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Banjo Kazooie (Nintendo 64) discussion [game]
 
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So I had some Microsoft Points to burn, and instead of downloading some highly-acclaimed, new LIVE ARCADE game, I opted for an old N64 favorite from back in the day. Why? I dunno. I guess I was feelin' the nostalgia bug this weekend or something. Whatever.

I was honestly kind of expecting to have buyer's remorse... I mean, the game was great, but was it the kind of game that really stands the test of time? Well, after having put in several hours last night (and unlocking a handful of achievements) I can safely say that, YES, the game is still good. Great, even.

Now I think I want to try out the sequel, Banjo-Tooie, a game I regret to admit that I've never played. I can't remember exactly why I didn't play it, considering I like the original so much. I think at the time, I was a poor college student, so I had to really cut back on my expenses. (I remember wanting buy, but not being able to afford, games like Excitebike 64, Ogre Battle 64, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day and others as well)

So, for those that HAVE played the sequel, is it as good? Worth downloading? It's only like, $10, I think... so either way I guess it's worth checking out, at least. Right? Or should I not even bother, and just stick with the original game and pick up something else on LIVE?

B... Banjo-Kazooie fans.... unite?

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Posted: 09/20/10, 21:12:34
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autokymatic said:
how would you guys rate from least to greatest, Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, and Donkey Kong 64?

Kazooie>>Mario64>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Tooie>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>DK64

that was some serious page-stretching -Pandareus
Posted: 09/22/10, 07:44:20  - Edited by 
 on: 09/22/10, 07:47:12
@autokymatic
Well....I haven't played any of those in quite a while, 7-8 years about. From what I remember and how much I enjoyed them I would rank Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie as equals. You could make a real good case for either game being the best. After that, I would go with Donkey Kong 64 and then Banjo-Tooie last. HOWEVER, a big reason why I would rank Tooie last is its technical shortcomings that were fixed in the XBLA version of the game. That being the case, I might rank Tooie before DK64, but I can't say for sure since I never beat it. DK64 is a collect-a-thon, but I still enjoyed it. It's actually a well put together game if you don't mind collecting tons of bananas.
Posted: 09/22/10, 07:58:16
bpumpkin777 said:
@autokymatic
Well....I haven't played any of those in quite a while, 7-8 years about. From what I remember and how much I enjoyed them I would rank Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie as equals. You could make a real good case for either game being the best. After that, I would go with Donkey Kong 64 and then Banjo-Tooie last. HOWEVER, a big reason why I would rank Tooie last is its technical shortcomings that were fixed in the XBLA version of the game. That being the case, I might rank Tooie before DK64, but I can't say for sure since I never beat it. DK64 is a collect-a-thon, but I still enjoyed it. It's actually a well put together game if you don't mind collecting tons of bananas.

i've never played either Banjo title, but i actually really enjoyed DK64 despite the monotony of banana-get at times. graphics were great, different characters were fun to play as, the music was awesome, and the game was rather challenging...

i may have to give Kazooie a try. is it as open/free as Mario 64 was?
Posted: 09/22/10, 08:38:28
@autokymatic
It's just as open and free as Mario 64 was. Banjo is much slower than Mario is though so it's not as fast-paced. It has a ton of charm and one of the most memorable games I've ever played. If you liked DK64, you'll love Kazooie. Go play it.
Posted: 09/22/10, 09:35:54  - Edited by 
 on: 09/22/10, 09:54:00


And didn't you guys get this in your mail? :




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Posted: 09/22/10, 16:42:12
@Smerd

I like how in that promotional video (which, yes! I did get that in the mail back in the day!) that after previewing Banjo-Kazooie, a cartoony, family-friendly game, the very next one they show is Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. The gameplay isn't censored either, and clearly shows Turok blasting away enemies and blood splurting all over the place.

Really showed the diversity of games on the system. Not sure if it was appropriate, but oh well.
Posted: 09/22/10, 17:16:40
I'd go:

1) Mario 64
2) Donkey Kong 64
3) Banjo Tooie
4) Banjo Kazooie

but my memories are fuzzy.

We should rank the platformers from last gen, including Sony's stuff. Maybe not. 'Platformer' has become a vague term.
Posted: 09/22/10, 17:45:25
@anandxxx

Sure.


Super Mario Sunshine
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
DK Jungle Beat
.
.

Jak and Daxter
Ratchet and Clank
Rayman 3
Sly Cooper
Ratchet and Clank 2
.
.
I-Ninja
Sly 2
.
.
.
Jak 2

I'm pretty sure that's all I played in terms of platformers last gen.

edit- Had forgotten POP and DK.
Posted: 09/22/10, 17:56:50  - Edited by 
 on: 09/22/10, 19:10:26
@Smerd

Is that Jon Lovitz in the BK video? It sounds a hell of a lot like him. If it is, that's awesome.
Posted: 09/22/10, 17:59:25
@DrFinkelstein

Yes it is - the one and only.

@GameDadGrant

Yeah - then they showed Mortal Kombat 4.... When I saw it I forgot that this game came out before F Zero X, Conker wasn't having a bad fur day yet, and wipeout 64 was still in the headlines...

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Posted: 09/22/10, 18:18:26
@anandxxx

Ranked platformers from last gen that I played: (and to keep it easy, I'm limiting it to consoles... no GBA stuff this time)

- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
- Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
- Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

Never got around to Rayman 3, and I'm not sure if Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time counts as a platformer or not. I mean, the Prince *does* do platforming, but... I dunno. *shrugs*
Posted: 09/22/10, 19:01:30
@anandxxx
Okaaaay... *cracks fingers* *gets arthritis later in life*

I didn't think to include 2D platformers, but I guess I didn't specify, so I will, too. I'm not going to include games like King of Swing, though. Nor will I include action stuff with platforming like Ninja 5-0. Nor Maximo (but if I did, it would be pretty damned high, believe you me).

1) Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
2) Super Mario Sunshine
3) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
4) Ratchet & Clank 2
5) Ratchet & Clank 3
6) Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
7) Ratchet & Clank

8) Klonoa 2
9) Sly Cooper 1
10) Jak & Daxter

Third to last) Jak III
Second to last) Sly Cooper 2
Dead Fucking Last) Jak II

To tell the truth, I'm not even sure about including Ratchet games and later Jak games, but they're always classified as platformers, so whatever. PoP is a different breed of platformer, too (but I love that game (for the story more than the platforming)).

I always cried "Objection!" last gen when people asserted that the PS2 had three series of platformers that were better than Sunshine. My ass. That game had some rough edges, but it controlled like an absolute dream. Mario was so quick and sprightly.

Plus, the game actually had platforming!
Posted: 09/22/10, 23:06:09
I regularly go back and replay Kazooie and Tooie. Of course, because of Tooie's scale, I have been known to stop my replays halfway through it. Hard to say which one I prefer, but Tooie just has so much more in it that you have to put a lot more into it to get everything out of it. It's also quite a bit more difficult.
Posted: 09/22/10, 23:19:50
Gah, I've been slacking off with Banjo-Kazooie lately... I'm getting wrapped up in Metroid: Other M.

I need to take like, a week off of work so I can just play (and complete) the various games I have on my backlog. There's just not enough time in the day to play all these games, seriously.
Posted: 09/23/10, 18:23:38
Grant Kirkhope just offered up the official soundtrack to Banjo-Kazooie for download. Hearing these classic tunes reminds me how much I liked, and miss, this game!



http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=199482
Posted: 04/03/13, 03:34:44
@NoName
Doesn't the music from the game belong to Microsoft? Is this legal?
Posted: 04/03/13, 03:50:09  - Edited by 
 on: 04/03/13, 03:50:23
@NoName

Cool! Banjo-Kazooie has one of my favorite soundtracks ever!
Posted: 04/03/13, 04:35:25
I played this game - and I had no desire to play this collect a thon ever again once I beat it 100%...

I promptly sold it and never looked back.
Posted: 04/03/13, 04:43:52
I absolutely positively love this game. Absolutely fantastic environments, music, humor and characters.

And a SEqual.
Posted: 04/03/13, 04:47:08
@WrathOfSamus777

Very good question. However, the guy that has it up for download is the guy that created the music, so I am sure he has more rights than Microsoft. I would hope so at least.
Posted: 04/03/13, 04:58:16
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