Banjo-Kazooie Composer Says Old Rare Team Should Reunite, Bring Banjo-Threeie to Wii U

Recently when asked about whether a 3DS port of Banjo-Kazooie might be possible, Rare responded that “anything’s possible, even if it’s not very likely.” Today, former Banjo-Kazooie composer Grant Kirkhope’s saying that the old Rare crowd should get back together, secure the rights to Banjo, and make the Banjo-Threeie game the world has been waiting for… on Wii U.

Unfortunately, it’s a pretty impossible dream, as I seriously doubt Microsoft would let go of an IP to let Nintendo take it back over, even if they believe 3D platformers are a dead genre. But it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

I keep wishing that all the ex-Rare staffers would just get together and form a company, and go to Nintendo and say ‘give us the money. We’ll make you Banjo 3 for the Wii U’ or whatever…Just make Banjo 3 like it should have been made back then and it would be great, and it would be great on Wii U, and all the ex-Rare guys would be together again all happy and kissing each other… I just keep thinking we should just give it a try.

The former Rare was known for producing some of the highest-quality games in the world. I’d love to see them get a chance to reclaim that lost status – even if it’s not under the company name that brought them to fame.

Source: Game Grumps on YouTube via Nintendo Everything

  • Aaron Lefebvre

    Rare was their best when with Nintendo, they should go back. I don’t see how it is “Impossible” though. When their contract ends, they can go.

    • Ibi Salmon

      But the question is, would they want to?

      • Aaron Lefebvre

        Apparently so….

        • Ibi Salmon

          …but maybe not.

          • Aaron Lefebvre

            Logically, it wouldn’t make sense for them to not want to go back, when they were at their best then. Why would they want to stay where they are, doing nothing important… When Nintendo had them on their side, they were making incredible games, but now what? Avatars? Kinect games? Pffft.. Xbox had to get a crap remake of Conkers Bad Fur day, a game that they created when with Nintendo, and a HORRIBLE Banjo-and Kazooie game on thr 360. It wouldn’t make sense for them to not want to go back.

            • Ibi Salmon

              That’s all well and good, but try convincing Rare of that. They’re in denial about the state that they’re in. In the most recent interview with the company, they actually seemed to be happy about where they are.

              Look it up if you don’t believe me.

              • Blake Wigert

                Stockholm syndrom is in affect

                • Ibi Salmon


                  • Blake Wigert

                    Stockholm syndrome is a condition that happens after you are held captive and you develop positive feeling towards your captors. Google the term for more detailed information.

                    • Ibi Salmon

                      I know what it means. I just don’t see how it applies to Rare and Microsoft. If it wasn’t for them, then Rare(as a company) would have been officially gone.

                    • Blake Wigert

                      Relax, it’s a joke, I was implying Microsoft is holding them hostage. Once again, I’m joking.

                    • Ibi Salmon

                      It’s all right.

  • Erimgard

    Oh god all of my YES

  • Awesome

    Are you telling me that Rare could resurrect from the grave that is Microsoft?! Hell fucking yes sir. Just hell yes. You don’t know how happy I’d be.

  • Tensei

    These are opportunities Nintendo should be vigorously exploring through NOE or NOA. If Nintendo wanted to win back the hearts and minds of gamers, imagine how E3 would explode if Nintendo walked on stage with the ex-Rare members saying they were working on something new and exclusive for Nintendo.

    Even Arin and Jon spoke into the microphone and said “Are you listening Nintendo”. Oh well, there is zero chance of Nintendo even atleast exploring this because of their fame-hogging Japanese centric corporate inertia bullshit.

  • Zach

    I honestly think I would cry from joy if this ever happened. That would be the best video game news I could ever hope for.

  • Xtiano Cintrono

    How about Conker’s Bad Fur Day 2 we were promised till Microsoft came and killed it. Resurrect that dream first. I’m all for B&K 3, but I wanna have a new Conker first.

  • Staadsy

    Game Grumps. Maybe making the impossible possible. By letting Grant Kirkhope say what we’ve wanted to hear for sooooo long!!

  • Kiki Fon Ronsenburg

    YES TO ALL OF THIS!!!!!!

  • Ibi Salmon

    This will never happen, folks. Let’s face reality. You have a better chance of Kingdom Hearts 3 finally coming out.

    Besides, even if it did happen, I highly doubt it would be very successful. This would be a huge risk and payoff may not even be worth it in the end.

    I could be wrong, though.

    • Hunter French

      Kingdom Hearts 3 was just announced!

      • Ibi Salmon

        I know. I wrote that comment before they announced it. Truth be told, I’m very excited.

  • Vitamin E

    Yeah, Microsoft is probably the main obstacle to this fantasy of awesome. They wouldn’t sell it or any other Rare IP, even if the rest of this wet dream were to come to fruition. :(

  • Perry Lah

    I think I just cried a little on the inside and out…. I miss Banjo <3 <3

  • Marcel

    april fools?….

    • James Armstrong

      Nope, not April fools. This is a quote from Grant Kirkhope as he guest starred on an episode of GameGrumps.

  • Danny Driskell

    Microsoft believes platformers are dead, so what do they do? Keep the IP hostage like the faggots they are.

  • James Armstrong

    As seen on GameGrumps.

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    • Guest

      Don’t forget Diddy Kong Racing lol

  • Nevan Lowe

    YES! DO IT! I haven’t played the Banjo games, but have heard they’re really good.

  • Tyler Thomas

    i want Rare to do this
    i am a die hard banjo fan and when nuts and bults came out i did not know what to say but fuck ya in till i played it than i went bank to the store that i bought this sorry excuse for a game

  • Daniel Mc’Conville

    Grant Kirkhope is only joking! If he thinks he’s 100% serious or not, then we will see what happens when Banjo Threeie is coming to the Wii U or not.

  • ItzameyaToad

    I wan’t to see this happen, even if they don’t use the Rare company name. They also should(if they do get back together)focus on creating new exciting IP’s that can rival the old one’s and try and get at least Banjo and Kazooie back.

  • Matsuki Ochii

    that would be a dream come true…microsoft ruins everything thy get their grubby hands on…shoulda stuck with word….but no they wanna ruin my chidhood

    • Hunter French

      Hey, when your talking about the guys who made Internet Explorer, always expect something bad. :3

  • Hunter French

    Here’s the plan.

    Step 1: Buy Rare from Microsoft.

    Step 2: Fire anyone who was not part of the original team.

    Step 3: Make Banjo Threeie, Conker 3, and have them work with the people making new DKC.

    • Hunter French

      And maybe have them assist in Star Fox, but after Adventures, although it was a great game, it kind of showed a different company should handle Star Fox.

  • Hunter French

    Imagine the unstoppable cheering and mobbing at E3 if Miyamoto went up there with ex-Rare members, and said the three words you have all wanted to hear. “Rare. Is. Back.”

  • Nejove

    First of all, I think it’s important to differentiate between Rare as it exists today and the staff they had back in the Nintendo 64 days. From what I’ve heard, quite a bit of their top talent left the company in the aftermath of the acquisition by Microsoft, and were they to get together again and form their own company, I still think they could make some really nice games. We’re not talking about modern-day Rare getting out of their deal with Microsoft; we’re talking about ex-Rare employees from the N64 days striking out on their own. If Inafune could leave Capcom, make his own company, and make Mighty No. 9, why not the older Rare staff breaking away from Rare and making at least a spiritual successor if not another Banjo game?

    Whether they’d have the bargaining power and/or money to get Microsoft and current Rare to sell the franchise and whether Nintendo would be as supportive or cooperative with their aspirations as they were in the past are both big “ifs,” though. Like Inafune, they could well lose the rights to their old IP’s.