Chad Concelmo from Destructoid writes:
"I'm not going to lie: While I loved the extended bit I got to play at this year's E3 and am excited for the workday to end so I can rip open my newly purchased copy, I have mixed feelings about today's release of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. I am fairly confident everything will turn out fine (maybe even great!), but I have such fond memories of the original game for the Nintendo 64 that it is hard for me to fully get behind this sequel's wacky new vehicular gameplay.
And the argument about a classic series just evolving doesn't work with me. Are you honestly saying that no one would say a word if a new game in the traditional Mario series came out and it turned out to just be a glorified Mario Kart with slight platforming elements? People would revolt! Tradition goes a long way concerning classic franchises.
While I am not nearly that upset about Banjo-Kazooie's new direction, I want to close my eyes and remember the good old days before I go home and pop this new, shiny Nuts & Bolts disc in my Xbox 360. Hopefully everything will end well, but, just in case, let's revisit a time when Mario was temporarily dethroned as the platforming king by a cute little bear and his sassy bird buddy."