Video Game Generation reviews Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts:
"Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts isn't for everyone. If you're not a fan of building and creating, then you will absolutely hate it. However, if that just happens to be right down your alley, then you'll have a blast. It's simple to work your brain to come up with new and zany vehicles, and the creation process is streamlined. There is a multitude of content to discover and wade through. It's overall a very solid game that just won't appeal to everyone. Should Rare decide on a return to form for the Banjo series, perhaps the Nuts and Bolts games will become a well-loved spinoff from the original formula."