Banjo-Tooie releasing April 29 on XBLA

Rare confirmed today that Banjo-Tooie will release on April 30th, on Xbox 360 Live Arcade along with Tooie themed gamerpics. A price wasn't announced but gamers can expect to pay a similar price as they did for the first game, 1200 Microsoft points ($14.99 USD, £10.20 GBP). Rare also released a theme on Xbox Live Marketplace last week for the game which costs 250 MSP ($3.12, £2.13).

"4J Studios' stellar port will be yours to own from Wednesday 29th April – exactly two weeks from now.

Set a reminder in your reminding appliance of choice, as it's full to the brim with updates and tweaks from the original release, not least being a super-charged frame rate and some fully-featured Stop 'N' Swoppery."

The first game was ported late last year in the run up to Rare's new title in the franchise Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. It was also offered as a preorder bonus in some countries.

More recently with the preview for Banjo-Tooie's dashboard theme, eagle eyed gamers spotted a game tile which closely resembles Joanna Dark from the first Perfect Dark game on the N64. Many rumours surround Rare and the possibility of releasing the game after they hit a road block with Goldeneye over licensing issues. However Perfect Dark belongs to Rare and wouldn't have the same issues in being ported.

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Nice! Been waiting for this for ages, Banjo Kazooie is the only XBLA game I've been willing to pay for so far, hope this isn't any more than 1200 points.

-Vivicidal- said,
That's what we all want to know!

I'm pretty sure EA own the James Bond rights, so Rare or Microsoft can't release it. This was also why Rare developed Perfect Dark after Goldeneye, because Nintendo had sold the James Bond license to EA.