The game's protagonists are Banjo the bear and Kazooie the bird. Later, Banjo-Kazooie received a sequel entitled Banjo-Tooie, along with a game called Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge which came out three years after Banjo-Kazooie, but chronologically takes place in-between the two games.
Banjo-Kazooie was re-released on Xbox Live Arcade on December 3, 2008. In this version, the dialog was altered to account for the Xbox 360 controller. Also, all Nintendo-related graphics were replaced with Microsoft graphics. Otherwise, the game remained unchanged.
Due to Microsoft's purchase of Rare, and thus the rights to all Rare franchises, Banjo-Kazooie cannot come on the Virtual Console download service. However, Nintendo has announced that there is hope that other Rare games, which has rights doesn't belong to Microsoft, will come to the Virtual Console sometime in the future. A good example of one of these games is Donkey Kong 64, since Nintendo still has copyright to the Donkey Kong series.