Rumor: Nintendo Attempting to Negotiate it’s Way Into Ownership of Banjo and Kazooie

Nintendo is trying to get back Banjo Kazooie IP.

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ThePsychoGamer2284d ago (Edited 2284d ago )

While I'm doubt that Nintendo would be able to capture the greatness that was Banjo-Tooie (best platformer of all time), I still would love to see this franchise saved. Hell if they released a true next installment for the WiiU I buy the system despite being region locked.

Break the Locks

Moncole2284d ago

Who said the Wii U is region locked?

ThePsychoGamer2284d ago (Edited 2284d ago )

Last year Nintendo released there first region locked handheld, if this wasn't enough to confirm Nintendo has no plan on making the right decision and going region free, then a statement made by the head of Nintendo, Iwata, during the pre e3 Nintendo direct video pretty much confirmed it. He states that Miiverse will only show other people in your country if your wondering.

Break the Locks

MaxXAttaxX2284d ago

Banjo-Kazooie is better off with Nintendo than Microsoft.

gaffyh2283d ago

@Moncole - Who said the Wii U isn't region locked?

@Nathan - This is true.

Wenis2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Oh man I hope this happens. Its obvious the franchise is just going to sit there and rot away with the "new" Rare. BK deserves better

JhawkFootball062283d ago

Ahh Banjo-Kazooie. Brings back good memories.

SockeyBoy2283d ago

hmm I do think a new Banjo would be awesome, but I don't think it being on a Nintendo console would help. Rare games on he xbox are pretty awesome. Perfect Dark, Kameo, Viva Pinata 1&2, and Kinect Sports are all very good games. I just hope there is something big planned for good ol' Banjo.

Smkt2283d ago

Don't think MS will be willing to sell off RARE because of Kinect. Kinect games suck.. but some of them do sell a lot.. Kinect adventures and the sports game had decent sales right?

also, Microsoft hasn't milked the rare franchises enough yet. just one perfect dark game and nuts and bolts.

they might sell the Banjo ip though.. or maybe this whole negotiation is to get banjo in the next super smash game and not about the IP or the developer at all.

3GenGames2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

"Rare games on he xbox are pretty awesome."
-sockboy, 1.1.6 comment.

That's the STUPIDEST thing I've heard about this. RARE games right before and forever after Nintendo sold the brand to Microsoft were all complete garbage! No game was a tenth of what their original games were. Banjo, Conkrs, Perfect Dark, 007, etc all sucked compared to the original games and even as stand alone titles.

SockeyBoy2283d ago

@ 3gengames.

can you please PM me your gamertag. Just curious to see if you've played any Rare games on the xbox.

3GenGames2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Sockboy, show me that you own some original titles to compare them too, because the new games they pump out are garbage compared to the originals. I've only played the demo because I'm not an idiot to spend money to gamble on Microsofts remakes, and Banjo Kazooie demo was the 2nd thing I downloaded when I got my Xbox.

I have about 40 N64 Games out of picture of my collection attached, but I own and have played Banjo Kazooie and Tooie, 007 Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Jet Force Gemini, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Donkey Kong 64, and a few copies of Killer Instinct on the SNES (black cart in the photo), along with Solar Jetman, Battletoads, and a couple Snake Rattle 'n' Rolls on NES which RARE also developed. I've also played them all for at least 4-5 levels each, much more so on the N64 games.

I'm also a homebrew game developer on the NES. I know what I'm talking about when I can say a game sucked and is not of quality and a developer should have done better work. If you think anything RARE has done since Microsoft acquired them was of quality, you should never voice your opinion on gaming again.

Please, go away, the world of gaming didn't just start with the Xbox kid. You are really not qualified to judge sequels to games when you have never played the originals.

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Shok2284d ago

Yea, at this point it's just obsession, and a very strange one. I've never seen somebody so indignant at the fact that a system is region locked to the point where EVERY comment they post on a Nintendo article is about the region locking.

Either this guy is a master troll, or......I'm not gonna go there, don't wanna offend anybody.

I mean this in the most non-offensive way possible too.

Studio-YaMi2284d ago

Region lock sucks and it's nothing but a way to make more money of the consumers making them buy 2 or 3 of the SAME console,if you don't believe that .. then excuse me,you are an idiot.

One of the best things about a console (PS3 & PSvita comes to mind) is the ability to play imported titles,you do know that lots of JRPGs and some other great titles (like Super Robot wars for example) never become localized,with a region free device I can still import and play my imported games without the need to BUY another Japanese Wii-U just to play my imported Japanese games or even my Europe games.

Bottom line,anyone who thinks this is NOT an issue is nothing but a tool & a fool,with all do respect.

PopRocks3592283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )


Yeah, but constantly moaning about it on N4G articles won't change anything, it just annoys members of the community.

ChickeyCantor2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

"Region lock sucks and it's nothing but a way to make more money of the consumers making them buy 2 or 3 of the SAME console,"

It's bad for them when you keep buying games from a different continent. It kinda fuzzes their marketing.
If game A releases in region X, but then everyone buys it from region Y. It overthrows their whole marketing. Then releasing it in Region Y seems so pointless.

I never bought 2 or 3 of the same consoles. You make it sound like everyone is buying 2 or 3 of them same. As if that is some marketing strategy. Hardly anyone does that and isn't viable. Every sold copy isn't always tracked to where it's heading. Usually it's just checked for local consumption.

When a console is region locked, it's not meant to be sold outside it's own region. You make little to no sense.

",you do know that lots of JRPGs and some other great titles ... never become localized"

I'm sorry mister Weaboo-robotto. I think I missed those highly important japanese classes to play imported games.

I get it, it's easier for everyone and the feature is welcome. But Your reasoning is not even half baked.

TruthbeTold2283d ago

If they didn't dick us around and release Japanese developed games 2 years after the fact in other regions, this wouldn't be an issue at all. The bottom line in my mind here is that if gamers want to play a game, not allowing them to play it from the day that gamers in a different region get to, is going to cause all of the problems that they don't like, such as console modding, piracy, etc.

The easiest solution? Have region locking, but on a game by game basis. If say for instance Europe is to get a Japanese game, but 3 months later, then lock that game. 3 months sucks, but is reasonable. Companies want to wait and wait and wait, and have gamers beg, THEN maybe you get a game. Forget that. Make a decision, and deal with the consequences. If you aren't bringing it, then don't bitch when people find a way to play it anyway. If you're going to bring it, then don't take forever and a day to do it. Plain and simple.

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ritsuka6662283d ago

Banjo is coming home. great news...

n4f2283d ago

while there out there negotiating, they should try to get killer instinct too
nintendo better buys rare again than.
dont let ms waste them

StraightPath2283d ago

oh wow this would be amazing! the return of Rare under the great nintendo.

We know nintendo is king of platformers with mario galaxy. This would really help.

NewZealander2283d ago

i will never understand how Microsoft could be so blind, don't they realize what they had with rare?

they had instant mascots, the likes they could never create on there own, i don't care how many shooters they want, every console needs its stable mario/zelda type games, even Sony is lacking them this gen, but Microsoft had them, the golden opportunity to take games like banjo and kameo and make them classics, support them and make them games that everyone will remember, but no...

if rare was what it should be there would have been many sequels and new games by now, unfortunately all we get out of it is avatars and kinect sports, am i wrong in thinking people would rather have real rare games? is that just me?

congratulations MS the curtain is drawing closed on this current gen of consoles, its a huge missed opportunity that we never got more perfect dark or banjo, its a damn shame there was no more kameo or viva pinata, its a crime there was no conkers (even as a XBLA game with achievements)
and the worst part is all the new games that could have been.

Patriots_Pride2283d ago

Maybe they want Banjo in the next Super Smash Bros game.

MS could work out a deal where if MS lends Nintendo Banjo then Nintendo will lend MS Samus so she can appear in the next Killer Instincts.

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chrispen92284d ago

I want this to happen so Banjo-Kazooie fans can finally get what they want.

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Salamander2284d ago

Rare might not be profitable to MSoft now, but i doubt that MSoft would risk Nintendo reviving the brand to its former glory. If they did, the price would be high, like firstborn high.

Im not to interested in Banjo, i would prefer Killer Instinct, awesome.


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n4f2283d ago

no its would be
Ultimate, ultimate, ultimate

PopRocks3592284d ago

Holy fuck. That would be pretty awesome if Banjo-Kazooie could be restored to a developer with at least a moderate level of competency.

LOL_WUT2284d ago

I hope this true make it happen Nintendo!

NoFanboyRequired2283d ago

Lol Microsoft owns them. Its never going to happen unless Microsoft drops rare... which will never happen.

Patriots_Pride2283d ago

What if Nintendo lends MS Zelda for a one game trade off?

NoFanboyRequired2283d ago

I would sure as hell take that offer if I was Microsoft seeing as they would be getting the better game lol