What if Nintendo Bought Banjo Kazooie?

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.

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Kamikaze1352577d ago

It would have actually been fun

Xof2577d ago

For once, I don't have to skim down through 20 replies to find someone capable of stating the blindingly obvious.

Good show.

NukaCola2577d ago

Clearly if Nintendo didn't sell RARE, the quality of their games would be much better.

Venox20082577d ago

I want that Ninty would buy .......... CONKER!!!! :)

jacksonmichael2577d ago

I said this a couple days ago. It should definitely happen - even if they only use him as a Smash Bros character.

A7XEric2577d ago

To be honest that's actually one IP of Microsoft's that I feel is really underutilized, especially since Live & Reloaded did fairly well critically and commercially. It plays much more to Microsoft's main demographic than Nintendo's.

MasterCornholio2577d ago

Nintendo should have been the ones to buy Rare not Microsoft. Microsoft hurt rare a lot with their descisions to have them focus on Kinect development.

A7XEric2577d ago

I'd love for Nintendo just to buy back Rare all together, or at the very least just rehire all of the former key employees under a new studio name

jacksonmichael2577d ago

I read somewhere that that is basically what Retro is. I, as usual, have no idea, though.

earbus2577d ago

What if stupid articles didnt exist?

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