Banjo to be Mario of Xbox, says Rare

Rare studio head Mark Betteridge said that he would like for Banjo to be as iconic for Xbox 360 as Mario is for Nintendo.

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Xi3746d ago (Edited 3746d ago )

marcus looks more like mario.... (just change is outfit to red... I'm serious he looks like a short italian plumber)

and Petty Officer Master Chief John Spartan 117(his full name is a mouthful) is far more popular.

But it could be the xbox's Rachet and Clank...

Product3746d ago

Nothing will ever be Mario.but this could be xbox's casual trademark.

outlawlife3746d ago

i miss system mascots

mario was nintendo

sonic was sega

and for a while crash was sony

the amscot thing pretty much collapsed when sega did, i'd like to see it come back though

unfortunately banjo is a poor choice because having a mascot that started on a different platform is should start fresh

Xi3746d ago

Masterchief is the xbox mascot.

IQUITN4G3746d ago

Yeah they do need an icon for Xbox

Worth noting also that the headline is a bit misleading - Rare did not state Banjo would be Mario for Xbox, rather they would like that to be the case regarding him being a synonymous character

IQUITN4G3746d ago (Edited 3746d ago )

I guess that's true but i think Banjo would make the transition well enough

Banjo was always second to Mario64 (though it's graphics were much better)but these days i would enjoy playing another Banjo and i think this is quite an exciting title for Xbox

In any case it would be a good move to develop more Banjo games as i think it will definitely usher in a more young and casual audience.I'm guessing this will already be on the cards at MS as this is just the sort of thing it needs to do

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