Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64

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92

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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 282 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. Collapse
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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: 73 out of 79
  2. Negative: 5 out of 79
  1. JimmyC.
    Mar 3, 2004
    10
    This is quite simply the best game ever made, there is no, i repeat no faults in the game whatsoever. It is long, but not to spread out (like This is quite simply the best game ever made, there is no, i repeat no faults in the game whatsoever. It is long, but not to spread out (like Banjo-Tooie), its worlds are ingenious and imaginitive, and capture the essence of bear country perfectly, the music is fantastic, and i can be found humming click clock wood every day, i even worked out how to play it on the piano, i commend Rare greatly, and this game may never be beat. Expand
  2. RyanM.
    Feb 10, 2003
    10
    This game is truly one of the most addicting games there is. The basic storyline and the wide array of characters gives this game the title ofThis game is truly one of the most addicting games there is. The basic storyline and the wide array of characters gives this game the title of a basic easy to understand best platformer ever. a one of a kind. Expand
  3. 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
  4. JustinC.
    Sep 30, 2005
    10
    This game rocks. Thats it. You can't deny it.
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    10
    Beautiful game, colors, sound, and gameplay, Banjo Kazooie is the best platformer for the nintendo 64, and one of the best of all time.Beautiful game, colors, sound, and gameplay, Banjo Kazooie is the best platformer for the nintendo 64, and one of the best of all time. Despite being a collectethon, it makes no difference because the game is based around it. Whenever you discover anything in Banjo, you get rewarded with a variety of prizes. Grant Kirkhope composed one of the best soundtracks in any game, from the start screen, to the final boss music, any song is atmospheric, and creative. Banjo captures the golden age of Rare, one without Microsoft, and what it means to be truly creative Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2015
    10
    This game, is quite simply, almost perfect. The over-world is designed beautifully. It's not too big, and it allows you to go exploring,This game, is quite simply, almost perfect. The over-world is designed beautifully. It's not too big, and it allows you to go exploring, whilst still keeping you on a path throughout the lair. The levels are great. They allow you to come back to them and slowly unlock more knowledge about them until you get every puzzle piece and honeycomb imaginable! Discovery is not too cryptic, and the game always gives hints towards what to do, without making it obvious. You really have to think, and that's what I love about this game. The world is full of secrets that have simple puzzles blocking your way to them. When you solve the puzzle, it's so satisfying! Mix that with good platforming, and you have the formula for a great game. However, when I say "good" platforming, I mean "good" and not "great", as the world is more set around problem solving. The graphics are nice and colourful, and the music is catchy. I like the was Banjo controls, and though it's not quite as great as in Sonic Adventure, it's good. One problem however is that occasionally with the way the control is implemented, it can sometimes be frustrating in a part of the level, like in the part of Freezeezy Peak where you have to hit the alligators. it's weirdly non-functional! One of the other few flaws is the generic story, but since the game pays such a small amount of attention to it, it hardly matters. I LOVE this game, and give it a 9.5 (though because Metacritic doesn't have decimal ratings, I have to give it a 10) 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
#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 1998