Why We Need A New Banjo Kazooie

A new Banjo Kazooie would be good competition against Yooka-Laylee

With the recent successful Kickstarter of a Banjo Kazooie successor, it feels like high time that Rare make a new Banjo Kazooie. Even though the views were highly negative with Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, I feel as if Rare could make a good old-school Banjo Kazooie game on the Xbox One. It's not quite going to feel like the old games, but it would be awesome to see actual Banjo Kazooie once more.

If nothing else, the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter proved that fans are nostalgic for a platforming pair.

It may not be the same exact dev team from the old Banjo days on the N64 platform, but I feel as if they could make a great old-school Banjo game without any racing gimmicks attached. The old dev team is now working on Yooka-Laylee and long since left the studio.

A new Banjo could also bring some good competition to the table as an old classic goes toe to toe with the new Yooka-Laylee  IP to see which one sells better and has the better gameplay. I, for one, welcome more platformers that are not Super Mario to the table.  An old IP would also have Rare ACTUALLY doing something besides just sitting on their lazy butts, making a game that is not on the Kinect, as has been the case for the past 4 years.

Would a Banjo Kazooie game be worth making again if it were the standard old collect-a-thon gameplay? Shoot off in the comments below!


Dustin has a passion for games journalism despite not wanting to go for a degree due to the expensive amount to attend college. He has written for gaming blogs and websites despite all this where he's learned his own craft. You can contact him at dustylee15[@]gmail[dot]com

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Published May. 12th 2015
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    It's a shame the collectathon subgenre of platformers died out after the N64/PSX era, because they were really stellar -- and Rare at the time was a force to be reckoned with.

    One can attribute the genre's dying basically with the primary market's big shift to other genres. Remember how many 3D platformers there were in the '90s? It was just the biggest genre at the time. Though one can argue the quality of some of those gems surpasses the quality of today's big genres.

    But anyway.

    We're long overdue for a new collectathon, and Yooka-Laylee looks pretty sweet thus far. I know the speedrunning community is itching for a new stellar 3D platformer to break, too. Too much hype!

    But if you know gaming history and have kept up with Rare over the years, you know the company isn't what it used to be and doesn't even have the creative power behind it that it used to. I'd say just let Banjo rest in peace, Nuts & Bolts was terrible. I would trust today's Rare to do a stellar job.
  • Dustin Frisch
    Really sucks how Rare nowadays was stuck on that crappy Kinect gimmick.. Also, I'm just giving my opinion on why we need one. :P I wouldn't wanna bash this Rare now until we see an actual CONSOLE game that isn't a Kinect only title.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Like Ashley said, let the dynamic duo rest in peace. No need to slap a label on a game which will probably be inferior to Yooka-Laylee since most of Rare's creativity and talent has long since left the studio.

    The funny thing is Microsoft shelled out mega bucks to purchase Rare. I wonder if they have felt buyer's remorse yet?

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