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 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. 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: 77 out of 83
  2. Negative: 5 out of 83
  1. JimmyC.
    Mar 3, 2004
    10
    This is quite simply the best game ever made, there is no, i repeat no faults in the game whatsoever. It is long, but not to spread out (like This is quite simply the best game ever made, there is no, i repeat no faults in the game whatsoever. It is long, but not to spread out (like Banjo-Tooie), its worlds are ingenious and imaginitive, and capture the essence of bear country perfectly, the music is fantastic, and i can be found humming click clock wood every day, i even worked out how to play it on the piano, i commend Rare greatly, and this game may never be beat. 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 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
  3. 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
  4. Jan 3, 2017
    10
    THIS GAME IS A MASTERPIECE THE LEVELS ARE A BLAST TO PLAY THE DIALOGUE IS WITTY AND ADORABLE IT LOOKS GREAT FOR THE N64 AND COLLECTING THIGSTHIS GAME IS A MASTERPIECE THE LEVELS ARE A BLAST TO PLAY THE DIALOGUE IS WITTY AND ADORABLE IT LOOKS GREAT FOR THE N64 AND COLLECTING THIGS ACTUALLY ISN'T TEDIOUS SOLID 10/10 IN MY BOOK!! Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2015
    10
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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 sameWho 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. 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
#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 1998