Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64
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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
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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: 62 out of 66
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  3. Negative: 4 out of 66
  1. ZachG.
    Feb 20, 2004
    Greatest game i've ever played! Rareware is a genious! Too bad they've been boughten by Microsoft though...
  2. RyanM.
    Feb 10, 2003
    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 of a basic easy to understand best platformer ever. a one of a kind. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    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
  4. J.M.
    Jun 20, 2005
    This is a neat game, and its replay value was good.
  5. ToddS.
    Oct 14, 2009
    Banjo-Kazooie is the best game Rare has ever made made. This is a game that has a great concept, a wide variety of moves, fantastic game play that never gets old, and best of all just the right amount of time you get into the game so you can easily replay it without the game getting old. Now a lot of people have compared it to Super Mario 64 because people claim that Banjo-Kazooie is a rip-off of Mario 64 and Zelda Ocarina of Time because they both came out just five months apart from each other and they both won their fair share of game of the year awards (OOT getting more). After that I looked at all three of the games and said too myself, "Banjo-Kazooie blows Mario 64 out of the water and Zelda OOT out of the water temple (shudders). now I think all three of those games are good it's just that Banjo-Kazooie is a little less linear than Mario 64 because Mario 64 forced the player to do one episode in the level, getting kicked out of the level and having to go back in to play in the same level and Banjo-Kazooie has a original concept of being like a scavenger hunt unlike Zelda OOT which was just like a 3-D Link to the Past. You know what scratch that being Rare's best game, Banjo-Kazooie is the best N64 game of all time. God their is just so many great things about this game other than the ones I motioned earlier; the 9 unique, varied, and most of all huge levels that you don't necessary need a map for like in the sequel which is also a great game, the subtle humor and multiple personalities every character gets, the excellent music by Grant Kirkhope that matches as well as emphasizes on the environments that you are in, and that is just a few of the things that make Banjo-Kazooie a great game. My childhood memories with this game will be cherished forever and ever. Hey, forget Banjo Kazooie being the best N64 game, Banjo Kazooie for the N64 is the best game of all time. I love you Banjo-Kazooie, we all do. Expand
  6. Mar 8, 2014
    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
  7. JaneassaM.
    Dec 23, 2002
    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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