Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Nine years was worth the wait, a solid platformer that will please everyone.
  2. 87
    Banjo Tooie is easily one of the best platform games ever created. When you consider how lacking the genre has been lately this will certainly be a breath of fresh air.
  3. 85
    If you played Banjo-Tooie back in the day it's worth a revisit to remind yourself how good this game was and earn a few achievements. And if you've never played Rare's masterpiece it's high time you found out why it is considered a high point for the genre.
  4. Banjo-Tooie is a no-frills ROM port that is a slam dunk for those looking to relive some of gaming’s past glory without having to pull out past consoles.
  5. 85
    Classic platformer gaming that will have you reliving the glory days of the N64 console. Whether you're a fan or a newcomer, there's little reason why you shouldn't purchase the XBLA port of Banjo-Tooie.
  6. 85
    As an XBLA download, Tooie is fantastic value. Much cheaper than the actual cartridges go for these days.
  7. I mean really, what's not to like about a bird that can regurgitate eggs from its mouth to batter an enemy, or shoot them out of his butt to zap enemies coming up from behind?
  8. Sure to keep you entertained for hours. [July 2009, p.96]
  9. It is really hard to find anything to really gripe about in Banjo- Tooie except maybe how much it is TOO like Banjo- Kazooie.
  10. 80
    By playing Banjo-Tooie, you can get a sense of what platformers used to be like. Besides Nintendo with Mario, no one pulls them off better than Rare and this is no more evident than in this well-made remake of the classic Banjo-Tooie.
  11. Time definitely has not been kind to Banjo Tooie, but it is still as fun as it ever was.
  12. For every moment where the game deviates from predictable platform tropes, there are dozens more when it's really nothing more than a very nicely assembled and presented riff on what other games were pioneering. Banjo-Tooie, then. Not one of the all-time greats, but when you take off the rose-tinted glasses the result is still enough to make it a standout on Live Arcade.
  13. That nostalgia isn't worth 15 bucks. [July 2009, p.84]
  14. Despite the irritating 'cute' dialogue, the script is super funny, while the presentation is sweet enough and the platforming is still very playable. [Issue#47, p.100]
  15. Banjo-Tooie's gameplay is an mid-point between the simplicity of Banjo-Kazooie and batshit insanity of Donkey Kong 64, though it can be immensely frustrating like the latter game a lot of the time.
  16. When all is said and done, gamers wishing to relive the glory days of wholesome, 64-bit goodness will want to download and enjoy Banjo-Tooie; in reality, most will already have done so. On the flip side, the modern gamer wishing to see what all the fuss about Banjo and his pal Kazooie is will be disappointed, as they will go in expecting something that is amazing and get something that was amazing… back at the turn of the century.
  17. Banjo-Tooie is far from being a bad platformer, though instead of taking what made Banjo-Kazooie great and improving on it, the Rare philosophy seems to be throw everything into the mixing pot and see what comes out.
  18. Another classy retro conversion but Rare's platforming sequel feels older than it looks.
  19. A morbidly obese platformer from a developer which just didn't know when to stop. [July 2009, p.104]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    A great sequel which you'll love if you had even the slightest bit of interest in the original Banjo-Kazooie. Sure, the levels can be a bit confusing sometimes but that's just because they aren't half as linear as the areas in many modern games. Banjo-Tooie takes actual thinking to progress, which is something that can't be said about a lot of games these days. Anyway, it's a really great title that I highly recommend. Full Review »
  2. [anonymous]
    Jan 21, 2010
    This games was and still is a great fun game. i never really liked the Multiplayer games and stuff....... but the story is great resuming right off the first one and with the XBLA version now you can do the Mysterious Stop n' Swop! Full Review »
  3. HaydenH
    Aug 21, 2009
    This game represents some of the best childhood memories involving video games. Not only was this one of the best N64 games created, it innovated in many ways. In Mario 64, you had the same move-set for the entire game, whereas here, you learned new moves as you went. While it's a heck of a game, I've played through it so many times that I've started to notice things that bother me just a bit. The game is rather (not to be mean) old, and hasn't really evolved from what it was. Another small quibble is that the FPS sections have a default sensitivity that is much to high. Still, with these minor quibbles aside, let me say that this is one of the N64's best (and platformer's for that matter too). If you have played this game before, buy it again, it won't hurt. If you have never played the game before, what are you waiting for!? The game is $15 and several hours long and it's amazing! Go get it right now if you like anthropomorphic animals, platformers, killing stuff, or awesome games! Full Review »