Return of Bonk

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Posted by Jeff (5578 posts) -
Hudson has announced plans to produce Bonk: Brink of Extinction for Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, and the PlayStation Network. It'll be an all new game featuring Bonk, the big-headed caveman who was the closest thing the TurboGrafx-16 has to a mascot back in the early 1990s.

While it'll be an all-new game, Brink of Extinction appears to be duplicating the side-scrolling platformer style of the original games. It'll also contain some sort of online play when it hits in early 2010. The game is being developed by Pi Studios. I reallyreallyreally liked the first couple of Bonk games, such that they almost tricked me into thinking that the TG-16 had a chance against the more-powerful Genesis. Looking back on them today, those games haven't aged especially well and they seem sort of dull when compared to other platformers from that era. It'll be interesting to see how a new game fares today.

Here's the full fact sheet, which has a bit of story info, and some screenshots.
 

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About Bonk:
It is the start of a new age and Bonk has returned at the turn of the tide as the world faces extinction.  Our loveable caveman is back and has brought his huge head with him.  A doomsday comet, surrounded by smaller chunks of debris, is on a collision course with Earth.  A strange magnetic field around the comet seems to be driving most of the planet’s weak-willed creatures crazy, and smaller bits of debris are smashing into the jungle near Bonk's home.  Bonk must undertake a perilous journey that will take him to the very center of the planet to save the world.

The Return Of The Most Widely Requested Classic Platformer 
Story Mode with Co-Op play.  Play alone or have a friend join you any time.
An entire new adventure with Bonk as he swims, bites, climbs, jumps, runs, and head-butts his way through jungles, deserts and volcanic caverns
Search for help along the way: power ups, check points, and extra health are the staple for every adventuring caveman.  
Transformations are back and weirder than ever!  Now Bonk can transform himself into eight different forms by eating meat or encountering Primordial Ooze.  No enemy is safe from the boy with the super noggin!
Multiple other modes and adventures are available as add on packs

New Features:
Online play for the first time in the series.  
New enemies with wide variations in personality/abilities.  Beware the Raptor Unicycle Tank!
Next generation gameplay meets retro brand: Classic 2D platforming in a 3D world.
Collectibles will have you searching the entire prehistoric world 
Download Content to keep the experience going

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#1 Posted by Jeff (5578 posts) -
Hudson has announced plans to produce Bonk: Brink of Extinction for Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, and the PlayStation Network. It'll be an all new game featuring Bonk, the big-headed caveman who was the closest thing the TurboGrafx-16 has to a mascot back in the early 1990s.

While it'll be an all-new game, Brink of Extinction appears to be duplicating the side-scrolling platformer style of the original games. It'll also contain some sort of online play when it hits in early 2010. The game is being developed by Pi Studios. I reallyreallyreally liked the first couple of Bonk games, such that they almost tricked me into thinking that the TG-16 had a chance against the more-powerful Genesis. Looking back on them today, those games haven't aged especially well and they seem sort of dull when compared to other platformers from that era. It'll be interesting to see how a new game fares today.

Here's the full fact sheet, which has a bit of story info, and some screenshots.
 

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5

About Bonk:
It is the start of a new age and Bonk has returned at the turn of the tide as the world faces extinction.  Our loveable caveman is back and has brought his huge head with him.  A doomsday comet, surrounded by smaller chunks of debris, is on a collision course with Earth.  A strange magnetic field around the comet seems to be driving most of the planet’s weak-willed creatures crazy, and smaller bits of debris are smashing into the jungle near Bonk's home.  Bonk must undertake a perilous journey that will take him to the very center of the planet to save the world.

The Return Of The Most Widely Requested Classic Platformer 
Story Mode with Co-Op play.  Play alone or have a friend join you any time.
An entire new adventure with Bonk as he swims, bites, climbs, jumps, runs, and head-butts his way through jungles, deserts and volcanic caverns
Search for help along the way: power ups, check points, and extra health are the staple for every adventuring caveman.  
Transformations are back and weirder than ever!  Now Bonk can transform himself into eight different forms by eating meat or encountering Primordial Ooze.  No enemy is safe from the boy with the super noggin!
Multiple other modes and adventures are available as add on packs

New Features:
Online play for the first time in the series.  
New enemies with wide variations in personality/abilities.  Beware the Raptor Unicycle Tank!
Next generation gameplay meets retro brand: Classic 2D platforming in a 3D world.
Collectibles will have you searching the entire prehistoric world 
Download Content to keep the experience going

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#2 Edited by Coltonio7 (3214 posts) -

Oh my god, yes.
 
As long as meat still makes Bonk a dinosaur, this game will be an absolute for me.

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#3 Posted by LiquidSwords (2728 posts) -

Kinda want

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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Why does he look so angry? Is it because he's not retail? Don't be angry, Bonk; your game is a perfect fit for digital marketplaces.

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#5 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -

I too really like Bonk.  I'm a bit concerned by the graphics style / look going on.  Looks like a bad PSP game.  Maybe the graphics look poor because it's coming to Wiiware as well as XBLA and PSN...
 
As far as the old titles, I feel Bonk's Revenge and Super Bonk hold up quite well.

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#6 Posted by MeetThePyro (427 posts) -

Never played Bonk back in the day... hmmm

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#7 Posted by jakob187 (22932 posts) -

Curious about it...but not expecting much.  =  /

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#8 Posted by skrutop (3812 posts) -

Dude, Bonk's Revenge was my favorite TG-16 game when I had one as a kid.  I hope this one is more Bionic Commando Rearmed and less Turtles in Time Reshelled.

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#10 Posted by Kirbichu54 (122 posts) -

Online play? Nice!

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#11 Posted by giyanks22 (2950 posts) -

HELL YEAH!!!!!!

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#12 Posted by phlegms (1622 posts) -

This I did not see coming.

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#13 Posted by Akeldama (4359 posts) -

oh no. They better not fuck this one up.

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#14 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

The graphics look..... stock.

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#15 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

I might have to pick it up.  I picked up the first on Wii VC and I enjoyed it.

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#16 Posted by CherokeeJack (24 posts) -

Yeah, the visual style looks kinda awful.

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#17 Posted by jasonlblair (109 posts) -

Oh man, BONK! Very nice.

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#18 Posted by FuzzYLemoN (1609 posts) -

BONK!
BONK!
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#19 Edited by Emilio (3581 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: 
Bonk used to be a mischievous rascal type character when he was originally introduced, but when they shipped him over to west they gave him a more cutesy look.
 
@Snapstacle:
There already exists an Alien Crush remake on WiiWare.
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#20 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -
@Emilio: 
 
Still, he looks too pissed. It wasn't a good idea to make him edgy in Bonk's Revenge, and this doesn't seem to be improving on that idea.
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#21 Posted by Dynamitekyle (675 posts) -

Huh, that's unexpected.

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#22 Posted by King9999 (663 posts) -

What the...this came out of nowhere!

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#23 Posted by Urmean (609 posts) -

THE GUY'S A FREAKIN' BAT MAGNET!

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#24 Posted by BjornTheUnicorn (381 posts) -

I think this is one example of my theory that the 2010s will be like the 90s but with better technology.

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#25 Posted by mekklesak (54 posts) -

God Loves Me! Bonk's Adventure may not hold up well today, but Bonk's Revenge is as tight as a modern GBA game.

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#26 Posted by buzz_clik (7470 posts) -

Not cartoony enough. One of the main Bonk (and Zonk) drawcards for me is the bold 2D art style. This just looks a bit... half-baked and generic.

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#27 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

I remember praying super hard to Santa for this the winter the TG-16 hit the shelves. Instead I got my first real bike. It ended up being one of the best presents ever, but boy was I pissed at that fat red fuck Santa.
 
Now that I'll have access to a new one, I'll probably check it out. I know I could go emulate TG-16 for the games, but I decided to cut my TG-16 emulation days after I played Dracula X: Rondo of Blood some years back.
 
edit: Blegh... the graphics might pass in SD, but they look pretty lame in HD.

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#28 Posted by Three0neFive (2380 posts) -

I thought this was about a second Scout update.
 
Damn you, misleading titles! D:

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#29 Posted by EnchantedEcho (803 posts) -

R U SRS.

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#30 Posted by Mawryk (148 posts) -

Hmm.  I used to be able to Bonk's Adventure in 1 life.   If you ignore Air Zonk, Bonk's games were great.  I miss my TG-16.  Will be interesting

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#31 Posted by DocWattson (74 posts) -

 Mario or Sonic?

Neither. Bonk.



Dude is straight up headbutting dinos. Revenge for what? Who knows. Revenge for being bald by the age of five maybe. Revenge for mother buying his wardrobe from a flinestone yard sale. Who cares. DUDE IS HEADBUTTING DINOS!!!! If that isn't extream I don't know what is.

::Poors some 40 on my rug to remember the TG-16::

I really should of went outside to do that.

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#32 Posted by Earthborn (395 posts) -

No. F'in. Way.

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#33 Posted by D_W (1735 posts) -

Of all the games to revive. Hrmm. 
 
I remembering really enjoying Bonk on NES though.
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#34 Posted by cyrax (211 posts) -

Taking into consideration the game's not done and that it looks to be the first world I have to say the foreground art is very ugly to me. Whether it is objectively or subjectively ugly I cannot say.

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#35 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14686 posts) -

I'm pretty sure that Bonk is about as well regarded as Spyro or Crash Bandicoot in terms of people who care.

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#36 Posted by Xander (150 posts) -

2.5D platforming is really coming on strong.
 
Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Splosion Man, Trine, Shadow Complex, New Super Mario Bros. Wii... and now Bonk.

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#37 Posted by LiquidPrince (16859 posts) -

Sonic should be done in that style.

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#38 Posted by Teptom (2074 posts) -

Whoa, what the hell is up with this week...it's been so strange.

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#39 Posted by Artemis_D (832 posts) -

Why?  I've always hated Bonk...

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#40 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8663 posts) -

TurboGrafx game coming to XBLA? Not expected one bit by me. Still sounds awesome.

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#41 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -
@Xander said:
" 2.5D platforming is really coming on strong.  Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Splosion Man, Trine, Shadow Complex, New Super Mario Bros. Wii... and now Bonk. "
None of those are 2.5D. You don't know what that term means.
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#42 Edited by Xander (150 posts) -
@ryanwho:  None of those are 2.5D. You don't know what that term means.  
 
Every once in a while someone on the internet tries to prove they are smarter than someone else.  2.5D used to talk about Mode 7 and Wolfenstein -like games, but as a part of the common lexicon, it hasn't meant that for quite some time.
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#43 Posted by berbenator (17 posts) -

holy hell! bonk (along with TurboGrafx-16 ) was the first game i ever bought!

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#44 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -
@Xander said:
" @ryanwho:  None of those are 2.5D. You don't know what that term means.    Every once in a while someone on the internet tries to prove they are smarter than someone else.  2.5D used to talk about Mode 7 and Wolfenstein -like games, but as a part of the common lexicon, it hasn't meant that for quite some time. "
Its never meant whatever you seem to think it means. 2d games with 3d assets are 2d games.
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#45 Posted by Brackynews (4387 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
" @Xander said:
" 2.5D platforming is really coming on strong.  Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Splosion Man, Trine, Shadow Complex, New Super Mario Bros. Wii... and now Bonk. "
None of those are 2.5D. You don't know what that term means. "
o rly?  I'm willing to believe that, but then you've got some work to do on the 2.5D page, because those games match the current description.
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#46 Posted by Xander (150 posts) -

James Pond to the rescue, I was just about to link to the same article. Cheers.

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#47 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

AGGG EGG ON MY FACE

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#48 Posted by Druminator (1808 posts) -

Didn't expect to see Bonk ever again.

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#49 Edited by CommodoreGroovy (613 posts) -

Have to disagree with you there Jeff, I replayed this game just recently, finding the games still playable and fun. While the Bonk series might not be at the level that the Super Mario Bros series may be, but while I was playing the game, it reminded me of the good times I had with bonk. This might all be blind nostalgia speaking, but I am looking forward to hearing more about this game. Thanks for the news, Jeff!

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#50 Posted by agentboolen (1989 posts) -

Glad to hear Bonk has come back from the dead...  If a soulless Sonic the Hedgehog can keep making games I don't see why Bonk can't give it a try.  YAY BONK!!!!

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