Original Banjo-Kazooie Team Are Ready to Make “Spiritual Successor”

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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Gettin’ Jiggy with it!

A team of former Rare employees just updated their Twitter account, Mingy Jongo, with this statement:

“Let’s make the spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie! Core members of the original team are ready to go. All we need is your support.”

With Grant Kirkhope, the composer of the music for the original Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, on-board, and a promise of a game that “shares that same kind of humour, silly characters, fun game play, great tunes and all that stuff,” this might just be the game we all have been waiting for since Rare was bought by Microsoft in 2002.

Right now, the team is just testing the water to see if anyone would like to see a game made by them, so make sure to head over to their twitter and show them the love and support they deserve.


The team also posted the following video on their twitter account, showcasing a game framework with Banjo-Kazooie assets in the Unity game engine.

They also stated that Unity would be the perfect engine for their spiritual successor. Perhaps this means we’ll be seeing this game on a Nintendo console considering the company’s recent involvement with Unity?


  • Still pinching myself in case this is a dream!


  • This news made me the happiest person alive. But then Grant Kirkhope replied to me and I became one with the galaxy. 
    So looking forward to this. BK was my childhood. 

  • I’ve never played any of the original Banjo Kazooie games.  But, if this comes to the Wii U, I’ll certainly give it a try.

  • Tyler Wise

    This needs a Kickstarter ASAP.

  • This needs to happen! I just hope its very similar to what Banjo was. Ah what fond memories of playing banjo kazooie.

  • RichieBerry

    Please, please, please do it, Mr. FormerRareEmployee. If this game actually gets made, I would probably burst with snacky happiness. That video is delightful. So much nostalgia.

    (As a side note, it might be a sign that I pay way too much attention to Rare, that my first thought was, “Grant Kirkhope? Doesn’t he work for Big Huge Games now?” Wikipedia tells me that Big Huge Games was bought by 38 Studios, which then collapsed, so he’s out of a job as of four months ago. Poor guy.)

  • I never played Banjo-Tooie …… *shock*

    •  Gosh, neither have I now that you mention it! Need to see if I can get my hands on a copy to satisfy my hunger for cellectathons.

  • ybeast10

    At first I didn’t pay much notice to this news, but the more that I see and hear about it, the more I think that this actually might happen! Tooie is easily one of my favorite games of all time, and the first one is pretty good too. It shocks me that more people don’t think of Tooie as possibly the best N64 game like I do. If they are going to make another game though, they better either go back to the original character art designs, or make new ones. I have always hated those art designs from Nuts and Bolts. They just look awful to me.

  • Jarett Seiden

    Get this **** on kickstarter!