Rare's #1 mascot is now rumored to be coming to XBLA. No, not Banjo. Not Conker. Not Joanna Dark (at least in this post). It's Mr Pants!!! Surfer Girl has revealed that one of the Rare XBLA games that is coming will feature Mr Pants. That's all we know for now. Given the fact that Mr Pants has only starred in one game 2005's It's Mr Pants (GBA, 76%), it may be a safe bet to think that that may be the game. It's Mr Pants was a puzzle game which forced you to create large groups of blocks of the same color (check out this YouTube video for more information).
What do you think? Will be seeing Mr Pants in his "classic" puzzle game, in something new, or will this stay just a rumor?
Gamerscoreblog has announced that there is a new patch for Jetpac Refuelled. This isn't your standard patch as you apparently have to go through a little bit of leg work to get it to work...
The Rare team just sent over word that they've sent out an update to Jetpac Refuelled. Here's the deal. While playing in single player mode, there's a stage that awards you with a free dashboard theme. Some of you pointed out that the theme wasn't downloading correctly. The issue has now been rectified and an update posted to Xbox Live. There is a glitch that you should know about. In order for the update to install correctly you must delete the existing game (package) from your console and follow the instructions below. Don't delete your game save. Please note: Deleting and then re-downloading the package will NOT affect your saved game or Leaderboard status, or cost you any additional Microsoft Points. In addition, you WILL NOT be charged for this download. Instructions:
- Navigate to the 'System' blade in the 360 dashboard
- Select the 'Memory' menu option
- Select the storage device on which 'Jetpac Refuelled' is saved
- Select the 'Games' menu option
- Navigate to the 'Jetpac' entry in the menu and select it
- When you select the 'Jetpac' entry, highlight 'Jetpac Xbox Live Arcade Game'
- Select and confirm the 'Delete' option
- FINAL STEP: Re-download from the Arcade downloads section of the dashboard to obtain the updated game package
French website Merisoft has somehow gotten their hands on [url=http://www.meristation.com/v3/listado_imagenes.php?id=cw45dad91e70b11&idj=cw45dad91e70b11&pic=360]three blurry first ever shots of Jetpac Refuelled[/url]. The art style seems essentially how I'm guessing everyone thought it was going to look. What are your opinions of this game based off of these screenshots?
Via Gamertag Radio
It seems the [url=http://www.xblarcade.com/node/95]rumor mill[/url] was right on this one. Germany's version of the ESRB, the USK, has [url=http://www.usk.de/64_Pruefdatenbank.htm?id=64&s=search&title=Jetpac+Refuelled&publisher=&genre=Arcade&system=Microsoft+XBOX+360&freigabe=0&s.x=54&s.y=11]rated Jetpac Refuelled for release on Xbox Live Arcade[/url]. The original Jetpac was a 2D shoot 'em up released back in 1983, although it graced the video game scene not long ago as an unlockable in the Donkey Kong 64 and as a start up screen on Perfect Dark Zero. The objective of the original Jetpac was simple just refuel your rocket and avoid man hungry aliens. Expect online leaderboards, enhanced graphics, and a low price point for this retro remake. It seems like Rare has fully embraced XBLA development with the good news the other day of a [url=http://xblarcade.com/node/371]new Xbox Live Arcade IP from Rare[/url] and now this.
Thanks goes out to qwerty for informing us of this breaking news.
Edge magazine has revealed that Microsoft first-party developer Rare has been working on an entirely new IP release on Xbox Live Arcade. For the past few months there have been many rumors of an Xbox Live Arcade game in development at Rare; however, all previous rumors had assumed that Rare would be digging into [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Rare_Ltd._games]their massive back catalog[/url]. There are no known details of the game other than Lead Graphical Software Engineer Nick Burton is heading the team of 11.
Interesting enough, everyone seems to have missed this fact when Nick Burton himself announced it in this [url=http://on10.net/Blogs/paulfo/rare-tour-and-xna-workshop/]on10.net video of the XNA Game Studio Express launch event in the UK[/url]. It will be interesting to see if there is any link between Rare's involvement in this event and this upcoming arcade release.
Thanks goes to jc and DualCore for the heads up on the Edge Magazine article.