A rumour has started to do the internet rounds, suggesting that Nintendo are hoping to negotiate ownership of Banjo-Kazooie.
Back on the Nintendo 64, British studio and Nintendo second-party developer, Rareware was at its prime with a series of highly praised and thoroughly original concepts - from Banjo Kazooie to Conker's Bad Fur Day. In 2001 the two parted ways, and franchises created by Rareware were retained by the company for use by new owners Microsoft.
The team then went on to put together a third console Banjo Kazooie platformer, Nuts and Bolts, and if rumours are true, Nintendo want in on the much loved franchise once more. A large pinch of salt required.
An anonymous source told website Zelda Informer that Nintendo are interested in regaining ownership of Rareware and is currently in negotiations with Microsoft. This is a feasible prospect, but bizarrely the source states it would only be to once again own the rights to Banjo Kazooie, with Retro Studios already knee deep in a new game.
Queue wishful thinking for the bear and bird to make an official Super Smash Bros. debut and dreams of honeycombs and cackling witches on the Nintendo scene once again.
Rumour for now of course, but anything can happen in this weird and wonderful industry.