When Rare’s long awaited Banjo-Kazooie sequel was finally unveiled earlier this year, many gamers were left asking, “Where’s the platforming?”
While Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts looked gorgeous, and its new vehicle construction mechanic was intriguing, actual footage or screens of the fabled bear and bird duo hopping around on their own two feet was scarce.
And yes, we understand that Nuts and Bolts is still a platformer, just a different kind of platformer, but fans of the original jump-and-collect N64 classic felt abandoned.
Well, the wish granters at Rare and Microsoft have heard the purist plea. Gamers who pre-order their copy of the Xbox 360 sequel at “participating retailers” (Amazon is confirmed at this time) will receive a code enabling them to download the XBLA port of the original Banjo-Kazooie for free. Also, these early birds will be able to download the XBLA game before anyone else, as it is not slated to go on sale until weeks later.
In addition, playing through Nuts and Bolts will unlock areas of Banjo XBLA through the game’s “Stop ‘n’ Swop” feature, which you may remember was originally proposed, and then dropped, back in the N64 era.
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts ships on November 11th at the wallet-friendly price of $39.99.