AJ from The Game Bolt: "‘Tis the season to be jolly with these Christmas-themed video game levels. Similar to the Top 5 list I did for Halloween, these gaming levels will be ones that I felt most fitting of the holiday spirit. Music, characters, and the overall design were major factors in picking these levels."

Leviathyn's Cassidee Moser travels down memory lane, re-living her favorite games from the Nintendo 64. Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and more make an appearance. Do you agree?

Leviathyn.com's Jay Coombes lists his top ten best story-driven games in history. These titles shook Jay to his core in many different ways. However, is it possible to even pick a number one for this kind of list?

Gaming Irresponsibly's Matt Beaudette counts down his ten favorite Nintendo 64 games. With so many amazing games on the N64, you're bound to disagree. What are your favorite Nintendo 64 games?

"A lot of games have them and a lot of them are annoying. We're of course talking about side kicks in video games. Whether your favorite genre is the classic platformer or you're more into hardcore action shooters, chances are you've had an annoying side kick at some point. We run down our top five worst side kicks of all-time. It's not likely that you'll agree with them all, but you're certain to remember how some of these number twos bugged you at some point."

A special treat for The Bender this week. We spend time with the gamer who loves to sue (currently Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and Activision-Blizzard), Erik Estavillo. Special guest Raychul Moore (girl gamer, Dan Hsu's better half) joins us with this interview discussing his cases and the guy himself. Listen in at the end of the show for some random thoughts about the interview with Mike and James along with some news blips. Get us on iTunes, through Zune, or download the mp3 here

While many game girls were blessed with perfect faces and supermodel bodies (or maybe they just had horny male designers), others weren't so lucky. Here are Screwattack's Top 10 Ugly Chicks in Games...

"It’s amazing how a game can be so good and so memorable, that you keep playing it over and over for more then ten years, and never get bored of it. For me, ‘Banjo-Kazooie’, is one of those games.
‘Banjo-Kazooie’, created by Rare, was originally released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. Ten years later, the original that we have come to love is back, this time on the Xbox 360’s arcade service, and it’s better then ever!"

Major Nelson has posted the Live Activity for this week, summing up what is being played online in the gaming world for Xbox 360. I am amazed that despite the release of World at War, this does not hinder the CoD4 community from taking down everything that isn't Halo 3. Real football (FIFA) manages to beat out American football (Madden), and surprisingly, people are still playing Grand Theft Auto.

The top ten video game baddies, marvel in their wickedness! See classics such as Dr. Eggman and Bowser, stare at Wario the overweight evil brother.

Though it's a real nice find to see Gruntilda Winkybunion from our beloved Banjo-Kazooie series get in at first! Followed by Final Fantasy VI character Kefka Palazzo and Ganondorf in third from the Legend of Zelda series.

"So I blazed my way through the game, dying countless times like the big idiot that I was. But I DID make it through, eventually making it all the way to the final battle with Gruntilda. And I fought her, and I lost. "No big deal," I thought to myself. "I'll just try again."

So I did try again. And again. And again. And again. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAAAAAIN.

I couldn't do it."

In the coming of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & bolts I thought that I would make a list of the top theme songs in the Banjo-Kazooie games.

5. Jinjo Village.

One word... WOW! The song is beautifully recorded and the theme is just one you can't get out of your head. When you first hear those first few notes you know that the song is a good one. The theme also suits the area in Banjo-Tooie as well.

4. Cauldron Keep

This theme is awesome and keeps in the theme of nervous tension. The...

With the original Banjo Kazooie soon to be released on the Xbox Live Arcade, ThumbsUpMaster decided to take a look at the more humorous (and sometimes naughty) side to the Banjo games...

Chad Concelmo of destructoid.com has typed up an ode to Banjo-Kazooie in due to the the new game for the Xbox 360, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

They managed to make a comprehensive reflection upon what we now see as the original Banjo-Kazooie. They listed everything that was great, why we as gamers loved it.

It's not a suggestion that the new game won't be great. On the contrary, they state "I have high hopes for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts". They do, however, feel that the vibe or char...

Ah, Banjo Kazooie. It was one of the best games to appear on the Nintendo 64. Who would have ever thought that, years after it's release, we would see it in HD ...

"5.) Donkey Kong Country
Release Date: November 25, 1994
Console: SNES

The year was 1994, and the Super Nintendo was in trouble. With most of the gaming world focused on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation, and others preoccupied with Sega’s Genesis … Nintendo needed a blockbuster hit to grab the attention of gamers once again. Enter Donkey Kong Country."

Rare, the developer of Banjo-Kazooie for the XBLA, has released five new screenies pertaining to the game. One of them shows Banjo, a obvious main character in the game, balancing on some sort of log.

Banjo-Kazooie will be making its way to the Arcade on November 14th.

"[W]hen you pre-order Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts (from selected retailers) you will receive a code which allows you to gain access to the classic Banjo-Kazooie game via the Xbox Live Arcade for FREE and before it is released to the general public.

The deal is actually pretty sweet, with the rest of the Xbox Live members having to wait till after the retail game launches which will be "a couple of weeks" after you gain access to it.

One of the biggest advantages to pre-ordering the game..."

"Rare has a list of ten 360 titles that might be heading to the 360. Here are the list of games:

  • Kameo 2 (Rumour)
  • Conker 3 (Rumour)
  • Banjo Tooie (XBLA, TBA)
  • Banjo Kazooie (XBLA, TBA)
  • Killer Instinct (Rumour)
  • Killer Instinct 3 (Rumour)
  • Perfect Dark (XBLA, TBA)
  • Perfect Dark 2 (Rumour)
  • Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts (November 28, 2008)
  • Goldeneye 007 (Rumour)

"The original N64 classic, Banjo Kazooie, will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade this Holiday season. Along with Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Rare fans will now have two platforming games to look forward to. Though one will include a little more vehicles than the other."

"The first images from Rare's upcoming Banjo-Kazooie 3 (said to be called Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts) have been leaked online, showing off the art style and a vehicle creation screen for the very first time.

As we reported last week, Microsoft is rumoured to be showcasing this year's Christmas line-up tomorrow at a North American media summit.

Banjo 3 was tapped to be unveiled, along with Fable 2 and Gears of War 2. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the bear has jumped out the door prematurely."

Two screens were leaked before, but now 13 more have been revealed. It seems the game will have quite an emphasis on vehicles! Go to the source to see the rest of them.

"Dear Scribes,
I'm a longterm fan. Well. Longterm enough. You had me at Banjo-Kazooie's release, so there.
I'm not here to be critical or pose questions that have been asked to you lot till the words begin to haunt your dreams, but to ask this. My gaming future may rest upon the answer. Basically you lot ruined platformers for me. I could hardly play anything last gen without your logo, or that of a certain company you were 2nd party for a while on the box. Why? Your games are too..."