If you’re a standard-definition television owner, you may want to consider canceling that pre-order for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Following the recent demo release, players using SDTVs noticed the text was difficult to read. This may remind you of a similar problem with Dead Rising, after which Capcom told fans they’d have to deal without a patch. A Rare community manager has similarly stated that the problem would be “too expensive in terms of time, resources, and money to alter.” Asked if the problem could be patched, he said, “I really don’t know at this stage, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up.”
Also Microsoft’s strict guidelines for Xbox Live Arcade releases, there aren’t any in place to make sure retail titles are readable on smaller screens. Also, consider that the game is retailing at a lower price, a move meant to make the game more palatable to mass audiences who are also more likely to own standard-def TVs. Finally, if the demo is any indication, almost all of the plot and instructions are given via text, so SDTV owners would probably be essentially clueless on what to do.
Last Updated: November 6, 2008