Grant Kirkhope, the composer for Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the upcoming Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and many others, went on record to make some interesting statements this past week. In an interview, when asked about Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Grant mentioned his disappointment with the direction of the Xbox 360 racing-platformer. Kirkhope also expressed a strong desire to “get the band back together” and make a true Banjo-Kazooie 3.
“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,” Kirkhope said. “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.” Obviously, it’s highly unlikely that Microsoft would relinquish the rights to the Banjo franchise, but there’s nothing stopping me and the boys from making a spiritual sequel”
This is quite an exciting statement to make, especially if you are a fan of the Banjo series. Kirkhope suggested that the old team would present the idea to Nintendo sometime soon. Rare was given a chance to flourish during its partnership with Nintendo, and since its buy out by Microsoft, industry people have noted that the studio’s output is not nearly what it was in Nintendo’s days. The question is, will Grant Kirkhope be able to recapture that same magic from the old days and create something truly reminiscent of the Banjo series? Stay tuned to GamersXtreme to find out the future of this prospective project.