released on Jun 29, 1998

In this 3D platformer, the heroic but naive bear Banjo enlists his cowardly bird buddy Kazooie to help rescue his younger sister from a vain, beauty-stealing witch. The player is tasked with exploring the witch's lair and the nine large, open levels within it, looking for tasks and challenges to complete. Along the way they meet a variety of characters who teach them new moves and transform them into different animals. Modeled after Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie is distinguished by its cheeky and sarcastic sense of humor and by a large, varied, and novel moveset.

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A very fun 3d collect-a-thon, with a ton of charming characters, (mostly) fun levels, and great music.
I do have to say tho that the last few levels, screw Rusty Bucket Bay in particular, are kinda tedious and annoying to go through. Grunty's Lair was also a bit confusing to go through sometimes.

When I really think about it, this might be a more well-structured game than Banjo-Tooie.
But I prefer the formula of Tooie, so I can't give this a higher score, okay?

I’ve been a fan of Banjo for nearly a decade and I always make sure to replay this game specifically once or twice a year, and if that doesn’t speak volumes of it’s quality im not sure what will. I would even go as far to say that it’s better than Mario 64 in nearly every single way.

Bater de frente com Super Mario 64 não é pra qualquer um. E Banjo-Kazooie consegue ir além com seu carisma e jogabilidade que lembra um metroidvania na maneira como elas vão sendo liberadas. Visualmente envelheceu bem, o que é um feito e tanto, os jogos de N64 são bem sofríveis. A câmera em alguns momentos vai causar problemas. Tem hora que a física meio estranha vai te derrubar de algum lugar alto super chato de chegar. Mas nada disso tira a satisfação que é jogar esse collectathon que não se tem mais hoje em dia.

Some of the most charming worlds in a 3D platformer, collecting never gets boring and the game just oozes charm. It's what every collectathon should strive to be.

Still one of my favorite games of all time, glad to get back to it for the first time in about a decade. The ability to play this portable on the Switch was great.