OXM reports that Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts did originally start life as a platformer.
However, Rare's Neil Harrison admits that it felt stale and didn't fit in with today's market.
"We thought well, we'll just do another platform game as Banjo Kazooie," Harrison explains. "We did that for a bit and as gamers and as developers, it just felt a little bit stale. It felt like it didn't fit in today's market. With the 360, there's just so much more we can do, we thought we'd try something different."