Banjo-Tooie

Nintendo 64
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8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

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  • Summary: Two years after Banjo Kazooie, Banjo and the gang are playing cards when an earthquake happens. Eagerly Mumbo goes out to investigate. He sees two hideous witches reviving Grunty. Mumbo goes back to investigate. Grunty shoots a laser beam at Banjo's house. Mumbo warns everyone but BottlesTwo years after Banjo Kazooie, Banjo and the gang are playing cards when an earthquake happens. Eagerly Mumbo goes out to investigate. He sees two hideous witches reviving Grunty. Mumbo goes back to investigate. Grunty shoots a laser beam at Banjo's house. Mumbo warns everyone but Bottles doesn't belive him. Grunty blows up Banjo's house with Bottles inside and sets off to get her body back. Motivated by revenge Banjo sets out to stop Grunty and revive Bottles. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Speaking of play mechanics, I can honestly say that I haven't had this much fun playing a game in a very long time. Not only do the controls harbor the utmost precision, but the camera has been refined as well.
  2. If you're not into platform games, it probably won't change your religion, but I can at least guarantee you that it's got a much lower crap-fest-purchase-risk-factor than any of the shiny new PS2 games you could drop 50 bucks on.
  3. Da Gameboyz
    97
    The graphics are unbelievable, the sound is fantastic and the game has so much replay value it just might be sitting in your N64 for months to come.
  4. 90
    There's an awesome amount of gameplay packed into this cart. The landscapes are so huge it's a challenge to remember everything you need to do.
  5. Don't expect to jump in and then jump out of Banjo's world -- once netted, you'll remain til the end.
  6. Daily Radar
    88
    The levels in Banjo-Tooie border on being too large -- it's rather easy to get lost in many areas. The level design, though, is superb, and the visuals are top-notch for the N64.
  7. Game Fan
    75
    The whole idea of platformer as scavenger hunt, though, has aged as well as a tuna sandwich left out on a hot California day. Sadly, this bear is starting the smell just as bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Aug 2, 2015
    10
    A must play for any fan of platformers

    This game is incredibly fun. I played it years after playing the excellent original and was amazed
    A must play for any fan of platformers

    This game is incredibly fun. I played it years after playing the excellent original and was amazed by how well it passed the test of time. Given the quality offered I am just shocked it got so little attention: I think it was contextual (end of n64) rather than related to the quality of the game itself.

    The game is huge, the maps are excellent, the music is awesome (thanks Grant Kirkhope!), the gameplay is flawless, everything is fun and creative. If there are any criticisms to make, these are instantly overshadowed by the general awesomeness of the experience.

    What more can be said? One of my favourite games ever. Thank you Rare :)
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  2. IvanV.
    Nov 18, 2006
    10
    Wow! loved this game although I'd probly find it a bit dated now. When I grow old and think bout the times I used to play video games Wow! loved this game although I'd probly find it a bit dated now. When I grow old and think bout the times I used to play video games this game will probably spring to mind first. Awesome game too bad rare had to fall off after joining Microsoft. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2017
    10
    Game: Banjo Tooie
    Genre: Adventure Platformer
    Publisher/Developer: Nintendo/Rare System: Nintendo 64 (N64) Total Score: 97/100 Value
    Game: Banjo Tooie
    Genre: Adventure Platformer
    Publisher/Developer: Nintendo/Rare
    System: Nintendo 64 (N64)
    Total Score: 97/100
    Value Score: 9.7/10

    • Story: 10/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 10/10
    • Graphics: 10/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 10/10
    • Replay Value: 7/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    Pros
    +Bigger Worlds and more moves than the first game
    +A lot of mini games
    +Great world designs
    +Longer and a lot of post game content such as cutscene gallery and boss mode/mini game mode
    +Great OST with great remixes
    +More boss battles than the first game

    Cons
    -A lot of backtracking, you cannot get to some jiggies and items unless you come back later in the game after learning some moves
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  4. Jared
    Feb 12, 2005
    10
    Much much better than the first.
  5. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    10/10 ................................................................................................................................................
  6. MattR.
    Jun 15, 2003
    9
    I really liked the graphics and story and gameplay. The levels were great but sometimes it just got boring.
  7. Oct 24, 2020
    5
    This was a huge disappointment after playing the first game, which I consider a masterpiece. The music is worse but passable, but the gameplayThis was a huge disappointment after playing the first game, which I consider a masterpiece. The music is worse but passable, but the gameplay is just so unbearable at times, In the first game each level felt jam-packed with creativity and love on every corner, this game which technically has a lot more content also feels a lot more empty, with long maps that take hours to do anything and by constantly forcing the player to switch characters making you walk back and forth doing nothing. A lot of jiggies in this require skills that you unlock on later levels, which means you'll need a lot of boring backtracking to collect all of them, something that never happened in the first game and makes this game even more tedious and confusing. It's such a shame, because beneath all those overly long cutscenes and walking sections, there's an actually fun game hiding somewhere, unfortunately the boring parts take a way bigger portion of the experience. Expand

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#3 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
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#3 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000