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Banjo-Kazooie

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MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
90
4.0
Xbox 360
80
3.9

User Reviews

The Bear and Bird Nintendo 64 Matt Neuteboom (941)
Better than Mario 64! *hides* Nintendo 64 Pixelspeech (955)
You don't have an N64?? Oh I'm so sorry.... Nintendo 64 MegaMegaMan (2216)
Not ONLY for younger players. Nintendo 64 Horny-Bullant (56)
A great game for kids and adults Nintendo 64 gamewarrior (5065)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Nintendo 64 83 4.0
Xbox 360 11 3.9
Combined MobyScore 94 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Nintendo 64Total! (Germany)
Mitte Juli soll Banjo-Kozooie in Deutschland erscheinen, die Langeweile hat demnach in diesen Sommerferien keine Chance. Das Spiel ist ein absolutes Muß für jeden N64-Besitzer. Dieser Meinung ist offenbar auch Miyamoto. Auf der E3 wurde er in einem Interview gefragt, was er von Rate halte, seine Antwort solltet Ihr Euch auf der Zunge zergehen lassen: „Rare verrichtet großartige Arbeit. Banjo-Kazooie ist zum Beispiel so gut, daß wir nur hoffen können, daß wir diese Qualität mit dem Super Mario 64-Nachfolger auch erreichen werden. Rare ist eine gute Firma und ich hoffe, daß wir irgendwann mol ein Spiel gemeinsam entwickeln können“ - In diesem Sinne, sichert Euch ein Exemplar!
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Nintendo 64Nintendo Life
In its day, Banjo Kazooie revolutionised platforming: it brought together impeccable gameplay, fantastic level design, great music, and a perfect story - from start to finish, the game was a joy to play. There really are no gripes about it: the controls work, it’s the right length, and there is immense replayability present. Over a decade has passed by since its release, yet still to find fault in this game would be splitting hairs – everyone should own a copy!
100
Nintendo 64GamePro (US)
Banjo is a bearish keeper, one of the best games for the N64, and a true modern classic.
96
Nintendo 64Consoles Plus
Incontestablement l'un des jeux les plus réussis cette année. Il satisfera les plus jeunes comme les plus âgés. Comptez une trentaine d'heures pour le terminer à 100 %, pour les plus habiles d'entre vous, et beaucoup plus pour les débutants...
96
Nintendo 64IGN
Seriously folks, Banjo-Kazooie is another reason to buy an N64. This is the best 3D platformer I have ever played, and a more than worthy successor to Super Mario 64. From the beginning to the surprise ending, everything about this game screams quality. The kicker is that this game will work in conjunction with its sequel, Banjo-Tooie. Get your copy now. Rare has done it again.
95
Nintendo 64Nintendojo
Banjo-Kazooie is the kind of game that sends reviewers thumbing through their thesaurus in search of new words to describe its greatness. I can honestly say that it’s as true today as it was the day of release. Few games on any system have approached the combined quality of its visuals, sound, and gameplay while remaining enjoyable for kids and adults alike. If by some tragic oversight you have not played this game yet, you’re missing out. Next to Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie is still the only other platformer for the N64 that deserves to be in the collection of each and every Nintendo fanatic.
95
Nintendo 64GameSpot
If you were a fan of Mario 64, then it's pretty apparent that you're going to like Banjo-Kazooie as well. BK may be a Mario clone, but that isn't exactly a bad thing. In fact, it's a pretty good thing. In a world filled with mediocre N64 games, it's nice to see another truly great game on the system.
95
Nintendo 64Electric Playground
Gamers who were blown away by the size and scope of Super Mario 64 will be shocked to discover that it takes ages just to get from one level entrance to another in this game. This is one game that you definitely will not be finishing in a weekend.
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Nintendo 64Quebec Gamers
C'est un jeu complètement en 3D qui est très beau, avec de très bons contrôles, de bons angles de caméra, et qui est pas trop court n'y trop long! C'est un plaisir d'y jouer. Il se classe facilement dans les meilleurs jeux du Nintendo 64. Même s'il ressemble beaucoup à Mario, on lui pardonne car il est à sa façon excellent.
93
Nintendo 64Retroage
Fenomen gry polega na niesamowitej grafice oraz oprawie dźwiękowej. Dodatkowo jest zabawna za sprawą gagów Kazooie. Za miodność niestety musze trochę popsuć jej ranking, dodatkowym minusem jest brak multiplayera który mógłby umocnić pozycję gry. Banjo-Kazooie jest grą, którą posiadacze Nintendo 64 muszą mieć w swojej kolekcji, gdyż jest ona obok Super Mario 64 , jednym z najlepszych produktów wydanych na wspomnianą konsole. Gra doczekała się squela o nazwie Banjo – Tooie wydanego również na Nintendo 64, oraz kilku tytułów związanych z serią na GBA Banjo – Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge oraz Banjo-Pilot. Na koniec roku 2008 planowana jest premiera Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts która będzie kontynuatorką serii z Nintendo 64. Gra zostanie wydana na XBOX360.
92
Nintendo 64Mega Fun
Grafisch habe ich noch auf keiner Konsole eine solch detaillierte Grafikpracht im dreidimensionalen Gewand erleben dürfen. Schaut Euch z.B. mal die realistische Animation des Wassers an - einfach allererste Güte! Verstärkt wird die dichte Atmosphäre dann noch vom absolut genialen Sound, der sich der Spielsituation jederzeit anpaßt. Taucht Ihr beispielsweise in das feuchte Naß ab, so verändert sich die lustige Melodie in einen passenden Blubbersound. Köstlich amüsiert habe ich mich auch am typisch englischen Humor, der schon im Intro seinen Anfang findet. Es ist einfach zu komisch, die popelwütige Hexe bei ihrer Arbeit zu beobachten. Vorbildlich ist auch, daß Nintendo die Bilschirmtexte für die deutsche Version komplett germanisiert hat. Einziges kleines Manko ist meiner Meinung nach, daß Rare 3D-Hüpfer keine wirklich neuen Aspekte vorzuweisen hat, die ihn auf den Thron des Jump & Run-Genres hieven würden.
92
Nintendo 64X64
Mario reste le Prince de la plate-forme 3D, mais Banjo-Kazzoie mérite des applaudissements fournis. Bravo !
92
Nintendo 64Nintendo Power Magazine
Everything works well in this game. The experience is absolutely captivating. The graphics are phenomenal, but what's cool is that they're just a teaser for the incredible game play.
92
Nintendo 64Super Play
Många har försökt, och nästan lika många misslyckats med, att skapa en riktigt bra Super Mario 64-klon. Trots att Rare står Nintendo mycket nära så lyckas de inte överträffa sina japanska förebilder, främst på grund av att Banjo-Kazooie inte är alls lika nyskapande som Super Mario 64. Dock har Rares spel andra kvaliteter som gör det till ett extraordinärt plattformsäventyr med många gyllene smultronställen.
91
Nintendo 64Power Unlimited
Laat je niet misleiden door de kinderlijke graphics van Banjo Kazooie. Achter deze kleurrijke vermomming schuilt een goed platformspel met veel ingewikkelde puzzels, massa's moves en veel vette aktie.
91
Nintendo 64Imperium Gier
Recenzja gry nie powinna być długa, a ja już wstukałem grubo ponad 10000 znaków! Basta, kończę. Rzecz jest naprawdę najwyższej klasy i kto nie zagra w Banjo-Kazooie, ten łoś, lamer i trąba. I tylko szkoda, że na PC, mimo zajebiście szybkich procesorów, drogich kart 3D i ton pamięci nie ma gry mogącej się choć w połowie równać się przebojowi Rare. A na horyzoncie nadzieję dają tylko Earthworm Jim 3D i Rayman 2, którego autorzy zresztą po oblukaniu Banja na targach E3 zdecydowali się przesunąć premierę o niemal pół roku... Cóż, Nintendo nie jest takie drogie, a telewizor w domu każdy ma. Po co więc kupować drogą kartę 3D, jak za podobną cenę można sobie fundnąć znakomitą konsolę?
91
Nintendo 64Game Revolution
All in all, this is the best platform game that I have played in a long time. Of course, it follows the basic formula of a platformer - kidnapped female, evil castle, jump on enemies, etc. But the reason the formula still exists is due to the fact that, occasionally, it works really well. Banjo-Kazooie is a case where the cliche works to perfection. Although we question Nintendo's blatant violation of the genetic cloning ban put in place by the president, they did so for a good cause, and a damn good game.
90
Nintendo 64GamesCollection
Banjo-Kazooie è un titolo da non perdere assolutamente. Grafica molto dettagliata, effetti sonori caratterizzati bene e musiche spettacolari. Un platform game che non solo non ha nulla da invidiare agli altri titoli del suo genere, anzi, molti avrebbero dovuto addirittura imparare qualcosa. Un titolo che ancora oggi è divertente e unico e che fa le scarpe a molti giochi di oggi. Anche se Mario è Mario, io lo consiglio vivamente a tutti, poichè questo gioco saprà farvi divertire e una volta finito, soprattutto quando portato al termine completamente, vi darà un'immensa soddisfazione. L'unica cosa che mi rimane da dirvi è quella di farvi un piacere, per chi non ha giocato, di recuperare questo titolo, sicuramente uno dei migliori per questa console.
90
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
When it was released, this game was clearly one of Rare’s hottest new properties. It’s tough to say whether this is good or bad, but it’s largely still one of their greatest achievements, as developers. Banjo-Kazooie may be more of an homage to Nintendo’s first 3D romp through the mushroom kingdom than a pioneer of the same genre, but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying.
90
Nintendo 64Meristation
Rareware se ha ocupado de que Banjo-Kazooie se haya convertido en un cartucho de lujo, a la altura de las expectativas. Sus alicientes son muy similares a los de Super Mario 64, pues ofrece un entorno totalmente 3D, personajes habitándolo, y un sinfín de sorpresas.
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Réussi à tous les niveaux, Banjo-Kazooie est un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes, ni plus, ni moins. Méritant de trôner fièrement au panthéon des jeux vidéo, Banjo-Kazooie n'a pas à rougir de la comparaison avec l'intouchable Super Mario 64. Car si c'est ce dernier qui a donné à la plate-forme 3D ses lettres de noblesse, Banjo- Kazooie a su la sublimer.
90
Nintendo 64Jeuxvideo.com
Réussi à tous les niveaux, Banjo-Kazooie est un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes, ni plus, ni moins. Méritant de trôner fièrement au panthéon des jeux vidéo, Banjo-Kazooie n'a pas à rougir de la comparaison avec l'intouchable Super Mario 64. Car si c'est ce dernier qui a donné à la plate-forme 3D ses lettres de noblesse, Banjo- Kazooie a su la sublimer.
90
Xbox 360Gamestyle
The Internet world may have been up in arms over the 1200 points price, but to us we pay for quality, and there is more than enough quality here to ask for such a pricey sum. On a console starved of the genre, Banjo-Kazooie really stands above all the others and for a ten year old N64 game, that’s some achievement.
90
Nintendo 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
When it is available, Banjo and Kazooie will simply be the state of the art in N64 gaming. No 3D game looks as solid, beautiful and exciting as BK. The game world is brilliantly designed, the controls wonderfully balanced, the structure ingenious, the challenge constant without becoming laborious. Engaging, humourous, absorbing: BK sets a new standard in platform games.
90
Nintendo 64TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Rare has exceeded our expectations again with this masterpiece that is the deal of the century at only $49.99 at most places. With great Rumble Pak capability and EEPROM saving (no controller pak), Rare has just added to the games flavor. I have not even ventured into some of the games areas simply to save the incredible experience for your gaming. It\'s quite simple, if you have a N64, then you need Banjo-Kazooie. It\'s hard to say how impressed we\'ll be with future Marios after this one. For now Banjo has the nod with detailed, 3D graphics, crisp sound, beautfiul control and the best gameplay seen on the N64. Excellent job Rare and Nintendo.
90
Nintendo 64All Game Guide
The British designers have put Nintendo's top Japanese development teams to shame with Banjo-Kazooie, a stunning 3D platformer. Banjo-Kazooie is the best 3D platformer since Mario 64, and we can only wonder what miraculous game Rare will produce next. This is one of the few must-buy games on the Nintendo 64.
88
Nintendo 64Joystick (French)
En fait, Banjo-Kazooie est une bien agréable surprise en cette période de vache maigre pour la N 64. B-K, meilleur jeu de plates-formes, toutes machines confondues ? En tout cas, on n'en est pas bien loin.
85
Xbox 360GamingXP
Banjo und Kazooie zeigt, dass schon die Geburtsstunde der 3D-Jump ‘n‘ Runs einiges zu bieten hat. So machen die komplexen Welten dank abwechslungsreichem Gameplay noch immer sehr viel Spaß. Für den Preis ein Must-Have für Jump ‘n‘ Run-Fans und diejenigen, die den Titel bis jetzt verpasst haben! Ich freu mich schon auf „Banjo Tooie“, das Anfang 2009 ebenfalls für Xbox Live Arcade zu haben sein wird.
83
Nintendo 64The Video Game Critic
The graphics are outstanding, brimming with subtle details like cracks in rocks, shimmering water, and flowers blowing in the grass. The music, audio effects, and dialogue are expertly performed, although their childlike nature may turn off some mature gamers. All things considered, Banjo Kazooie is a terrific game that is adored by legions of fans.
83
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
With a solid level design, unique transformation mechanic, and plenty of loveable charm, Banjo- Kazooie still holds up well to the stringent of today's gaming market. If you can look past the shaky camera then you will be in for a treat, as Banjo- Kazooie is still loads better than Rare's latest effort, Nuts & Bolts.
83
Xbox 360TeamXbox
The tandem moves, along with Banjo’s more personal moves (the big bear slide, melee claw and general jumping) can be blended together nearly seamlessly via good timing by the user. Smooth moves like this are paramount for a platformer, which probably explains why Banjo-Kazooie, even ten years after its release, is still a solid player for both the pick-up-and-play crowd as well as the serious jumpers out there. There’s enough comic relief and clever level design surrounding the slick team-up moves and animations of Banjo-Kazooie’s leading animals to pull it all together into one of the better classic console platformers to grace Xbox Live Arcade.
82
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Wem das aktuelle Banjo-Kazooie Schraube locker nicht zugesagt hat und auf der Suche nach einem sehr guten Jump-n-Run Spiel ist, der sollte sich Banjo-Kazooie nicht entgehen lassen und es sich auf dem Xbox Live Marktplatz holen. Allen anderen Freunden von Jump-n-Runs kann man Banjo-Kazooie ebenfalls nur wärmstens empfehlen. Es eignet sich für kleine Kinder sowie große Erwachsene.
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Xbox 360GameCola.net
Going back and playing through Banjo-Kazooie again was an incredible sensation for me. As my generation has grown, we've heard stories from the generations before about the games of their childhoods. Now it’s time for my generation to look back at the masterpieces we grew up with, and maybe pass them off to a new generation of gamers, wasting their time on their Gears of War and Sonic Unleashed crapfests. If you missed this gem the first time, spend the $15 on it. It’s charming enough for the youngsters, and it has that familiar feeling and love from the golden age of 3D platformers. Some might say that the collectathon game is dead, but I believe it’s alive and well when someone can do it right, and without vehicles.
80
Nintendo 64HappyPuppy
The technical virtuosity and solid gameplay of Banjo-Kazooie, however, more than compensate for its lapses. Graphically, this is the most impressive N64 title to date, and the control scheme is superb. While the somewhat underwhelming levels don't always compel you to go on, the challenge of finding things will. The number of hidden areas will make the game replayable, though a single run-through takes about 25 hours. If there must be clones, then make more of them like Banjo-Kazooie.
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Nintendo 64Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Banjo Kazooie is a great adventure, with loads and loads of fun for any gamer young, old, or somewhere in between. 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.
80
Nintendo 64Edge
While unable to match Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie leaves the numerous PlayStation 3D platformers floundering in its wake. There’s no doubt that Rare has constructed a towering technical achievement with this title. Just as Donkey Kong Country redefined the limits of 16bit console visuals, so Banjo-Kazooie does for the current generation of machines. Fresh faces on the videogame scene are likely to find Banjo a rewarding investment. But beneath the good looks this is platforming-by-numbers, with the player channelled through a tight script that is brought into sharp relief by a lack of innovation in the control system and gameplay. Rare’s title relies on the proven formulas of yesterday – not daring to be different – an unavoidable factor which will leave videogame cognoscenti wondering what all the fuss is about.
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Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Banjo-Kazooie kostar 1200 Microsoft-poäng och visst kan man diskutera med såväl svordomar som aggressivt kroppspråk huruvida det är prisvärt eller inte. Ser man bara på själva underhållningsvärdet och de härliga nostalgikänslorna är det definitivt värt en nedladdning, både för gamla fans och för de som vill få en kul lektion i spelhistoria. Denna plattformare har åldrats mycket väl och putsningarna är inte enorma men ändå synliga. Vill du besöka en värld med både gröna ängar och snötäckta landskap, där du nynnar med i varje låt, där du får sträcka på benen i stället för att köra bil, ja då är Banjo-Kazooie verkligen något för dig. Det musikaliska introt där Banjo lirar banjo är för övrigt en av de skönaste öppningarna i spelhistorien...
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Banjo and Kazooie is a 3D platformer therefore the controls take the form of a classic setup that work fine on the Xbox controller. You do need to take into consideration that this game is over 10 years old and an awful lot has improved over time. The camera control is tough to keep it where you want and at times the controls feel sluggish, especially when flying and swimming, but when all is said and done it has achieved an awful lot and I any still enjoying replaying the whole game. Banjo Kazooie comes at a price of 1200 points, which I feel is reasonable for a game that will take some time to complete 100%.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
1200 MS Points might seem a little steep for a game that originally came out ten years ago, but this is a true classic and a game that stands up very well today. Visually it's certainly showing its age, but the HD spruce up means it's by no means ugly and the core gameplay is just as universally appealing as it ever was.
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Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
The game throws you into an open world where you must scrounge up 10 “jiggies” — jigsaw pieces that unlock more worlds. Before you get back into the old-school groove, you may find these searches a tad frustrating, especially when a spastic camera tends to launch your bear-bird duo off cliffs. But once certain puzzle strategies (e.g., shooting three eggs instead of one) become second nature, the jiggie hunt turns into the exciting adventure it’s meant to be (and that we remember it being). Varied worlds, unique challenges, and kooky characters make this old-timer a worthwhile blast from the past.
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Xbox 360IGN
Banjo-Kazooie is a great game for a kid to play around with, something that the 360 library is often lacking, but many people will find this style of gameplay outdated by modern standards. There's a reason developers stopped making platformers like this one: Most gamers have had their fill of simple fetch and hop games and like a bit more action and drama on their consoles. If that sounds like you, stick with some of the heavy hitters the 360 has at retail this holiday season. Otherwise, enjoy a well-made trip down memory lane.
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Nintendo 64HonestGamers
Still, the game is great any way you slice it. The flaws I mentioned throughout the above review (particular the numerous items you must collect) have crippled numerous other titles within the genre, but here they hardly seem to matter. Banjo-Kazooie is that rare platformer that proves developers don't always need new ideas to produce something great; they just need a bear and a bird.
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Nintendo 64Cincinnati Enquirer
Banjo-Kazooie isn't going to win any awards for originality, but who really cares? If you have to borrow a little to make a fun, absorbing adventure, so be it. As long as it keeps you entertained, what else matters?
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Nintendo 64Random Access
Banjo-Kazooie is considered a classic Nintendo 64 title, and it's one of the games for which Rare is most famous. It's a representation of their most creative and fruitious period, sayeth many. And I would agree, it's pretty good. But as much as they tried, it's not their best. The sequel, Banjo-Tooie, is an improvement on Banjo-Kazooie in every way, and I would recommend Banjo-Tooie over this. For purity's sake, however, Banjo-Kazooie should still be experienced to see where the universal love for the bear and the bird began.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Banjo-Kazooie remains a solid resurrection of a classic game whose influential nature can still be appreciated and enjoyed today. Unfortunately, it is hampered by some bad camera glitches and could have used a few more enhancements, given the price tag. Anyone who's been digging the latest Banjo-Kazooie outing, Nuts and Bolts, and is dedicated to playing through the original adventure will probably find this worth their cash. However, those who just want to take a trip down memory lane, which I've found is often the case with many old-school XBLA purchases, might be better left with dusting off their old N64s.
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Nintendo 64GameCola.net
But all things aside, Banjo-Kazooie is an incredible game! I would highly recommend getting out your old, dusty N64 and playing it right away. You won't be disappointed.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
Even as I come to the end of the review, I’m still pondering whether Banjo-Kazooie is worth the 1200 Microsoft Points tag. Yes you get a fun-filled adventure which many players will enjoy, but the lack of replayability is an off-putting factor.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
For a game costing a princely 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 14.40), we'd have hoped Banjo-Kazooie to have aged rather better than it has. As it is, it's still a solid platformer with some neat ideas, but it's undone by a host of camera and control issues. If you popped your gaming cherry playing Banjo as a youngster, prepare for nostalgia tinged by disappointment, as you discover it's not quite the classic you remember.