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: 61 out of 65
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 65
  3. Negative: 4 out of 65
  1. Banjokazooie
    Mar 13, 2004
    A very good platformer,better than i had ever expected!
  2. AlbertR.
    Jul 6, 2003
    It"s action and adventure I love it action aventure mixed together new monsters for each level and neat tricks for each level 2 thumps way way up.
  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. LukeC.
    Aug 6, 2005
    Good Game
  5. Aug 16, 2012
    I loved this game as a kid, playing it at my grandparents' house on weekdays after school. Recently, I got an N64 again and tried the game again. I found it to be just as magical of an experience as it was back then. Banjo-Kazooie is an inspired platformer with great game-play that differs a lot from the other platformers of the N64 era. Similar to Mario games, this game will have you running around trying to collect puzzle pieces to unlock even more incredible levels and it never gets boring. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2014
    Banjo Kazooie is a masterpiece on the Nintendo 64. It has very fun gameplay and platforming that you just cannot find anywhere else except probably Tooie. The levels are all fun with very fun missions and cool things to collect; It has some good challenges and puzzles and level designs. However, it's not just the gameplay that makes this such an amazing game, it's also the wit and humor this game has to offer. The characters are so unforgettable and awesome and you will probably find plenty of moments in this game that are full of good comedy. Banjo-Kazooie is one of the greatest platformers ever made, I honestly thought it was way better than Super Mario 64. This game is a must-own for any Nintendo 64 owner; it's such a shame that Rare can't make anymore quality games like this anymore. 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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