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Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie Officillay Announced: Yooka-Laylee

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Following months of rumor and speculation the new heroes of the Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee are revealed

Banjo-Kazooie is among the most famous game series ever created, leaving a huge imprint on a generation of gamers. Its been years since the last title in the series touched down on the Xbox 360 breaking from core mechanics of the franchise. Despite that fans have been eagerly hoping for a new addition; that hope has been building since rumors began to spread of a return. Members of former Banjo-Kazooie developer Rare have formed together to create Playtonic Games promising a spiritual successor to the platformer.

Until now fans have only known the game by its codename, Project Ukulele, with scarce details on what it would truly be. That has officially changed with Playtonic unveiling name of their game as well its heroes, introducing Yooka-Laylee. Complete with images of the heroes and the world they’ll inhabit Playtonic is sure to impress fans old and new with this reveal.

Right off the bat gamers of the original series will recognize the Yooka-Laylee art style which taps into the original style of the franchise. That should come as no surprise with Steve Mayles, creator of a huge number of Rare characters, joining the Yooka-Lalylee development team. Recreating the 90’s gaming look that fans will love while adding in modern techniques to create a unique design found nowhere else. The chameleon and bat teams world is sure to be a blast to travel through if it can keep that mix strong.

The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign launched May 1st and it’s doing really well already. The campaign will be shooting to land the game on PC, Mac,PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U with a $24 price tag for the game. Backers who go above that base price will be open to an impressive list of rewards including: soundtracks, artbooks, and an Nintendo 64 style version of the game. Playtonic is obviously doing all they can to attract backers and a Nintendo 64 style version of the game is a great way to do that. Already, the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its goal in just a few hours and has already passed the equivalent of $800.000 of the original goal of $265.000

They will need that boost to help get around the fear that people have developed recently around Kickstarter. Several projects have failed to deliver on their promises and games have been finding it tougher all the time to find backers. All those recent troubles might melt away for gamers looking for the nostalgia of an old school Nintendo styled game. Especially old school fans of the Banzo-Kazooie series who have waited so long for a successor. Only time will tell if Yooka-Laylee can live up to their expectations.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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