Game History Secrets - The Lost Banjo-Kazooie 2D Platformer

What happened to this one?

Today on Game History Secrets we talk about the lost Banjo-Kazooie platformer for the Nintendo Game Boy Color, which was planned to release as Banjo Kazooie: Grunty’s Curse.

Banjo-Kazooie "Collectathon Charm Keychain" and more RARE merch available via Fangamer


Fangamer has added in a handful of new RARE-related merch, including the Collectathon Charm Keychain you see above. If that's not your thing, you might be interested in a RARE hoodie, t-shirt, or a pin in the shape of classic RARE eyes. Check out the full lineup here.

The Cat Mario Show - Ep. 148 (Zelda: Link's Awakening, Super Kirby Clash, Smash Bros. Ultimate)

Episode 148 of the Cat Mario Show is now available. This episode takes a look at The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Super Kirby Clash, and Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Did You Know Gaming - Banjo-Kazooie secrets

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding the Banjo-Kazooie franchise, including Banjo Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie on the Nintendo 64 (N64), and the duo's inclusion on Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.

IGN Video - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Banjo and Kazooie DLC Review

Banjo & Kazooie from the popular Banjo-Kazooie series of games are available now in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The new fighters are part of the third Challenger Pack DLC (sold separately). In addition to the characters, players will also get to enjoy the Spiral Mountain stage, as well as music tracks from the classic games.

Creator of Banjo-Kazooie comments on the duo's Smash Bros. Ultimate appearance, talks about the future of the series

Could there ever be a new game?

Steve Mayles, a current Playtonic dev and former RARE team member, has shared some thoughts on Banjo and Kazooie returning to Nintendo's hardware. The bear and bird are back, thanks to their appearance in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Check out Mayles' comments on seeing the characters back with Nintendo, as well as what the future might hold below.

Now, to see Banjo and Kazooie back again after so long in the gaming wilderness, and back on a Nintendo console, it’s all very surreal for me! ...Now they have returned in Smash, I’ve been surprised by the reception. Part of it is being away for so long, and a part of it is returning to a Nintendo console. And maybe just a small part because they are decent characters! It really is quite strange to see them back and looking very similar to my old hi-res renders from 20 years ago. People tend to be Nintendo fans for life and for Banjo fans this is the characters coming home, even if it is just for a glorious one-off.

Could the reaction of fans to Banjo and Kazooie in Smash persuade Microsoft to make another Banjo game? The revival of Spiro and Crash went pretty well after all… I think a fairly safe way to gauge demand for a new game would be a remaster of the original two games. Then if the interest is there perhaps we could see Banjo return in the new no-expense-spared game he and Kazooie deserve.

Mayles had a lot more to say about the dynamic duo. You can see his full thoughts on the matter over at VideogamesChronicle.

Smash Bros. Ultimate display at 7-Eleven may indicate Banjo-Kazooie's release date sneaking up

Is the duo coming soon?

Who knew that 7-Eleven would end up being a great indicator for when to expect DLC to launch? Just a few weeks back, 7-Eleven had an in-store display in Japan for Smash Bros. Ultimate, which featured Dragon Quest's Hero. That in-store display was set to run until Aug. 4th, 2019, and this was back when we didn't have a release date for Hero. Many speculated that Hero would be added to the game before the 7-Eleven campaign ended, and they were right. Hero ended up hitting Smash Bros. Ultimate on July 30th, 2019.

Now 7-Eleven is back with another display, and this one features Banjo-Kazooie. The campaign is set to run until Sept. 15th, 2019. If we do a little math based on what happen last time, we should expect Banjo-Kazooie to hit Smash Bros. Ultimate sometime around Sept. 10th, 2019. Even if that doesn't turn out to be true, I think it's safe to say Banjo-Kazooie will be released sometime before the 15th.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Former RARE dev says RARE IP returning to Nintendo with Smash Bros. Ultimate was 'significant, but inevitable'

A Smashing idea

Nintendo fans lost their collective mind seeing Banjo and Kazooie officially revealed for Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was a move many dreamed of, but few thought could actually happen. Former RARE dev Chris Seavor knows it's important as well, and in an interview with with VideogamesChronicle, he reveals that he thought RARE's characters making their way back to Nintendo was inevitable.

“It is significant, very significant but it was also inevitable. You only have to look at the reaction to Banjo’s appearing in Smash to see that this was purely a fan driven thing, and fans are if nothing else a noisy and belligerent bunch. I mean, it’s an abbreviation of ‘Fanatic’ after all. Whether they’ll be as loud about the other IP’s including Conker is up for debate… I’d say not likely.”

What could the future hold for RARE's IP on Nintendo platforms? Now that we've had the Banja-Kazooie reveal, it makes you think anything is possible! Perhaps Conker has more of a shot than Seavor thinks. I'd like to hope so, at least.

Banjo-Kazooie tribute created using over 43k dominoes


I don't get how this person lives in this home. With all these dominoes all over the place, how do they move around?! Doors closing, people walking, and other usual day-to-day stuff would have me beyond paranoid! One tiny vibration and a whole day's work could be ruined!

Banjo-Kazooie composer not sure a new entry in the series will ever happen

Fans continue to hold out hope

Banjo and Kazooie are coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate, and fans couldn't be happier. The reveal of the duo for Smash Bros. Ultimate may very well be the biggest reaction the Smash community has ever let loose with, showing just how popular the bear and bird are to this day. You would think that would lock-in development of a true sequel, right? Original Banjo-Kazooie composer Grant Kirkhope isn't so sure.

In an interview with VideoGamesChronicle, Mr. Kirkhope talks about the likelihood of a sequel, the reaction from Smash Bros. fans, and how a sequel could come together. Check out his full response below.

“My honest opinion is I don’t know if they’ll ever be a new Banjo. It’s easy to go, ‘look at these numbers’, but it might be a drop in the ocean for Xbox. Is there a market for it? I just don’t know. I would think that Rare probably doesn’t have the appetite for it. They’re super busy with Sea of Thieves and that’s a gigantic game: it’s going to take the whole studio to keep making content for that.

Maybe the E3 reception has made Microsoft think about it, but the trouble is, if I say anything more definitive than that then the fans will think I’m in the know! When really, I’m just a composer. I have no connection to that decision what-so-ever. Gregg Mayles and Tim Stamper are the real inventors of Banjo… I’m just the most visible on social media.

They (Nintendo) were surprised by how crazy it went. The E3 reveal seemed to be gigantic. When I was speaking to Nintendo back at their booth at E3, they were all saying it was a bigger reaction than they’re normally used to for Smash. So Nintendo did recognize that it was a big deal. They were surprised. And we all were: it was such a huge release for all those fans who’ve been waiting so long for a new game.

Rare need to find somebody like that who gets the game, who really loves it, gets the humour, comes up with a great plot and then kicks on. They would need to find an external studio who really cares about the project and wants to do it, like they did with Killer Instinct and also similar to how Ubisoft Milan did a great job with Mario + Rabbids.”


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