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Mini-Scribes: October 14, 2010

Mini-Scribes calling, yes I was there too / And you know what they said, well some of it was true
Mini-Scribes calling at the top of the dial / And after all this, won’t you give us a smile?

Q: Please give us a new release soon! I’ve just been playing Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts nonstop, and at writing moment I’m downloading the two original N64 games (Banjo-Kazooie & Banjo-Tooie) from XBLM. Oh, and I have Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise ordered and waiting for its delivery. But it’s been 2 years since you released something new, if you don’t count your XBLM releases (which I don’t, evil as I am). I want a true platformer a lá Banjo-Kazooie released for the 360, and soon! Or even a Nuts & Bolts 2.
   Thank you for doing as I tell you, I expect a release within 2 months or so.
   Much Love,
   Chris from Sweden

A: Oh, Chris from Sweden! Not one of those other manky Chrises. For you, Swedish Chris, we will do our best to get a game out within two months. Kinect Sports, I mean. For anything else, you might have to wait a bit… maybe a bit longer. But all those other excellent Rare games should keep you going, and in purchasing them you may have generated enough royalties to buy us a packet of crisps. Nice one.

Q: I have 2 Qeustions 1. Are you going to make another Banjo-Kazooie title fore de DS like you made Banjo-Kazooie Grunty’s Revenge?? 2. Cane you make a Banjo-Kazooie Remake on the DS??
   Robin Schuurman

A: Banjo-3DSie confirmed! Although by confirmed I do mean 100% utterly speculative. We haven’t done much in the handheld ‘space’ since DKR DS and Pocket Paradise – could we dip our toes in again at some point? Possibly. 3DS? Not for me to say. Bandai WonderSwan? No.

Q: Why is it so hard to find a used copy of Conker: Live & Reloaded? I remember back in 2005-2006 it was freakin’ everywhere in stores (I didn’t buy it cause my friend had it) and now a couple of years later it’s impossible to find in the used bin, I still find Grabbed by the Ghoulies (which is also an awesome game). I really wish you would make Reloaded for Games on Demand (the best Xbox Original).
   Mikael Ruhtenberg

A: It’s not that hard to find – just checked eBay and it’s full of copies. Not dirt cheap, but still less than full whack. We don’t control what gets added to Games on Demand, and it seems to be more focused on downloadable versions of 360 games nowadays, so hunting down a physical copy is still your best bet. Make sure it comes with the award-winning (sort of, not really) manual!
   Conker overlord Mr. Seavor says: “TBH, I’d have thought there’d be loads of CL+Rs around? BFD is the tough one to find (they still go for a premium on eBay)… You can have my copy for a tenner.”
   PS Please don’t really send us a tenner.

Blast from the Past: February 19, 2002

Q: I hope you can answer this question since I’ve heard people on certain web site claim PD Zero is going to be cel-shaded. I am now used to the fact that Zelda sports this new look but please tell me this isn’t the case for PD Zero.
   I’m a huge fan of everything Rare (except KI). Also please tell me that all the horrible delays are going to be a thing of the past. I’m cautiously optimistic that this issue is now fixed.
   Btw… I would appreciate it if you guys put out about 5 games per year 😉
   Mucho thanks,

A: I quote from the previous edition of Scribes: “We haven’t even announced any kind of sequel to Perfect Dark yet, let alone confirmed the ludicrously rampant third-person rumour.” To this I can now add “…or the completely out-of-the-blue cel-shading rumour.”
   We’d like to put out five games a year as well, but unfortunately we’re not in 1983 any more, Toto.

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