When Rare released Banjo Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 back in the summer of 1998, players discovered a new franchise worthy of being placed in the ranks of Mario and Zelda. The game was quickly followed up with a sequel, Banjo Tooie, less than two years later. As the popularity for the series grew, so did the excitement for Nintendo’s next console, the Gamecube. Rare was quick to start on a third installment of the series for the new system, but news of a buyout by Mircosoft began to run wild throughout the internet. Rare was indeed bought out by Microsoft, taking all it’s franchises (save for Donkey Kong) and assets with it. Since then Rare has released quite a few games like Kameo: Elements of Power, Viva Pinata and Grabbed by Ghoulies, but most notable was their 2008 release of Banjo Kazooie: Nut and Bolts. The game scored favorable reviews and played great, but the game didn’t resonate well with many fans of the series because of the immense change in gameplay. With Rare’s recent release of Kinect Sports and their upcoming sequel Kinect Sports: Season 2, many wonder if the Banjo Kazooie series will ever receive a true a Banjo Kazooie successor.