Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Multiplayer Hands-On

We realize how much bigger and better Rare's vehicles are when we play with the gang.

Rare's upcoming vehicular platformer is full of humor, charm, and jiggies, which you can collect. With all the parts and blueprints that you can collect from the single-player campaign, you can build your dream machine to go head-to-head with opponents online. At a recent Banjo-Kazooie event in San Francisco, we played several matches with the team members from Rare to see what kinds of tricks they had up their sleeves.

Over Xbox Live, we were able to get a group of six players to check out a handful of the 27 multiplayer games that will be available with Nuts & Bolts. We started off with football (not the American one) in the Jiggoseum, where we had to use our vehicles to push different-colored balls into our respective zones for points. In the first match we played, we all used a preset vehicle so that it would be more or less fair. It's a bit tricky to push a monster-sized soccer ball around with a car that has a very small two-prong fork at the front. Increases in speed and sharp turns make the ball fall out of your mechanical hands. If you want to do well in this match, you'll need to have a bigger vehicle, preferably with a much larger claw to scoop and push the balls into your own goal.

In football, your mission is to push massive soccer balls around with a car.

After the match, we went into our test track where you can share your blueprints. Friends can come up to you to take a picture of your vehicle, and they'll automatically get the blueprint of your creation as long as it's unlocked. It's fast and easy to share blueprints, with which you can do a variety of things. Because we didn't have any fancy blueprints, we snagged a picture of another vehicle from one of the Rare folks, which was a much larger version than the preset vehicle and perfect for pushing balls around. However, once we started the match, an even larger contraption showed up--complete with weapons--which made our seemingly perfect scoop machine painfully inadequate. This monster creation was big enough to scoop up our vehicle, as well as the two balls we had in our possession, and push us right into its goal--all the while firing ammo into our backs.

It was clear that custom vehicles are a must, but then, you have to guess what your opponents are going to use. After each match, we were all able to go into our test track again and hit up the motor shop where we could tweak our creations before the next round. The next game we played was called Boaty Banjo Brawl. We were placed in a water-filled arena with our own pirate ships, and the goal was to take out our opponents using our starboard cannons, as well as other gizmos packed in the back and front of our ship. Obstacles were floating around the arena that would damage our ship if we got too close to them. Leaving the marked zone would also destroy your ship, so we had to make sure we weren't drifting too far from the action. Maneuvering boats was entirely different from maneuvering vehicles, and when we got to the match where we could use any boat we wanted, there was a variety of ships, so it was difficult to tell what kind of vessel would be useful in this situation.

Destroy your opponents in the Boaty Banjo Brawl.

The last game we had a chance to play was Sumo, where the goal is to stay on the platform as long as you can because your point total will continue to rise as long as you're there. This mode is a lot of fun because you're just shoving your opponents back and forth, trying to push off whoever is in the lead. Even though it is every vehicle for itself, sometimes it's worth going over the edge with whoever is in the lead--it's a matter of principle. Because the match takes place on a platform, if you do fall off, all you have to do is drive up the ramp again at full speed and try to plow through anyone still up there. There were a lot of rollovers and tangled vehicles, but it was incredibly entertaining.

We played through only three of the 27 multiplayer challenges, which are split into 14 sports-related games and 13 racing games. There seems to be a lot of variety so that you can make good use of the parts you've collected in the single-player campaign. We look forward to seeing exactly what Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts has in store for us when it becomes available on November 11.

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Discussion

73 comments
TheKindVillain
TheKindVillain

I think all the vehicles will make the game pretty fun.

malxmusician212
malxmusician212

DUDE, NOUPA, SEARCH BANJO KAZOOIE, IT'S ONLY BEEN FOR N64, GBA, AND ONE GAME FOR UR PHONE (if u even count that, i don't) OK??? and 360 isn't only a shooting platform, some people kno it for Halo and Gears which r shooting, doesn't mean it's only for shooting games

nick_spot
nick_spot

"Banjo's the avatar for playstation" what?

Kratos_OMEGA
Kratos_OMEGA

"Why is this only for xbox? So lame xbox is a first person shooter platform. " Are you JOKING? Who are you a 13yr old nintendo fanboy? 360 isn't a first person shooter platform, it's got a great diverse catalogue.

noupa
noupa

Why is this only for xbox? So lame xbox is a first person shooter platform. Banjo's the avatar for playstation :( like mario is for nintendo and sonic was for sega.

nick_spot
nick_spot

anyone who's played the original and thinks this version is good has rocks in their head! there's no way in hell this was produced by the original banjo team. i'm not saying this game sucks - on its own merits it's decent, but compared to the original it's a *dramatically* inferior game. for those unfamiliar with the series, play through the original banjo-kazooie and then it'll be quite clear to you as to how they messed up with N&B. i won't be getting N&B but i can't wait to play through the original again. the idea behind click clock wood is indescribable.

Futil1ty
Futil1ty

Anti-Venom: How can you make a multiplayer platforming game? That sounds lame. By the looks of the downloadable demo, the single player is pretty well-balanced with platforming and racing, even if some of the platforming requires vehicles (like a helicopter). Fun stuff. Mike0193: I was unaware that this sequel was coming out until the demo, also. I never played the originals, but I at least knew they existed. Man, I need to get a N64 off eBay or something...all of those Rare games! The demo for "Nuts & Bolts" is probably the longest-lasting demo I have ever had; I've probably played it for a total of 24+ hours!

Anti-Venom
Anti-Venom

wish it was more platforming then racing:(

Mike0193
Mike0193

Never heard of this game but i tried the demo and it was soo fun !

daviniel
daviniel

Just downloaded the demo.. Im sorry.. As a huge fan I am severely disappointed. Download the demo and see for yourself.

Colt_Cp
Colt_Cp

played both the first 1's, massive fan here and can't w8 till it omes out!! every1 get it 4 xmas and lets battle each other!!!!!

why9090909090
why9090909090

ColorblindMonk If that world is real, then i'm buying this game because that is freaking downright funny! XD

ColorblindMonk
ColorblindMonk

I really enjoy this series for it's witty dialogue and references. I hear one of the worlds is LOGbox 720, where you go through obstacles, fixing the world's numerous technical problems.

geo911
geo911

Yeah neildneil you should wait for reviews. I bought it because of the good looking game-play but also the price. Pretty stupid the U.K. doesn't get a deal like this.

rampeger
rampeger

mmmmmmmmmmmm se ve interesante el juego a pesar de ser banjoo kazooie

cjgow20549
cjgow20549

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neildneil
neildneil

just insane fudging stupid no budget price for this in UK, suddenly might not be worth it, but if the original ccame out today id quite happily pay £40 for it so i thinka thata i willa waita fora the reviewa

wavey_gravey
wavey_gravey

Am intrigued by this game, not really played one before, but it looks interesting. Need more information though.

geo911
geo911

I pre-ordered today. If you think about it, it's just like paying 15 dollars for Banjo Kazooie, and 25 dollars for Banjo Kazooie N&B.

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

Anyone Pre-Ordering...i did a few weeks ago....looks like a fun game...

basketcase320
basketcase320

looks rubbish. looking forward to a normal conker game. :)

ColorblindMonk
ColorblindMonk

I just blew my own mind. Stick a couple of wings and propellers on a car and it's a plane, right? Boat + propellers = Final Fantasy-esque airship. It probably won't work very well when I try it out, but hey.

heater1919
heater1919

beat banjo kazooie and banjo tooie..looking forward to this one the most

Daveyx0
Daveyx0

Looking forward to it

InfinityMugen
InfinityMugen

I have come around and decided to get the game. Sure its not like the previous games but it still looks like it has something to offer and besides its only $40 with B-K! Its worth it imho.

Deevvon
Deevvon

8 years have passed and I still haven't beaten Banjo Tooie after those 8 years. If this game is as long as Banjo Tooie...that's 40 bucks along with a free Banjo Kazooie download. I'm sold for this game, that's pocket change if you ask me.

thesamasauris
thesamasauris

27 multiplayer games, a good looking single player, free banjo kazooie download, and only $40? im sold

Joe_11
Joe_11

I am so excited for this game! It is unfortunate that Banjo-Kazooie has been absent for so long!

Paynee
Paynee

I'd also like to add that the video game play looked fantastic, I can't wait to make a big honking "bulldozer" of a vehicle to smack my fellow gamers around. Mwwwwwhhhhhhaaaaaa

s3lFc0nTr0l
s3lFc0nTr0l

Need to preorder and get some N64 arcade goodness too.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

sounds great, and a unique form of multiplayer. I need a new 360.

reo-117
reo-117

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reo-117
reo-117

yeah i cant wait its been a long time since a banjo and kazooie game came out this game is innovatative has mutiplayer and cost 40$ i think its a steal and well worth the wait

allgamer94
allgamer94

Does anyone know if there is going to come a demo??

king_bobo
king_bobo

This game is going to be great!

ctburesch
ctburesch

I already bought the game. This looks better and better as time goes on. The guys at Rare always have new and bright ideas. The $39.99 price tag was really a help too. I am still stuck in the Conker's Bad Fur day days. I loved that game. The extra kicker for this game is the preorder incentive of the original Banjoe Kazooie over Xbox Live. Sweet stuff. I really am excited about this game. It just looks like a return to fun gaming.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

This game is on my to buy list for sure after Christmass! But before all that I have to finish unlocking all the extras in ForceUnleashed, and get my new PSP-3000. 2000:1 Contrast, and 8ms FTW!

Saint_Ducky
Saint_Ducky

I gotta say, the whole creating-your-own-vehicles-and-using-them-in-multiplayer thing sounds pretty sweet! I might look into getting this game :P Fable 2 and far-cry 2 first though!