Banjo-Kazooie composer thinks if a sequel were ever to be made, a company outside of RARE would have to handle it

Banjo-Kazooie is a huge part of any N64 fan's experience with the system. Such a fantastic pair of games that really showed what the N64 could do. All these years later, fans are still waiting for a true third entry in the franchise. Would that ever be something RARE would tackle? Here's what Banjo-Kazooie creator Grant Kirkhope had to say.

“That’s my same point. You know, I don’t feel like… the only way I think Banjo-Kazooie would get remade is if another studio took it on. Rare haven’t got an appetite. They don’t want to do it, I don’t think. I don’t know, but I’ve got friends over there and we don’t talk about it. It’s just such a gut feeling in that Rare wouldn’t do another Banjo-Kazooie game. Convince somebody else to do it.

Like, Killer Instinct was done by that other studio, I forgot what they’re called. I kinda feel like if Banjo was to happen again they’d fire it off to somebody else. And whether they’d get the humour of it, and make a good game out of it, I don’t know. You know, I’d probably say no. But then, I just worked on a Mario Rabbids with a studio in Milan that got all the Mario-ness, they got it, picked all of it up, put in a game and its Nintendo quality. So, it’s completely possible.

I guess it would take a studio to approach Rare and say: “Give us a Banjo IP, we wanna make a game.” You gotta think there’s money in it – there’s gotta be money in it for somebody. If they can make money out of it, then I guess they can have a go out of it. But my guess is Rare haven’t got the appetite for a Banjo-K game. They might, but it doesn’t [look] like that to me.”

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Microsoft is just waiting for Nintendo to take their bait & put Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Then they would make a sequel & attempt to take Nintendo fans in droves.

Fri Sep 21 18 06:28pm
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The best response to the console wars is to own multiple consoles. From this generation, I have an Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. I fully intend on getting a PS4. Switch is my favorite console this gen due to its local mp capabilities. Nintendo would need Microsoft's permission as well as Rare's to add them to Smash. If MS and Rare are going to sit on the IP, they should let Nintendo use it so the fans can enjoy it.

True story! I have all three (plus loads of older/retro consoles) and I am having the best of all worlds....Sadly, though, the XO is gathering a lot of dust lately! I'll be Cupheading again soon Smile

So fans can enjoy it? 😂

& Microsoft would then say "Give us Mario Odyssey, and Breath of The Wild, and make us a new Metroid FPS."

Would you say that an Xbox would be more worth it than a ps4?

For me, as a Remedy fan Killer Instinct fan it is.

Oh man, I forgot all about KI. That game looked like a must buy.

Fri Sep 21 18 06:32pm
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Retro Studios please save us! Playtonic failed.

I'm not a particularly big fan of Banjo Kazooie, but I think it would be pretty neat if Nintendo was able to buy the rights to the franchise. I'm sure they'd find a way to continue the series, and also maybe put the originals on a hypothetical N64 classic.

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Honestly I used to love RARE and what they stood for but now they are as bad as 3Drealms both of which are bordering upon being crowned a bunch of has-been's.

RARE needs Nintendo just as much as Nintendo needs RARE.

Right now RARE are squandering their talents under Microsoft and Nintendo is ignoring that part of their past.

Get it together!

Yup. Rare is just a name now. The studio that exists today is not at all the same company. Microsoft is best off having other studios work on that IP if they wish to, as they have with Killer Instinct and Battletoads.

Sat Sep 22 18 12:15am
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Microsoft should just sell the IP to Nintendo and hope for the best really. Because Nintendo is the only one that does platform games right.

Or have talented studios develop games with the Rare IP for MS. It'd probably do them well to diversify their first party lineup a bit

Its a pity Microsoft didn’t let Playtonic have the license to make a true Banjo sequel.

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