Banjo-Kazooie Reimagined as a Turn-Based RPG is Truly Wonderful

Banjo-Kazooie might mainly be associated with the platforming genre, but this new look at what the duo could look like in an RPG presents a whole new world of possibilities.

It’s been over ten years since we have received a new game in the Banjo-Kazooie series and longtime fans are arguably antsier than ever before to see the beloved bear and bird return in their own new title. While many of these fans are surely hoping that Banjo and Kazooie will return in a proper platforming installment, a new fan project might change the minds of many when it comes to what genre the pair should dive into next.

Recently shared on Twitter by artist Jon Davies, we were given a look at what Banjo-Kazooie would look like if it was transformed into a pixel art, turn-based RPG. Davies said that this animation was based on the Mario RPGs of yesteryear, with the most notable comparison likely being that of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

This nearly 30-second animation from Davies shows off how he imagines combat would work in a Banjo-Kazooie RPG, in addition to how special moves would seemingly work. The UI is also reminiscent of what we’ve seen in previous games in the series, too, with a new bar showing the number of eggs that you have at your disposal appearing, too. Lastly, the animation is also backed by the Treasure Trove Cove remix track which was created specifically for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Davies says that this animation is based on an initial piece of art that was put together back in 2017, which also gained a fair amount of notoriety at the time. The original idea, which is said to come from one August Bigelow, is honestly a fantastic one and makes me wish that Rare and Microsoft were doing more with the IP at this current time.

While Banjo and Kazooie haven’t gone on a new adventure of their own in quite a long time, perhaps pieces like this one from Davies will inspire an encourage Microsoft to once again greenlight a new game in the franchise. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be an RPG like we’ve seen created here, anything new involving Banjo and Kazooie whatsoever would truly be wonderful. I mean, if anything, the duo’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last year certainly proved that there still is quite a lot of excitement around both characters, so hopefully, it won’t be too long before we get a new installment in the franchise.

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Logan Moore

Logan Moore is the Managing Editor around these parts and enjoys the video game Super Mario Odyssey.

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