Rare: Banjo not a racing game

After leaked screenshots appear on the Internet ahead of the official unveiling, a Rare rep is quick to point out that all has not yet been revealed.

Microsoft's Rare dinghy sprang a few leaks over the weekend, as the Internet was awash with screenshots from the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie. The screens show several different vehicles, including a jeep, a plane, and what looks like a flying cauldron.

Tomorrow? But we're hyperactive now!

However, a Rare representative was quick to stress that the latest Banjo won't be a racing game. He told GameSpot, "Please don't jump to any conclusions because you haven't seen the half of it yet. You're better off waiting for tomorrow when we will talk about it in much more detail. You can't really tell the gameplay mechanics from a screenshot, and it's the gameplay mechanics which are going to blow people away tomorrow." Tomorrow, Microsoft will hold a Gamers' Day event in San Francisco.

The first Banjo-Kazooie was released in 1998 on the Nintendo 64, and featured a bear called Banjo and a bird named Kazooie on an action adventure to rescue Banjo's sister Tooty. A sequel followed in 2000, also for the Nintendo 64, called Banjo-Tooie, where the sisters of witch Gruntilda Winkybunion are planning to get her a new body. This was followed by Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, and Banjo-Pilot. The next-gen iteration of the franchise was announced back in 2006 at Microsoft's X06 press conference.

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thunderbone
thunderbone

It's funny to read an article from some years back, and to see what the outcome was, after. "Not a racing game." N&B is just that. Normally, I don't post comments to old articles, but just because I dpwnloaded the N64 games for my 360, and recently bought a Wii, this caught my attention.

 

No further comments from me.

grant4500neo
grant4500neo

Why can't they keep it for Nintendo. Keep it for all those classic players. If us Nintendo fans get lucky, they will multi-platform it.

Alabama_Dark_Ma
Alabama_Dark_Ma

Hope the lack of input from the Stamper bros. doesn't mean a second rate game here. I have been looking forward to playing Banjo Threeie for soooo long. A racer (or platform / racer hybrid) isn't what I had in mind. Also I hope that the humour from the first two has been retained. Come on Rare - let's not have another Viva Pinata that was rubbish. Oh yeah and where's Killer instinct for the 360 ? UUULLLTTRRRAAACCCOOOMMMMBBBBOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

You just know the Rare is going to **** this up! Banjo-Kazooie Nut's & Bolts is going to Bomb.

robcox1980
robcox1980

Many overly optimistic people are taking the sit back and watch approach hoping that it's not what it looks like, a vehicle design game with a small emphasis on the actual character, Banjo-Kazooie. However it is confirmed from the official RAREWARE.com site that the game will DROP the original "core gameplay mechanics" of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie and focus MAINLY on vehicle design as the CORE gameplay mechanics. Yes, sure, it will be fun, I have no doubt. BUT BUT BUT. We're not getting what original fans wanted, a true Banjo-Threeie. That's it, no debate required.

DukeNukeForever
DukeNukeForever

And lets not forget (or try at least not to forget) Zelda and Metroid on the Wii................................ and how.......................BRILLIANT...THEY WERE!!! AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!

DukeNukeForever
DukeNukeForever

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DukeNukeForever
DukeNukeForever

Killerfalcon13 got very upset because I attacked his beloved crappy console YOU ARE THE FANBOY!! I haven't defended any consoles at all - I have made criticisms on what I think is truly the weakest console of the bunch WHICH IS THE NINTENDO WII. ACCEPT IT A** WIPE!! YOUR CONSOLE IS S***!! ONLY OLD PEOPLE AND STUPID KIDS LIKE YOURSELF PLAY IT!! THE ONLY REASON YOUR CONSOLE HAD SOLD WELL IS BECAUSE RETARDED OLD MR. JONES BOUGHT ONE AND SAID "OOHHH!! I CAN BOWL AND PLAY SPORTS AT HOME BECAUSE I'M AN OLD LAZY FARMER"

DukeNukeForever
DukeNukeForever

Mario Kart Wii & Super Smash Bros. Brawl are definitely not as pleasing or selling as well as Nintendo had hoped - and the Wii sales are NOT picking up - it is obvious that biased Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo fans from the golden days, especially Killerfalcon13, cannot accept that their console is starting to fall miserably short of the mark. Name one franchise left that will help the Wii in its lifetime? None - they've used the whole batch, Mario, Smash Bros, Battalion Wars, Pokemon - The Wii has used all of its big guns to LITTLE effect (and now they pray that sega will save them with Samba De Amigo and ubisoft with another terrible Red Steel Sequel) face it, the Wii will only decline from here on in. See the sense past your incredibly biased Nintendo-filled eyes.

robcox1980
robcox1980

DEAR Banjo Fans. Let's move this over to www.RAREWARE.com Let's see if we can't wake a couple CEO's up over there. Remember when PS3 was going to have the crazy looking boomerang controller? Enough people complained and that problem got solved. Cross your fingers, go to www.RAREWARE.com and start speaking your minds. Let's get back our Banjo series! One of, if not, the best platformer series.

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

robcox1980: The article specifically said that Banjo IS NOT A RACING GAME.

robcox1980
robcox1980

HUGELY DISAPPOINTED. The ONLY transportation Banjo needs is Kazooie's ultra fit wings. NOW we're stuck with some 2nd rate racer that would have ZERO chance of success if it were'nt riding on the back of the Banjo-Kazooie name. STRAIGHT CRAP! This absolutely sucks. So everyone, remember the first teaser trailer? RARE made us think it was Banjo 3 for the past 2 years. Now we are slapped square in the face with what they should just call Banjo-Pilot 2. This sucks. Absolutely sucks. HEY RARE, you ever hear of Mario Galaxy? Yeah, that is called nexgen platforming. That's what the new Banjo game should be. I'm not usually one to count chickens before they hatch, but this game is going to pale in to comparison to anything RARE could have done if they stuck to a true platformer. STUPID. Absolutely horribly stupid. What happened? Why did it take this long to make a friggin racer? For one, I am extremely upset. RARE, GIVE US BANJO-THREEIE! RARE, look at the numbers: Banjo-Kazooie Gamespot Score - 9.5 Banjo-Tooie Gamespot Score - 9.6 Banjo-Pilot (a not well known Banjo game) Gamespot Score - 7.2 Ok, are you ready RARE? Here's my prediction of the future. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (RARE should just call it Banjo-Pilot 2) Gamespot Score? - 7.5 Now here's what a majority of gamers wanted. Banjo-Threeie Gamespot Score - 9.5 This is how you can tell the brothers who formed RARE left the company. Obviously they wanted nothing to do with the way things are going. Sucks they couldn't have taken Banjo with them.

bynen
bynen

I miss the good Donkey Kong games. Like the 64 one was friggin awesome and so were the snes ones were too.

Stonetowerghost
Stonetowerghost

agreed. Rare has had troubles since their 2002 blunder

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

As long as it's a quality title, I'll buy it. But Rare certainly isn't the development house it used to be.

mcbride69
mcbride69

also iv seen screens of viva pinata 2: trouble in paradise and i want that, come on rare

mcbride69
mcbride69

thought this got cancelled??? ah well glad its still coming=)

juggleballz
juggleballz

I would sh!t myself in excitement if RARE returned to nintendo. To have the 2 companies reunite would be awesome. Rare ruled Ninetndo consoles back in the day, and it was a shame that they went to Microsoft and to be honest lost a little of their shine IMO. But nevertheless, I still back RARE and hope they recalim their role as one of the best game developers. They aren;t quite their just yet but they are getting there. I can't wait for Banjo kazooie 3. T'will be good.

eagidni
eagidni

bruno_fmenedes: i agree, though i'm not sure if i'm agreeing as an xbox-less banjo-kazooie enthusiast or as a video game market speculator. probably the former. but, hey... i wish rare all the best in any case, and perhaps i can play it for five minutes someplace on a display model 360 at some point... :-P

bruno_fmenedes
bruno_fmenedes

This game would sell well on the Wii, but on the Xbox360 I have doubts about it selling as much, even if it gets great ratings from critics. I could be wrong about this but Kameo, another Rare game, didn't sell very well did it? Only those who owned a N64 know how awesome was to play Banjo when it was released.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

ok;sounds good;i did not play this game'past before;what is look like?but i know that THE GREAT MS AND RARE will make it so so so great;

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

those animals look like they've been smoking something

McDog3
McDog3

I would totally buy a 360 for this game lol. I wouldn't buy one last year for Halo 3 but I would buy one now for BK3, that's kind of sad, but true all the same lol.

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

This shows just how out of touch gamers are with the Banjo franchise. Why would anyone think for a second this was a racer lol. This just in... Nintendo: Mario Kart Wii is not a platformer.

Wezker619
Wezker619

Banjo and Kazooie. Now plz and bring also a new Conker than will destroy all games. KI3 as well. you know what else how about another Jet Force Gemini.

MiltoxBeyond
MiltoxBeyond

Banjo Kazooie FPS! It becomes ultra-violent shooter like Red Faction only with toony parts flying and realistic imaginary lifelike toon blood spraying all over the cartoonish walls! lol ... really no matter what they do to it it really won't be that extreme, don't fear change. Just hope whatever they do will be something you like.

Shishio817
Shishio817

This should rule...that is, if it's ever going to come out.

mattg90520
mattg90520

i really cannot wait for this. i replayed through the first game (although i accidentally deleted the save grr) and once some more info is released, like a date, i will likely play through the second because i never fully beat it, although i LOVE these games

scionwolf321
scionwolf321

right now...I am just hoping that this game is still on the working stages..I have been waiting for a long time for the next banjo and kazooie game to come out. I mean come on the last game was a cliff hanger

dcmdream
dcmdream

I really hope this game turns out good. But, I'm a little concerned that Rare might have changed things too much. I read an article awhile back stating that Rare said that it's not going to be a typical platformer, it's going to be different. I hope that they don't mess with it too much. I would love a great platformer game again on my 360. Anyway, the screens do look good. Lets keep our fingers crossed.

HolteEnder4Life
HolteEnder4Life

i wish we had galaxy for 360, banjo will be good though, still play the first one on my N64

Killerfalcon13
Killerfalcon13

@DukeNukeForever Put out the Crack. Where is it catching up? Because it isn't in Europe, NA., Japan, or Australia. I don't know where you get you're figures from, it must be Bullcrap.com, because PS3/360 are not catching up = REAL FACT. You say "Pfft" to Galaxy and Smash, but those are both owning in terms of sales and ratings. I own all 3 consoles, but if you can;t see that then you're the idiotic fanboy. You can now go back to smoking you're crack.

Stonetowerghost
Stonetowerghost

we all want banjo kazooie. We've wanted it for 8 years. Where the heck have you been, man?

Soul_Vanish
Soul_Vanish

Where the HELL is Killer Instinict and Perfect Dark 3?!?! Microsoft is pushing Rare to hard to come up with SiSSY ASS games that are family based!!!!!! and thats BullCRAP!!! Give the people what they want! not what YOU want!

True_Blu3
True_Blu3

I-CAN'T-WAIT. I loved the ones for the N64 and I hope that Rare doesn't disappoint my inner love for them. They did it once...*cough* PDZ *cough*

Aurey
Aurey

Banjo, Kazooie, and all the others were quite fun as characters, and even though I liked the game a lot I never liked how the game forced me to search 100 notes, I-don't-remember-how-many Jinjos and honeycombs. When I played the first Banjo-Kazooie I couldn't avoid making comparisons with Super Mario 64, so I wonder if this Banjo's sequel could be compared to Mario Galaxy. It would be great to have a 3D platformer like that for the 360, wouldn't it?

09231991
09231991

Man, I loved the old Banjo Kazooie games. I hope they do make a third one. And for Conker, OMFG, one of the funniest and greatest games ever!!! Hoping for a third one from conker as well.

King_Chozo
King_Chozo

This is awesome news! I haven't really heard much from rare since it ruined perfect dark with perfect dark zero.

Homerj
Homerj

Screens of VP2 got leaked at the same time....looks very much like it will have coop play....big news coming from Rare all around (now if they would just confirm Goldeneye going to XBLA)

Pete5506
Pete5506

I want this game now, just show something

GuitarsOfWarr
GuitarsOfWarr

omg omg omg omg omg omg omg so effin pumped!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

rare made the classics. donkey kong, conker, banjo, and a shooter revolution with 007. They can pull off a good sequel. they have my faith and thumbs crossed

santaman64
santaman64

First, I hope the game is 10 times better than the trailer, graphics were great, but the funny factor was Meh. @DukeNukeForever Hey, - why you being suck a jerk, I like both my wii, and 360. Yes, a lot of games nintendo does are not the greatest, but that is the same with Sony, and Microsoft. I like Devil may cry 4 on Xbxo 360 and Mario Kart wii, on the wii. And if you would stop downing nintendo system, you could see that, Microsoft and Sony have a lot of Great games, but not many that you can play, next to your friend with. Unless you like Shooters or Sports, you are stuck with Few fighting games and Xbox live downloads. My girlfriend brought a pink controller for the X360, and only really uses it for DOA 4, but her and her two sister love split screen Mario Kart. So quit hating so much, seeing your comments make me sad that I call myself a gamer like you. Xbox360

okassar
okassar

Don't worry guys,this is like one of Rare's only chance it further success.They're going to make this good and we'll finally have an old-timer on the 360(not that that's important,360's modern hits are the best,but a classic like Banjo,that's nice).I remember playing Banjo on the N64 when I was a kid and this is going to bring back the memories.I'm definitely buying the game.And no,if you are saying Banjo on 360 would ruin,u are officially a MS hater because this is going to have better graphics and better gameplay,you're just jealous cuz it's not on Nintendo lol.I really don't care even if they put it on all systems(they wouldn't do that though),I just wanna play some Banjo.

Stonetowerghost
Stonetowerghost

@DukeNukemForever - I see no signs of either catching up. Neither are consistently doing well; they simply get a shortlived boost when a big release (like GTA) comes and ppl actually feel compelled to buy the other consoles. And Nintendo's downfall is very far off. What statistics are you looking at? Seeing as Nintendo is planning a huge holiday, I'd say that you just dreamt that up. And the three games that you mentioned are great, and I doubt you've so much as touched em. Hey, there are a lot of losers in this world and that's okay - but there's nothing worse than a sore loser, bud.

lazyhoboguy
lazyhoboguy

man too bad i have a ps3, id really love to play this game