Roundup: Banjo-Kazooie 3 and Viva Piñata 2

With a very short time to go until the press embargo is finally lifted, the rumor mill is churning out full speed with very detailed information about Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.

It's important to know that this information has not been confirmed by Rare yet, but here's what we've found out from our forums and NeoGAF in addition to the screenshots earlier leaked:

Title: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
  • Slated for a November release
  • You create vehicles with parts you find around the levels.
  • There will be 1,600 parts including weapons that you'll be able to attach to the vehicles.
  • The town is called Showdown Town.
  • Despite the large focus on vehicles it still features platform elements from the previous games like traditional platforming, tight rope walking and jiggy piece collecting.
  • Showdown Town is 16 times larger than anything Rare has created before.
  • Every level has a different intro. Nutty Acres begins with a credits spoof of 80's soap operas like Dallas.
  • Note collecting is back and will act has currency that'll allow you to buy vehicle blueprints.
  • Rare says there are 15 different challenges spread across 6 different levels. There will also be side missions.
  • Building vehicles is basically like playing with Lego. You can always jump in and out of the vehicle editor and come right back to the game with the new design.
  • Parts are easily placed and moved around. You don't have to worry about connecting the motor with the wheels for example. Just place everything so they stick together and don't get in the way.
  • Vehicle designs can play a large role in missions.
  • Physics are awesome in this game and everywhere!
  • Pixel art
  • Multiplayer is great fun with the ability to either chose from pre-fabricated or own vehicle designs.
Viva Piñata 2
Title: Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Slated for a September release
  • Improved interactivity between the piñata's and the environments.
  • Piñata's will mimic each others action and follow the leader around the garden.
  • They'll be adding toys for the piñatas to play with like musical instruments, spaced themed toys, and trains that the piñata's will ride around the garden.
  • 30 new piñatas.
  • 2 new sub areas called Pinarctic and Dessert that'll allow you to travel to new locations and lay traps for the piñatas.
  • A photo mode will allow you to upload pictures to the website.
  • A drop in and drop out co op mode.
  • Improved UI.
  • Viva Piñata 2 uses the Vision Camera in combination with physical cards. It basically scans a small code on the card, when it's being held up in front of the camera, and this can both insert custom designed piñatas, unlock buildings or abilities, change the weather and many other things.
  • So the game also got a photo mode. This photo mode is able to interpret the pictures and create the above-mentioned code based on the picture. Basically, you will have a card generator available on the internet!

We'll keep you informed of all the latest news as it arrives so stay tuned!
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