It's not enough to have a quirky sense of style or an attitude if you want to make it as a platform-action star. Mario, whose personality is as exciting as the pipes he works on, rests on the laurels of his genre-establishing gameplay to garner popularity. Failed mascots like Bubsy, however, tried too hard to sell style over substance.
Rare knows the writing's on the wall for cheeky characters without something to show and have ratcheted up their platform duo for success. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts embarks on a wild new direction that builds on the unique style of the series, while at the same time introducing interesting innovations.