For detailed information about this series, see:
Banjo Kazooie Wiki
Banjo and Kazooie, the main characters of the series
Banjo-Kazooie, also simply known as Banjo since not every episode is also called "Kazooie" (tough the name "Banjo-Kazooie" still fits since all games star both characters), is a series of video games by Rare starring the titular duo of characters.
Three main games have been released:
Banjo-Kazooie (June 30, 1998), Nintendo 64. Re-released in 2008 for Xbox Live Arcade.
Banjo-Tooie (November 20, 2000), Nintendo 64. Re-released in 2009 for Xbox Live Arcade.
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (November 11, 2008), Xbox 360.
Plus five minor titles:
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (September 12, 2003), Game Boy Advance.
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge Mobile (July 2004), Mobile phone.
Banjo-Pilot (January 12, 2005), Game Boy Advance.
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge Missions (June 14, 2005), Mobile phone.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie can also arguably be considered part of the series, since it features "Banjo-Kazooie" in the title.
Additionally a tech demo called
Banjo-Kazooie Kinect was shown in March 2015 at the SXSW Awards. Being developed by Audience Entertainment exclusively for the event to be played by the audience, it's not meant to be released to the public.
Links to other series
Banjo appears in the Xbox Rareware commercial along with many other Rareware characters.
Direction Series Date Description
Diddy Kong Racing November 21, 1997 Banjo is selectable in Diddy Kong Racing; Tiptup makes appearances in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie; The cancelled Diddy Kong Pilot was remade into Banjo-Pilot. 1
Perfect Dark June 30, 1998 Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie feature references to Perfect Dark. 2
Conker June 30, 1998 Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts feature references to the Conker series, while Conker's Bad Fur Day features references to the Banjo-Kazooie series. 2
Mario December 1998 Bottles from Banjo-Kazooie is featured in the comic Super Mario in Aloha Hawaii; Mario is referenced in Banjo-Tooie. 1
N-Gang June 1999 Characters from the Banjo-Kazooie series appear in "Freeze Frame" and other N-Gang episodes. 1
Donkey Kong November 06, 1999 Musical instruments from Banjo-Kazooie can be seen in Donkey Kong 64; there also are minor references to the Donkey Kong series in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. 1
Jet Force Gemini November 20, 2000 Posters of Jet Force Gemini appear in Banjo-Tooie. 2
Sabreman November 20, 2000 Sabreman makes an appearance in Banjo-Tooie. 1
James Bond November 20, 2000 Banjo-Tooie features two first person zones based on maps from the multiplayer mode of GoldenEye 007. 3
Mr. Pants November 20, 2000 Banjo-Tooie and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts feature references to Mr. Pants. 2
George and Mildred November 20, 2000 Banjo-Tooie features a reference to George and Mildred. 3
Star Fox September 23, 2002 Star Fox Adventures features a character possibly based on Kazooie. 3
Grabbed by the Ghoulies October 21, 2003 Roysten from Banjo-Kazooie makes an appearance in Grabbed by the Ghouls; there also are other minor references between the two series. 1
Kameo November 07, 2005 Kameo: Elements of Power features a reference to Banjo-Kazooie, while Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts features a reference to Kameo. 2
Viva Piñata November 09, 2006 Characters from the Banjo-Kazooie series appear in Viva Piñata as statues; Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts also features references to the Viva Piñata series. 2
Pong November 11, 2008 The Lord of Games' face is drawn after the Pong game. 3
Halo November 11, 2008 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts features a reference to the Halo series. 2
Killer Instinct (Rare) November 11, 2008 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts features a reference to the Killer Instinct series, while Rash's "Rarewear" accessories in the 2013 Killer Instinct game include Banjo's shorts, a Jiggy tattoo, and a backpack based on the Lord of Games' face. 2
Battletoads November 11, 2008 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts features a reference to the Battletoads series. 2
Sonic February 23, 2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie features Banjo and Kazooie as a single Xbox 360 exclusive racer. 1
Sega Superstars February 23, 2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie features Banjo and Kazooie as an Xbox 360 exclusive racer. 1
Minecraft July 16, 2012 Minecraft for Xbox 360 features five downloadable skins based on Banjo-Kazooie characters in Skin Pack 1. 2
Video Game High School November 25, 2014 In the Video Game High School episode "The N64" a character plays the game over theme from Banjo-Kazooie on a banjo. 2
Rare Replay August 04, 2015 Rare Replay includes Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts as playable games. 2
Yooka-Laylee 2017 Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. 3