Baten Kaitos Origins

Cult Classics: GameCube

Part 1: Animals, drums, war and tidying.

It's often tough to say goodbye. But when only eight games come out for a system in a whole year, it's probably time to bid our farewells. The last GameCube release - the last one ever, I think it's safe to say - was Ratatouille, and God knows where the shops put that. Hidden amongst the three pre-owned copies of Luigi's Mansion at the back of the shelf, probably.

Bongo Blast, Baten Kaitos details

Bongo Blast, Baten Kaitos details

Life in the old Cube yet.

It may not have had any GameCubes on its E3 stand this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean Nintendo's given up on the silly little joybox yet - with Zelda and Super Paper Mario still on the way, and a couple of others - DK Bongo Blast and Baten Kaitos Origins - also set for release this year.

As the title suggests, DK Bongo Blast is another game to make use of the bongo drum-set created for Donkey Konga, and is a sort of racing game that has players banging on the bongos to swoop, bank side to side and launch attacks on rival racers.

It features five 3D worlds, and four-player options as well as a single-player campaign, and is currently in development at Paon, who you may remember did DK King of Swing on the GBA and PS2 oddity Trapt. You can see how they're doing with Bongo Blast in the game's screenshot gallery. It's due out in Q3 this year in the US.

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Baten Kaitos 2

Why, what did he do?

Wah, death of the Cube, wah wah etc. NONSENSE. Among other things, the tail end of the year will also see the release of a sequel to Namco's rather excellent Cube RPG Baten Kaitos. Which appears to be a prequel, despite being called Baten Kaitos 2. If we could tuuuuurn back tiiiii-aaaam. [Apologies. I'm guessing we just hit medication-o'clock in the darkest corner of the office. Ed]