Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was a fine game, but it was far from delivering the charm, gameplay and humour of the amazing N64 games. Now’s your chance to help bring back some nostalgic joy.
Banjo fans may be aware that Rare used to be best buddies with Nintendo, and was one of their most valuable second-party developers. The company was bought by Microsoft in 2002, and many of the original staff had left the company. This is thought to be a factor in why Nuts & Bolts just wasn’t the same.
The former staff at Rare have now assembled into a new team on Twitter called “Mingy Jongo”, consisting of composer Grant Kirkhope and artist Steven Hurst, among others. They are hoping to create a new game that is not a sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, but a spiritual successor.
“So, what is this twitter thing all about? Right. Firstly, it is to test the waters really, about whether anyone would even think making a game that shares that same kind of humour, silly characters, fun game play, great tunes and all that stuff that we enjoy making”.
Additional tweets add that “It wouldn’t be to try and recreate Banjo. It would be something new”, it will likely be a “3D platformer”, and that the team is considering starting a Kickstarter fund.
Although I yearn desperately for another classic Banjo game, this sounds like a fantastic idea. I’ve dearly missed that old Rare-style game and I will support the crap out of this without hesitation. Any Rare fans or platformer enthusiasts in general should do the same, and you can do that by following Mingy Jongo here.
They have gathered over 11,000 followers so far, which is certainly a good start but we’ll need many more.
Capcom have also asked for support today for a Resident Evil 2 remake. I swear I better not be in a dream right now where developers are bringing back my favourite childhood games. We’ll let you know if a Streets of Rage remake is announced somewhere.