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Where have all the platformers gone?

Over the past few months, Megatonik.com began to notice something. They have noticed a sharp decline in the amount of platforming games released for many next-generation consoles, most notably for the Xbox 360. While the Playstation 3 has great platformers like Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, and Wii owners will be blessed this week by Super Mario Galaxy, the Xbox 360 has nothing of the sort. This is quite surprising because, with such solid platforming games like Psychonauts and Blinx: The Time Sweeper for the Xbox, one can only ask, "Where have all the platformers gone?"

In September of 2006 at Microsoft's X06 conference, a sequel to the Nintendo 64 classic, Banjo-Tooie, was announced to be in the works exclusively for the Xbox 360. Although there has not been any subsequent news on the game in over a year, the game is still hopefully in the works, holding fast for a release sometime next year.

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snoop_dizzle3457d ago (Edited 3457d ago )

i don't know why they haven't really made many platformers. They had blinx. A psyconaughts game would be excellent if they made it.

Banjo-tooie sequel for the 360 though will be pretty good.

MK_Red3457d ago

I agree with new Psychonauts and other platformers being cool but sadly, due to many stupid gamers who prefered 1000th Madden, NFS and other junky EA game to Psychonauts and made that masterpiece a commercial failure, publishers don't really want to go for platformer unless it involves a certain plumber.

barom3457d ago

Dude needs a PS3. Ratchet is awsome and Uncharted is probably gonna be good too.

chasegamez3457d ago

Banjo-tooie it better look as good as
Ratchet and Clank

xplosneer3457d ago

Quality>Quantity. Great for them.
Mario and Ratchet for example.

Irving3457d ago

I think you can call Uncharted and Assassin's Creed as platformers as well, although they have a heavy action/adventure side to them.

predator3457d ago

if rare can deliver then banjo 3 will be a great platformer, but i do agree platform games seem to be MIA.

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