Banjo-Threeie is cancelled game in the, Rare's famed, Banjo-Kazooie franchise. It was planned to be released for the GameCube, Xbox, and later Xbox 360, but was cancelled likely due to Rare being purchased by Microsoft in 2002. The game was eventually revived on Microsoft's Xbox 360 as Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Some claim that some elements of Banjo-Threeie could be present in the Gameboy Advance game, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge.

Banjo-Tooie Teaser

At the end of Banjo-Tooie, Gruntilda Winkybunion hints of Banjo-Threeie, telling the player she will be back in that game.

Spaceworld 2000 Tech Demo

The only proof of this game's existence is footage from SpaceWorld 2000 when many upcoming Nintendo GameCube games were shown off for the first time, including Luigi's Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Donkey Kong Racing, and Banjo-Threeie, which was shown off as a tech-demo.


After the buyout, it is possible that Rare continued work on the game for Xbox. Over the years, fans have uncovered a code for a build called "Banjo X". The code was unbootable, but some character models and text could be found.

2006 Trailer

In 2006, Rare released a trailer for Banjo-Threeie, where Banjo and Kazooie were told to stay out from behind a door. Banjo uses Kazooie to destroy the door, revealing a massive world or Jiggys, Music Notes, and Honey Comb Pieces. Banjo runs after the world, crashes into the wall, and the trailer ends.

Nuts and Bolts

Rare tried again to make a Banjo game, and eventually released Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for Xbox 360. The game was praised by critics and hated by fans, likely because the game played differently than the previous games.