Banjo-Kazooie

Nintendo 64
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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 359 Ratings

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  • Summary: Trouble is brewing on Spiral Mountain! Gruntilda the witch, wildly jealous of Tooty the Honey Bear's good looks; is determined to steal them for herself! But even as she whisks the helpless youngster off to her tower, Tooty's big brother Banjo and his loud-mouthed partner Kazooie are hot onTrouble is brewing on Spiral Mountain! Gruntilda the witch, wildly jealous of Tooty the Honey Bear's good looks; is determined to steal them for herself! But even as she whisks the helpless youngster off to her tower, Tooty's big brother Banjo and his loud-mouthed partner Kazooie are hot on the trail to rescue her...Aided by the mystical shaman Mumbo Jumbo, Banjo and Kazooie must tackle gloomy swamps, scorching deserts, towering mountain ranges and spooky haunted houses on their way to the final confrontation at the summit of Gruntilda's Lair. Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  1. 100
    Cute, funny and continuously enchanting - it's what good gaming is all about.
  2. A breath of fresh air, a wonderful diversion, a good use of puzzle-solving energy. It’s like "Mario 64," but better. Any improvement over a game that got little but perfect ratings when it was released is an improvement to be applauded.
  3. This 3D polygon world is absolutely astounding.
  4. Brilliant, plain and simple, and another example of why Nintendo have become so dependant on Rare -- the company produces games that are every bit as good as Nintendo's own, if not better.
  5. Unfortunately, the sound is pretty much a mix of "Mario 64" and "Diddy Kong Racing" leftovers. A grunt here, a guffaw there, it's all been done to death.
  6. While not necessarily breaking down walls in innovation, Banjo-Kazooie takes us down a path we've been before and makes the ride a whole lot smoother.
  7. While it fails to achieve the lofty status of greatest platform game of all time, still held by an overweight plumber, Banjo Kazooie is a close second, and that ain't half bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 95
  2. Negative: 4 out of 95
  1. ChrisC.
    Nov 28, 2003
    10
    It doesn't list it, but I rate it a 100,000,000,000,000,000,000.
  2. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    i still remember clearly the impresions this game caused me when i played it for the 1st time, it had never seen before graphics, a lot ofi still remember clearly the impresions this game caused me when i played it for the 1st time, it had never seen before graphics, a lot of moves, so many things to do, amazing sense of freedom.....but not better than super mario 64 IMO Expand
  3. LukeC.
    Aug 6, 2005
    10
    Good Game
  4. Apr 6, 2017
    10
    I want nothing more than to experience this game for the first time again. I can still recall how I felt running through the varied worldsI want nothing more than to experience this game for the first time again. I can still recall how I felt running through the varied worlds hunting for every single collectible and swearing blind that I would reach Grunty one day as she taunted me at every turn.

    Truly this is a once in a lifetime 3D platforming experience and even though I cannot play it again for the first time, I will continue my personal ritual of playing it every year until my console dies or I die, whichever comes first.
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  5. Jul 19, 2013
    10
    It was the first game I've played and maybe it's just the nostalgia, but it was already the best. Yes this is my favorite game of all time,It was the first game I've played and maybe it's just the nostalgia, but it was already the best. Yes this is my favorite game of all time, and I think this status will never have another game for me, except of the sequel 'Banjo Tooie', but they are equally good. Expand
  6. Jun 24, 2018
    9
    For me Banjo-Kazooie is just an amazing platformer. It has a ridiculous amount of charm and Rare bring so much highly concentrated platformingFor me Banjo-Kazooie is just an amazing platformer. It has a ridiculous amount of charm and Rare bring so much highly concentrated platforming magic into a neat package. Banjo is one of those games i forget is about 20 years olds and the graphics look like ass, i just get so lost when i play it, in the soundtrack and the stupid characters that i dont think it will ever need to be remastered or remade. Just a good game... Expand
  7. JaneassaM.
    Dec 23, 2002
    0
    This game is crap. I mean like come on, look at the moves he has. super mario is way better than this.

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#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1998
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#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 1998