Rares cult classic Banjo Kazooie heads to the Nintendo Switch this October

Announced today at the Nintendo Direct and confirmed by rare the loveable bear and bird will be part of Nintendo Switch Online’s service in October. Currently, we are not clear whether this is the straight N64 port or if it’s the updated rare replay version that was modernized for the Xbox in 2015.

There is currently no word on the sequel game Banjo Tooie but this does show a willingness for Microsoft and Nintendo to play nice for game preservation and fans enjoyment with nostalgic re-releases like these

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  1. Get Nintendo fans hooked on the franchise again and then make the Remake exclusive to Xbox to tempt them to jump over.

  2. Avatar for BRiT BRiT says:

    I dont think it is because of what was said in the other thread:

  3. How, when the best developer for Banjo would be Nintendo themselves :smirk:

    so ideal reality would be a whole new Banjo being developed by Nintendo, but published by Xbox, day 1 on both switch and Xbox/PC.

  4. Again, current day Rare is NOT the Rareware of N64 days. Much of the OG staff left soon after acquisition. Playtonic was founded by one such crew of people. Current Rare doesn’t wanna do anything with their old IP, they will just at max oversee certain things, and greenlight other studios wanting to make a game from the old Rare library.

    And although Playtonic do understand Banjo the best cuz they made it originally, their games don’t seem to inspire confidence to me. Current day Rare might not be a platformer games developer, but Nintendo surely is, and they make some of the best in the biz, they understand Banjo to a good degree. I don’t personally want Xbox to just hand over lot of their exclusives to Nintendo, but I’m talking a case where Nintendo themselves would be the ones actually making the game, an unprecedented thing in the industry, which is why it’ll likely never happen, but all the more amazing if it could. A Nintendo made Banjo, that’s day 1 on both Switch and Xbox gamepass. That’ll not just move mad amount of switch sales and game sales, but also MS would rake in insane amounts of money from the publishing.

    Outside obvious pipe dreams, I think Playful or Gears for Breakfast are the best candidates personally, even if Playtonic is the one with actual ex-Rare staff.

  5. How about Nintendo putting some games over here for a quick buck for a change. Xbox aint a charity and Rare Replay not even on PC to begin with too.

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