Nintendo 64x64

59/64

2000

Banjo-Tooie

"Rare?s follow-up to Banjo-Kazooie didn?t arrive on the N64 with quite the same amount of impact as that of its first 3D platformer, but it was nevertheless impressive, and one which drew much critical acclaim. Banjo-Tooie is an even bigger game that achieves a number of technical feats, such as long draw distances and real-time shadows, without the need for an N64 Expansion Pak."

9/10 - Martin Watts 64

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User Reviews (9)

"A late release, Banjo-Tooie builds on its sublime predecessor to produce a larger, more complex and even prettier game. A particular highlight are its interconnected worlds, which allow for some clever, multi-level puzzles. Moves are better, transformations are better, and the wry humour is intact (sans Grunty's rhyming couplets), yet Tooie is so big that it almost begins to buckle under its own weight."

8/10 - mookysam 64

"Great game. I think the main issue is that with the longer levels, the bad ones seem to be even more infuriating (such as the terrible Terrydactyl Land). That said, there is loads more to do and is a great follow up. Not sure if I find it better than the original, but it is certainly as good as. Buy, if you have enough $$$$$$$"

10/10 - SyntheticPerson 64

"+features more boss fights than Banjo-Kazooie +Witchy World and Cloud Cuckooland are memorable worlds +impressive draw distance and shadows +multiplayer mode +another great soundtrack -overinflated scale of everything makes Banjo-Tooie far less charming and more of a chore than Banjo-Kazooie -framerate issues -unlike Banjo-Kazooie, enemies respawn after enough time has passed -requires a lot more backtracking -overworld is not as interesting as Grunty's Castle"

6/10 - VGScrapbook 64

"When it comes to sequels, Rare know what they're doing. Banjo-Tooie takes everything great about its predecessor and runs with it. There's more depth with all the levels being cleverly inter-connected; more variety with difficult modes and challenges; and more content with extra collectables and a multiplayer mode. It's a fantastic game, but the original's somewhat simplicity makes that the better of the two."

9/10 - GreenGaming 64

"While Tooie may have prettier graphics than its predecessor, it doesn't quite hit the same level of greatness. The vastness of the game can at times be a bit much, and what's new (playing as Mumbo, Banjo and Kazooie splitting up, etc) doesn't always work to create entertaining gameplay. Still, a great game. Just doesn't quite measure up to the original game's sheer perfection."

9/10 - bizcuthammer 64

"This game is huge! Sometimes so much so that you´d want it to be smaller. Some of the missions involving travelling trough worlds are boring, but otherwise the huge adventure that is Banjo-Tooie is a blast to play. Simply 3D platforming at it's glory days (someone, please make games like this again!). If the single player isn't enough for you, check out the multiplayer."

10/10 - Luffymcduck 64

"Was there anything truly bad in Banjo-Kazooie? I'm pretty sure there wasn't, but Rare decided to improve their Banjo games anyway and boy do we have a gem here. The results are glorious. Banjo-Tooie is bigger and better, you can see how much polishing went into it wherever you go in the game. The cliffhanger, looking back at it now is a bit sad."

9/10 - Truner 64

"This game is really fun and really satisfying. The puzzles all make you feel completely rewarded one you've completed them. However, the world can be a little too huge sometimes. many times i just got lost and had to look up a walkthrough just to figure it out. Compared to Banjo Kazooie, it is much better. Also bottles dies. ;-; rest in piece little bottles."

8/10 - NintendoDork 64

"Banjo Tooie is very much a B-side to Banjo Kazooie's wondrous charm. The worlds feel more unweildy and disjointed, some possibly salvaged from the cutting room floor. But the magic is still there in spades as you hop, skip and propel your way through countless jiggy challenges and surreal bosses. Even though it is far from Rare's best, few platformers reach BT's heights - Guh-Huh!"

8/10 - YoshiTails 64

Comments (27)

N64Memories

Currently working my way through this game. I'm finding it much tougher from the off than BK was. Nevertheless an enjoyable game that I am having great fun with.

Spoony_Tech

I agree that the first was still my favorite but with that said as a stand alone this was still an excellent game! Rare could almost do no wrong.

rodaco

I didn't even know this game existed. One for me to look up for in a VC release.

Zanark

@rodaco I somehow doubt it will see a vc release on nintendo console. The company that made the game is owned by microsoft now.

XyVoX

This definatelty stands as one of the 10/10 games the N64 had, so much bigger than the first game in everyway.

Joestar-

My favorite N64 game, it is the perfect example of what a sequel SHOULD be! It perfectly builds off the last game and it's not a bug to relearn all your abilities from this game. The worlds are MUCH more challenging than the first one and they really test your wit. 10/10 Give it a try if you like Platformers or anything Nintendo

mid_55

That review is a grammatical nightmare

bizcuthammer

@rodaco sorry, mate. Won't be happening anytime soon barring a miracle. Rare is owned by Microsoft now. So their non-DK games will probably never hit VC. That said, if you own an Xbox 360, you can download both BK games on Live's Arcade. Or you could do the best thing and buy the original cartridge on N64 and play it the way it was meant to be played.

jakysnakydx

I started this back up a few months ago - almost 100% done

electrolite77

@bizcuthammer

I agree in thepry about getting the original but have you seen how much it sells for now? Wow. One of those N64 games like Conker, Paper Mario and Mario Party 3 that regularly sell for more than their original RRP

ULTRA-64

@electrolite77 I know right, crazy prices for some of those right now!! I was inspired by these reviews to buy an 64 again and rebuild my old cartridge collection.....it started well but now I'm looking up specific games some of the prices are crazy!! The three games I most wanted to re buy were this, conkers quest and majoras mask.....I never would have thought that the Zelda gold cart would be the cheapest!

ULTRA-64

@bizcuthammer I had no idea they had re done them on x box! I knew they made a new one....nuts and bolts or something but not the old two. Are they on disk too as I would buy a 360 just for these....so long as I don't have to subscribe to anything?

Zombie_Barioth

@PokeMarioR
Took the words right out of my mouth;)

The game just owned the fact that it was a sequel, it didn't try to scrap everything in an attempt to seem like a completely different game like most do or anything. Seeing how the world changed was one of the best parts, not many games allow for that either.

antipop621

Bought this used. I remember a first-person shooter section of the game being particularly infuriating.

Yasume

This game's still my favorite game of all time after all those years.

SyntheticPerson

@ULTRA-64 Only on XBLA, I'm afraid. They play pretty well although I don't think they look that much better in HD. Just a bit smoother.

Samuel-Flutter

We got this game on Christmas and I had to be pried away to go to my grandparents to get more presents. It's that good.

Henmii

Banjo Tooie wasn't as good as the original. For example you had infinite lives. Wich is almost a staple nowadays, but back then I wanted to see a Gameover screen now and then. Also, the humor was more crude. And you didn't need to collect all the music-notes (from one world) in a single sitting, something I also missed. Overall it was more, more, more, but that didn't make the game necesarily better. In its defence, I liked that there where multiple bosses this time around. Don't get me wrong, its a fun game. And it sure has some memorable moments, like the awesome Atlantis. But its nowhere as good as Banjo Kazooie!

YoshiTails

@Henmii agreed - it's not as unified and smooth an experience as the first - a lovely little bundle Banjo Kazooie is, to be fair probably impossible to top - the sheer quality of every world musically and thematically.

Dpishere

Another classic RARE title that I had a great time with! I rented it as a kid, but didn't play it much and didn't do so until it was released for xbox live years ago. So glad I got it then as it still holds up as a superb game, though not with the same impact as the first game.

ReigningSemtex

I loved both both Banjo kazooie and Banjo Tooie Rare made some excellent games before the Microsoft acquisition now they are only Rare by name still I enjoyed playing through both of these again on the 360

Luffymcduck

Few things I forgot to mention in review. This game suffered more from the slowdowns than the original, though that didn't really stop me from enjoying it.

I really liked the more badass story. Bottles is killed at the beginning and he's resurrected just in time for the dinner, hahaha.

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