(Nintendo 64)

Banjo Tooie (Nintendo 64)

Game Profile

In a relatively uncommon example of Rare leaping from one game straight into production on its sequel, Banjo-Tooie first saw the light of day on N64 consoles in late 2000. The plan was to carry over the fundamental gameplay and trademark sense of humour from Banjo-Kazooie, and make everything else bigger, bolder and better.

Which was just as well, as with nemesis Gruntilda exhumed by her coven (now back up to its full three members) and hellbent on a new and even more destructive scheme, Banjo and Kazooie were going to need a substantial kick up the arsenal and plenty of help from debutantes such as Jamjars, Honey B and Humba Wumba. Established mole sidekick Bottles was sadly out of the running for reasons including his temporary jaunt into the afterlife.

This timely sequel went down a storm with an audience already won over by its predecessor. The team's determination to expand the Banjo experience resulted in eight vast interconnected worlds, momentous boss battles, a sweeping parade of characters and transformations, all-new minigames and multiplayer modes, and of course the ability for bear and bird to split up and tackle challenges individually. Not to mention playable Mumbo. Oh yes, playable Mumbo.

Game Review

Review

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Posted by Thomas Bowskill

Can you bear second helpings?

Banjo Kazooie was a game that revolutionised platforming on the N64: Rare's off-the-wall-humour, creative level design and sublime controls made it the pinnacle of platforming on Nintendo's console. Fans of the original will most likely remember Rare's...

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User Comments (5)

WanderFan91

#2

WanderFan91 said:

:) I loved Banjo Kazooie, even though I didn't play it much (visiting hours, you see). Tooie I never played. Maybe I should trade in a console of mine for an N64...

RetroNL

#4

RetroNL said:

Probably one of the best platformers I have ever played, it has not the charm of Banjo Kazooie though this game has more extras to it, but that doesnt take away that this game is truly very great.

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