Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is a hard game for me to judge. The gameplay has its flaws, but the rest of the game is beautifully polished. The jokes are top notch and they only get funnier if you've played the first two games. The vehicle creation is great fun, especially when you've got a ton of parts to work with. I'm looking forward to seeing some awesome photos and replays when the community site goes up.
At $40, fans of the Banjo-Kazooie series can't go wrong. It may not be exactly what we wanted for Banjo-Threeie, but it's not a letdown by any means. The humor and atmosphere alone is worth the price of admission. As for non-fans, I recommend you check out the original Banjo-Kazooie when it hits the Xbox Live Arcade on the 26th and become a fan of this great series.