Banjo Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie successor gets new character that is a snake, wearing trousers

Yooka-Laylee, the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, has received another development update revealing its newest character.

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  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms.

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow.

  • Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor Project Ukulele heading to Kickstarter

    Playtonic Games, which is made up of ex-Rare employees, has announced a Kickstarter for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series.

  • Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor coming from Rare veterans

    Banjo Kazooie may be languishing unloved in Microsoft’s library of licenses, but that doesn’t means fans don’t have something to look forward to.

  • RARE composer says 2015 is going to be "huge year" for the studio

    This is going to a be big year for RARE, according to a tweet from the firm’s composer, Robin Beanland.

  • Watch this charming live-instrument cover of the Banjo Kazooie intro

    There is no shortage of nostalgia-inducing covers for our favourite games of yore. This cover of the intro of the original Banjo Kazooie however is as heartfelt as it is charming.

  • Get Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie in an bundle on XBLA

    Microsoft has released a bundle featuring Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie via Xbox Live Arcade for 360.

  • Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Mingy Jongo canceled, says composer

    The Mingy Jongo project, purportedly a spiritual successor to N64’s Banjo-Kazooie, is not going to happen according to series composer Grant Kirkhope in an AMA on Reddit. Per Kirkhope, a meeting in a pub with ex-Rare staffers showed promise, with a character even being drawn up along with a demo level. Unfortunately, it “all fell […]

  • Rare composer releases soundtracks on 'pay what you like' basis

    Rare composer Grant Kirkhope has released all of his soundtracks – for games spanning Banjo Kazooie and Perfect Dark – on a ‘pay what you like’ basis.

  • Ex-Rare employees want to develop a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie

    Ex-Rare employees have banded together to work on the spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie. It seems the series’ composer Grant Kirkhope and artist Steven Hurst are on board for the project as well, and the Unity engine is being considered for development. In order to get the title made, though, you’ll need to show the […]

  • Rare releases teaser video for Banjo's Stop 'N Swoop feature

    Rare has released a new video on Xbox Live showing off the Stop ‘N Swoop feature in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. Depending on which of the two games you choose, Stop ‘N Swoop will unlock content providing you reach a goal in the other game. Banjo-Tooie’s in the way to Arcade, so this gives a look […]

  • Rare patches original Banjo

    Rare’s patched the original Banjo-Kazooie, the firm’s detailed in this blog post, fixing a couple of fairly non-life-threatening issues. From the post: The update addresses issues experienced by people playing in the 1080i and 1080p. Players will be able to enjoy the game in uncompromised 1080 loveliness. It also addresses the Bottles Secret Puzzle glitch […]

  • Original Banjo this Wednesday

    Nelson’s confirmed that the original Banjo-Kazooie will release this Wednesday on XBLA. It’s yours for 1200 MS Points. Apparently it’s not quite the classic you remember it to be, but hopefully there’ll be plenty of you that take the risk.

  • Banjo Kazooie XBLA images released

    On Gamespot. The shots show a nice graphical upgrade for the ancient platformer. We’ll be playing this, as we’re sentimental old souls. You can get the game free with a pre-order for Nuts & Bolts, or you can wait a bit and buy it from Arcade later on. Details here.

  • Rare outlines Banjo XBLA pre-order details

    Rare popped us a mail this afternoon to clarify how you’re going to be able to get the original Banjo-Kazooie through XBLA for free by ordering Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. From Rare’s site: This time we’ve rounded up all the details to date on the Nuts & Bolts pre-order scheme with the Banjo-Kazooie XBLA […]

  • Banjo XBLA movie posted

    After the break. Looks very much like the Xbox Live Arcade version of Banjo Kazooie to us, Achievements and all. Really brought it back watching the first bit, to be honest. See for yourself.

  • Original Banjo for XBLA, says Kim

    Speaking in the ongoing Microsoft E3 press conference, Shane Kim just confirmed that the original Banjo-Kazooie is to be released on XBLA. The exec didn’t give a release date, unfortunately. More soon.