Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64

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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 246 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: 69 out of 75
  2. Negative: 4 out of 75
  1. Banjokazooie
    Mar 13, 2004
    10
    A very good platformer,better than i had ever expected!
  2. Banjo
    Apr 17, 2003
    10
    What a great game!
  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. NickS.
    Feb 15, 2006
    10
    I never give a rating of 10 for either games or movies. But 7 years onwards I cannot forget how good the game was, the best game on N64, I never give a rating of 10 for either games or movies. But 7 years onwards I cannot forget how good the game was, the best game on N64, Although the flexibility and moviement of Mario 64 is slightly better, Banjo is better in every other department. Buy it, even if you have the nintendo cube, this is one of the best games you will play in your life. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2014
    10
    This is the best adventure/platformer ever made. I have played and beaten this game sooo many times, I've lost count. Super Mario 64 made 3dThis is the best adventure/platformer ever made. I have played and beaten this game sooo many times, I've lost count. Super Mario 64 made 3d platformers what it is today and this game takes all those ideas and perfects them.

    I can honsetly not think of a single flaw this game has, not a single annoying aspect I would change. And that has not happened to me before or ever since. So this is as close to a perfect video game as you're gonna get, Imo.

    I you haven't experienced the greatness, fun and entertaining value this game has to offer, then you're missing out on the best the video game industry has to offer. Well done Rare!
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  6. 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
  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