Banjo made his first appearance in Diddy Kong Racing where he serves as a heavy playable racer. It was not until two years later Banjo along with Kazooie would star in their own video game, Banjo-Kazooie in 1998, and would continue their legacy in their own string of Banjo-Kazooie games. He carries his bird friend, Kazooie, around in his blue backpack; which is complimented with Banjo's signature yellow shorts and belt. Banjo's art style drastically changed in 2008 when Microsoft decided to use the license with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. His character design in Ultimate however, has been redesigned to resemble the look Banjo had in his first game.