As a once-huge Rare fan — heck, I even once tracked down "X The Ball" at a local arcade — I, like presumably many others, have found my Rarethusiasm cooled in recent years, for a variety of reasons. That said, I was excited, notably nervously excited, to hear that Rare just announced a new Banjo-Kazooie game for the Xbox 360. I'm not ashamed to say this: I loved Banjo Kazooie.

It should be noted, though, that incorrectly spelling the name of the game on Xbox Live Marketplace is not a super-confidence-boosting start.

Banjo Kazui!?

Heh heh. I know, it's not their fault. I tried to think of a hilarious joke here. Maybe, like, "I guess $375 million doesn't buy you a spell checker", but, well, "kazooie" wouldn't be in a spell checker. Terrible. Then I thought of this great one: "Maybe they should have STOPPED 'n' SWAPPED those letters", but only the saddest Rare fringe would get that one. So, I'll just say this: make me proud, Rare. Make this one really good.

And yes, you're right: it's a blog post about a spelling error. It's all downhill from here, people. I promise I'll post some bad music next! And it won't even be about video games!


I watched the trailer for BK3 recently and new Banjo looked so different. I personally prefer old one.



I used to be a huge Rare fan too but their recent titles failed to impress. Perfect Dark Zero was unbelievably bad and I couldn't play Kameo without falling asleep.
Anonymous Adam Betts 9/28/2006 4:09 PM  
Hehe that's pretty funny actually.

I'm only sad because Banjo Kazooie will never be on any other console now. I really wish to see Banjo back on Nintendo...
Anonymous Berke 9/28/2006 4:12 PM  
Awww! The New banjo looks bad! Looks more like a dog rather than a bear.
Anonymous Berke 9/28/2006 4:14 PM  
What the hell? Banjo looks retarted. But I have to say, the graphics are beautiful. Ah, and those sounds... they remind me of the good ole days. I just wish Banjo and Kazooie would come back to Nintendo. :(
Anonymous qwertyuiop 9/28/2006 4:58 PM  
Banjo? Looks pretty cool, but you know me, I'm a Nintendo dood :D

And Cabel, we need a ipod shuffle and ipod nano reviews! I wanna buy one since I lost my iPod Video, but... I don't know, I bought all those videos and I don't see a point in getting a nano. :D
But I still think your reviews are cool. :D
Blogger Aerodyna 9/28/2006 5:08 PM  
Since this is stuff from TGS, Kazui might be the proper spelling for that (Japanese) localization.
Anonymous Anonymous 9/28/2006 5:49 PM  
For sure. Not to turn this into a "Cabel do more reviews" thread, but I do have to say that his DS Lite review pretty much is what made me get one.
Anonymous Anonymous 9/28/2006 5:59 PM  
I happened to download this when I was logged into the japanese account I setup to get any special japan only demos/videos (which you should do, ) and noticed the "Kazui" spelling present. When I switched to my american account, it was labled properly as "Kazooie". So I do believe anonymous #1 is probably correct.

And for the record, I also think the new character design is rather poor. Hi-res and high poly, yes, but looks kind of generic to me. This blocky style works pretty well for Viva Pinata, but doesnt fair so well on poor Banjo.
Anonymous patrick 9/28/2006 7:26 PM  
Yep, agree with Anonymous - Kazui is the romaji version of Kazooie. Romaji are words using Japanese character sounds written with English letters. In this case: ka-zu-i are the three Japanese characters that make up the English (!) word Kazooie.
Anonymous Jay 9/28/2006 9:46 PM  
In regards to the "Ka-zu-ii Grassy Japanese Knoll Theory", which is admittedly a great and fair theory, there are two remaining problems:

1. This game was not announced at Tokyo Game Show, but rather the X06 conference in Barcelona. TGS was last week. This was not a Japanese announcement.

2. I downloaded this video off the US Xbox Live Marketplace. And while it was properly spelled "Kazooie" in the download catalog, it showed up as "Kazui" after the download was complete. (Is that even possible?)

I still say: total spelling error. But, hey, that's because it's funnier. ;)
Blogger Cabel 9/28/2006 10:12 PM  
You should post a CHAT LOG next! Wakka wakka wakka!

Despite all of Rare's recent stumbles, I am unbelievably excited to play the new Banjo game.

Blogger Alex 9/29/2006 4:56 PM  
I just realized that should read unBEARably excited. I will be here ALL WEEK, you guys.
Blogger Alex 9/29/2006 4:59 PM  
I get the Stop 'N' Swap joke ... sigh.
Blogger Adam 9/30/2006 12:57 PM  
Absolutely, invariably excited about this game. I was sold on the Wii from the start, wasn't planning on buying a PS3 until something really awesome (GTA4) came out, and had initially decided on flat-out skipping the whole 360 thing. If they make this game as good as it has the potential to be, I think I'll have to grab a 360 just for it.
Anonymous Celedux 10/01/2006 5:06 PM  
I installed a Windows XP SP2 upgrade on a client's computer the other day, and while reading the side of the upgrade box I discovered a typo - 'ntework' instead of 'network'. That should *definitely* have been in their spellchecker. Unbelievable.
Anonymous phobic 10/09/2006 10:17 AM  
The Clock Town level in BanjoKazooie is still one of my favorite game levels of all time. Given the limitations of the game system, the quality of gameplay and graphics in that one level was up there with anything I have played before or since.
Anonymous Woof 10/10/2006 8:51 PM  
Sadly I also got the STOP n' SWAP joke. -_-

Anyway...Frankly I am extreamly disapointed with the new art style. Way to **** up one of my fav game franchises Rare.
Anonymous Willeisen 10/17/2006 12:44 AM  

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