the only one, to answer my question from earlier.

And lets all remember how horrible the second game in this series is. I'm waiting for reviews on the third.

Posted by MetalRocker

I almost want a 360, almost.

Posted by Gamers

Im offended by it being on an Xbox. Ther'll ruin it by adding somthing ridiculous like a gun.

Posted by GalvanizedNails

im skeptical about nuts and bolts but either way this is a great deal! i only have to pay $5 for the preorder, and im sure the regular XBLA release will be at least $10, plus you get it two weeks early!

Posted by CheeseFanatic

:)

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

Wow...40 bucks?! Seriously?

Posted by creamstatic

The only thing I'm concerned about for Nuts and Bolts is the length. I just hope its a long game. I dont want a short experience. It looks really good.
As for this deal, Epic.

Posted by Canadian

Sounds like a Ninty fanboy is crying
apotheos

Bet you didn't know that they were updating it and tweaking it right?

Posted by DARKIDO07

Sounds like all the Nintendo fans are crying and are bashing this game because they don't get...well to bad, you can blame Nintendo for not having Rare, they sold them. I can't wait for this game. Not going to pre-order but I will get it for x-mas.

Posted by chavafx

wait just 39 wow i will get it then

Posted by toadstule

What a great deal! So is the bonus going to be offered at all the typical retailers?

Posted by Envoy

I was wondering if anyone can answer this but is the original Banjo-Kazooie upgraded to HD or is it straight up port?

Posted by RenegadeSaint

Wow, this is quite possibly the greatest preorder bonus in history.  I'm sold.

Posted by BAM

Was originally just going to rent it and see how it was, but with this, I'll probably buy it.

@Envoy: It's in HD. Was confirmed on Rare's official site.

Posted by hawkeye

Nice!

Posted by MrMiyagi

I'm sold.

Posted by mrsmiley

That's a ridiculous deal! I never pre-order either, but I may have to go against my religion on this one, ha.

Posted by Tarquinn2049

Wait, I don't get it, what's wrong with pre-ordering? What I hate more is finding out that they have no shelf copies of a game then I have to call them every ship day for the next few weeks to see if they got the game in. When I pre-order, I just put the full money down, then I don't even have to be the one who picks up the game. If one of my friends or family members is heading to the store that day, I can just give them the pre-order receipt to pick it up.

It's a level of convenience more than anything, it's not like it costs more.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

Don't forgot about Europe this time Microsoft, you bastards. Still haven't announced any retailers for the bloody pub games. If Banjo ends up being full price with no Arcade game I'll wear a chimney with a rotating midsection where porridge lies and I push it off with a shovel into an inflatable pool where a man lies playing with a rubber duck. That'll show em.

Posted by creamstatic

@BAM
I'm looking at their official site now, cant find that info. where did you go?

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