Spiritual Successor to ‘Banjo-Kazooie’ Incoming?

By | 2 years ago 

One of the most impressive games studios for the house of Mario back in the ’90s was none other than Rare. The studio created beloved titles such as Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark and GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64, but the entirety of the developer was sold off to Microsoft in 2002. Regardless of whether or not fans believe that purchase was for the best, one beloved franchise that they’ve been waiting to see return to form is Banjo-Kazooie.

The fan-favorite series was last seen on the Xbox 360 in the form of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts – which took the platformer into a very different direction than many gamers may have hoped for. Fast-forward to present day and it sounds as if a handful of former Rare staffers are getting the band back together for a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series.

Gathering under the banner of Mingy Jongo, the team originally started testing the waters for a new game back in 2012. After the account went dark in December of that year, however, it was eventually confirmed that the entire project had been scrapped. Now, two years later, the Mingy Jongo Twitter account has begun tweeting cryptic messages.

These tweets were spaced days apart, total three and say “Ctrl,” “ALT,” and “Delete,” respectively. As many fans know, these are the steps to reboot a computer, which Banjo composer Grant Kirkhope then confirmed on his Twitter.

It sounds as if the project is once again being picked up by the likes of Grant Kirkhope, and possibly even original Rare artist Steven Hurst, which could mean big things for the spiritual successor to the iconic bird and bear franchise. That said, Mingy Jongo’s planned platformer is likely still a ways off from making its debut – if it does at all – but the potential of once again seeing a cutesy, Banjo-Kazooie-esque title from some of the major developers responsible for the original series is worth keeping an eye on.

There are currently no details on the proposed game, but it sounds as if the studio could have something to show in the very near future. With that in mind, stay tuned to Game Rant for more details on what could very well be the spiritual followup to the critically and cult adored Banjo-Kazooie.

Would you like to see a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie or would you prefer an official entry in the series from Rare? Get at us in the comments below.


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Source: Grant Kirkhope (via Reddit)