Former Rare artist, Wil Overton, has posted some concept art he did for Rare’s cancelled Xbox 360 Banjo kart racing game via his online portfolio. Check it out:
As can be surmised by the imagery, the game was likely to be more than just a racer featuring Banjo-Kazooie characters, but more of a conglomeration of Rare characters from a variety of Rare franchises. In the artwork, you can see Vela (Jet Force Gemini), Banjo (Banjo-Kazooie), Joanna Dark (Perfect Dark), Sabrewulf (Killer Instinct), Sabreman (Sabrewulf), and a Battletoad (Battletoads). Notice too the different types of vehicles and circuits (Jiggy Pro) the races would have taken place on. It’s very unfortunate this was cancelled as it could have been a big success for Microsoft and Rare, just as the Sonic All-Stars Racing has been for Sega. Once can only hope that something similar to this will crop back up in the future!