Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of August:
- Forza Horizon 2 Standard—10th Anniversary Edition (August 1-31)
- For Honor Standard Edition (August 16-September 15)
Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)
- Dead Space 3 (August 1-15)
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (August 16-31)
Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of July:
- Assault Android Cactus (July 1-31)
- Death Squared (July 16-August 15)
Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (July 1-15)
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (July 16-31)
Ever since Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, there’s not really been much news coming from the franchise in general. Oh sure, it appeared in Rare Replay, and the games got a few references in Minecraft, but as far as actual new titles go, news has been very thin on the ground.
However, it seems like this may be about to change. Why? Because as the title suggests, an interesting new listing based on the series has popped up on the GameStop website. This listing isn’t exactly for a game or other media adaptation (it’s actually for a 6-inch plush toy based on the main characters), but its curious arrival has sparked some questions.
Like the one everyone’s thinking about right now. Namely… why the hell would anyone randomly release a new piece of merchandise for a series that’s been dead since 2008 (or 2015 in Rare Replay form)?
That doesn’t make a lick of sense. After all, dead franchises don’t exactly move merchandise like crazy, and the level of interest in them in general doesn’t usually support such an endeavour. And it’s not like Banjo is an outlier here either; the merch for this series has been thin on the ground ever since the glory days of the 90s/early 00s N64 titles.
And that’s not the only curious thing about the listing either. Oh no, the date attached to the listing is an intriguing one too. That’s because it’s a very specific one, with the GameStop page stating the figure will be released on October 1st 2018.
Which makes us believe that this isn’t going to be about a single toy.
Instead, it seems like evidence that someone may be planning a revival for the franchise in general. Maybe that could be a remake/remaster, ala Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy or Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Or maybe it could be a new sequel/reboot/other game altogether.
Either way, the evidence suggests something is going on with Banjo-Kazooie, and it’ll be interesting to see what’s in store for the future.
Banjo-Kazooie 6-inch Plush Listing (GameStop Website)
Well, this is a surprise isn’t it? After 24 years, Microsoft have announced a brand-new game in the Battletoads series, complete with all the trademark brutal difficulty from the previous titles. Here’s their trailer for the title from E3 2018:
As you can see, there is…
Not a whole lot to talk about to be honest. The trailer doesn’t show anything of the game itself, nor give us any real indication of what’s included either. In fact, in the entire video, all we can really gleam is that it’s got a fancy cartoon esque art style, the main characters return, it’s really hard and that 3-player couch co-op is included in some form or another. That’s not exactly much to go on, is it?
Ah well, at least it exists. At least Battletoads is somehow seeing a new instalment in 2019. That shows that Microsoft cares for Rare’s past games and franchises, and give us hope that others like Banjo, Conker and Perfect Dark may be seeing their own ‘real’ comebacks in future too.
So, hey, let’s hope this one does well first. Cause if it does, it could be yet more proof for Microsoft that bringing back Rare’s Ips is a profitable move for them and give hope to other classic franchises as well.
Battletoads E3 2018 Trailer (Xbox Official YouTube Channel)
Last year, Cuphead was released for the Xbox One and PC. A classic Contra style platformer with a gorgeous hand drawn animation style and boss heavy gameplay, the title got tons of acclaim upon release, with positive reviews and sales all around.
And now it turns out the developers aren’t finished with the game quite yet! Oh no, as shown in the Microsoft E3 presentation, a whole new DLC pack is being released for the title, under the humorous name ‘The Delicious Last Course’. Here’s the trailer showing (some) of this DLC in action:
As you can tell, it pretty much offers everything you’d expect from a DLC pack from the game. You’ve got a new playable character, in the form of Ms Chalice (aka the Legendary Chalice from the base game). You’ve got new bosses and a new isle, hinting at expansions to the story content.
And you’ve got various other new additions too, like new powers, charms and characters. That’s good news for fans, since it seems like Cuphead’s DLC is offering them everything they could ever want from a DLC pack.
So, check out the trailer and tell us what you think of it. Are you excited to try out Cuphead The Delicious Last Course? What ideas and powers do you think they’ll include in the expansion?
Have your say in the comments below or over on the Gaming Latest forums today!
Cuphead DLC Announcement Trailer (YouTube)