Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64
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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 170 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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 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: 60 out of 64
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 64
  3. Negative: 4 out of 64
  1. May 22, 2012
    10
    Another N64 classic. Is very Super Mario 64-like, but that's something good. This game brings its own mechanics. There are lots of skills that allow you to gain access to new levels as you learn to use them. There are lots of levels, enemies and tasks. In general terms, is a beautiful and very funny game. Must play. Expand
  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 of moves, so many things to do, amazing sense of freedom.....but not better than super mario 64 IMO Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2012
    10
    An outstanding game made by one of the greatest developers on the planet: Rareware. The amount of moves Banjo and Kazooie have at their disposal is just staggering. The difficulty and the graphics might scare away younger gamers, but for its time, this game was a masterpiece. The graphics themselves are vibrant and colorful, albeit simple. The stages provide quite a challenge, especially the last ones (Rusty Bucket Bay comes to mind). The final battle with Gruntilda is difficult but satisfying. Great game. If you think you can get past the outdated controls and visuals, you owe it to yourself to play this game. Expand
  4. 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. 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
  5. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    Banjo-Kazooie is in my opinion one of the greatest games ever made. The graphics are amazing for it's time, playing it today just really gets you into that nostalgic feel! How the characters act and sound is pretty much unique to this game, the hilarious bosses and the wide range of maps, challenges, upgrades, transformations and terrain makes this game simply amazing. The soundtrack is also exceptionally good!

    Thank you, Rare, Thank you so very much.
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  6. Mar 1, 2013
    9
    Banjo Kazooie is one of the best platformers of its time and even to this day. Offering a unique storyline that has several humorous twists, revolutionizing gameplay, incredible sound track, and amazing graphical display Banjo Kazooie is bound to take you away from the usual adventure platforming that you were used to from playing Super Mario if you were interested in platforms before or will introduce you to a whole new world of a gaming experience which to this day proves that there are better platformers out there than Mario. Enjoy Nine distinct worlds and a even bigger outerworld as you journey through the world of Banjo Kazooie! Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2011
    7
    Great game but a little choppy. the reason i gave it a seven is that i just don't like a lot. i should like it. its right up my ally, but theres just this element to it i find "un-fun" Expand

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