Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64
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Universal acclaim- based on 171 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: 61 out of 65
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 65
  3. Negative: 4 out of 65
  1. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    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
  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 Collapse
  3. Nov 22, 2012
    10
    I have no words for this game. It stands as a masterpiece in many gamers' hearts, as well as mine. Many who say, "Oh, it's just another Mario 64," get your cranium checked. Yeah, it was a collect-a-thon much, but it isn't derogatory in the case of Banjo-Kazooie. It was built around the idea of collecting objects to progress further, which added a deep sense of progression. RareWare may be dead now, but this game should still remind us that they can indeed make great games. Expand
  4. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    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
  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. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    Who needs Super Mario 64 when you can play as a bear teamed up with a bird in a back-pack in Banjo-Kazooie? Banjo-Kazooie may had the same concept gameplay as Super Mario 64 did, but the game did offer really creative levels, a quirky style and a different take in the gameplay to make the whole experience in Banjo-Kazooie acceptable. Rareware did a magnificent job creating these humorous characters that quickly became charming and fun throughout the game. The presentation in visuals is outstanding for a 1998 game on the N64 and the overall game soundtrack is extremely catchy to match the Banjo universe perfectly. Like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie is one of those titles you do not know when to put the controller down. The game is entirely fun with solid puzzle challenges and great exploration through each and every location. However, the game can be really nerve wrecking at times if you plan to complete the game at 100% or playing later portions of the game such as the final boss with Gruntilda. Believe me, beating her to finish the game is pretty difficult. In results, Banjo-Kazooie is a solid platformer containing jigsaw piece to find and birds to fire eggs out of their butts. I highly recommend anyone to get Banjo-Kazooie to any fans of platforming games or video games in general. It's definitely a game you will not get disappointed with. 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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