Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Arrives November 14; Pre-order to Get Banjo Kazooie XBLA Early, Free

Rare's long-awaited Xbox 360 revival of its bear-bird platforming duo Banjo Kazooie will hit North American retailers on November 14, publisher Microsoft revealed today. Dubbed Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, the new title sports a suggested retail price of $39.99 and marks the first main entry since Banjo Tooie (N64) in 2000. nope

A free download code for the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade release of the original Banjo Kazooie will be provided to those that pre-order Nuts & Bolts from unspecified "participating retailers," allowing pre-order customers to access the title two weeks before the general public.

Furthermore, players of Nuts & Bolts will be able to unlock "extra content and features" in the XBLA release through the game's "Stop N' Swop" feature.

An exact release date for the downloadable Xbox 360 version of the original Banjo Kazooie was not provided, though Microsoft noted that the public debut will not be "until a couple weeks after" Nuts & Bolts arrives.