released on Dec 03, 2008

A remaster of Banjo-Kazooie

The Xbox 360 remaster of Banjo-Kazooie has visual and performance improvements over the Nintendo 64 version. In this version, the player doesn't lose the notes after getting out of a stage, which is a major difference over the original, since it doesn't require the player to get everything again after leaving or dying.

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um ótimo de jogo de plataforma, muito funcional, mas possui alguns problemas, como:
- da rusty bucket até a click clock tower (essa que é uma fase maravilhosa) se torna muito difícil progredir sem um guia por conta das jiggles necessárias
- o chefe final é bem frustrante, apesar de interessante numa primeira vista

First time playing.
Great game, not a 3d plataform kind guy but this one is really good.
Not a fun of the quiz at the end (terrible), but the game in general is amazing. Final battle is really good and the soundtrack is A+

Of all the games in Rare’s expansive catalog, Banjo-Kazooie best encapsulates the studio’s storied history. A quirky 3D platformer that represents Rare at the peak of the creative prowess, it was released on the Nintendo 64 at a time when the console was already flagging against Sony’s CD-powered juggernaut. The circumstances of its release, and Rare’s subsequent shift from working exclusively with Nintendo to joining Microsoft, have led the bear and bird to becoming a forgotten duo.
In any case, the creativity here is undeniable. Banjo-Kazooie feels like an indie developer’s fever-dream Unity platformer that was given enough support to blossom into a full-blown, high-quality game. Banjo and Kazooie are as zany as heroes come, and the supporting cast is even zanier. Who thought to pit the player against a crotchety green witch who always speaks in rhyme? And how about the “Game Over” cutscene, which in 2023 wouldn’t get off the drawing board, much less into the final source code? Green-skinned Barbie is so 1998.
Every room is different from the last, and the game always kept me in the dark about what was coming next. But when every level is an experiment, there are bound to be a few flops, and in Banjo-Kazooie the questionable design decisions disproportionately weigh down the back half. Rusty Bucket Bay and Click Clock Wood have finicky platforming bits, with long walks of shame when you inevitably fall and need to try again. Then there’s Grunty’s Furnace Fun, the final stage, whose name that’s only two-thirds true. It feels like a throwback to NES-era game design, with the bonus addition of guide-proof trivia questions thrown in just for kicks. I didn’t much enjoy it, though I admit I felt a small sense of satisfaction upon passing it and then laying the smackdown on the final boss.
While these sections are annoying in a modern context, one in which I have thousands of games to play and not enough time to play them, I suspect if I went back in time to 1998 I’d feel differently. Nintendo 64 game carts were expensive, and for a kid with just a couple of them, Banjo-Kazooie’s level of difficulty would’ve been a godsend, providing extra hours of fun. Although many players gave up before reaching the true ending, the good vibes they felt while dashing, jumping, and flying around the game’s lovingly crafted levels were crystalized in their memories for decades to come.
As I write this review, it’s already been over a week since I finished Banjo-Kazooie. Yet even now, with my playthrough not even a month behind me, I can already feel my recollections of the game growing fonder. Frustration fades away and only fond impressions of pure creative exuberance remain. Perhaps this explains why everyone thought Yooka-Laylee was a good idea until they didn’t.

I've held the (unpopular?) opinion that most of Rare's Nintendo 64 output has aged poorly. One game, however, that hasn't aged poorly is the original Banjo-Kazooie. This is still a captivating 3D platformer with incredible worlds, great collect-a-thon elements and a boatload of charm. It's a shame the rest of the series didn't sing to me, but this is still a phenomenal title.

Everything in the world of BK is so charming and alive. I wish Rare continued making games in this same joyful and colorful theme. Sadly, I didn't hear good things about the sequel but I might give it a try one day, who knows. Furnace Fun wasn't a good time for me, it heavily punishes people returning to the game after a long break, so I had to cheese my way through by looking up the wiki for answers (I feel bad for this). As for the final boss, it was probably the most fun and difficult boss fight I have ever played in a platformer. The game was so fun to play from start to finish. Highly recommended :)

Jogado no Xbox Game Pass pelo Cloud Gaming. Banjo-Kazooie é um jogo muito especial. A inventividade dos cenários, a diversão das músicas, o espírito de procurar e coletar, o design de personagens, tudo é muito, muito especial, remanescente de uma época em videogames que não vai voltar.
Mas Banjo-Kazooie também é um jogo antigo, com seus problemas (mesmo que a versão de X360 resolva alguns). Desafios levemente obtusos, controles que decidem não funcionar, progressões estranhas.
Podem me chamar de frouxo, mas o mês que esse jogo ficou parado já diz bastante sobre o porquê de eu deixar ele de lado por enquanto. Talvez as pessoas lembrem dele com carinho pela nostalgia, em uma época onde essas coisas não eram problemas, mas o melhor que tinhamos? Eu comecei tão animado, eu fiz o passeio na 1ª fase... simplesmente porque foi o que eu mais joguei do jogo quando criança.
Jogar Banjo-Kazooie e entender o quão especial ele é... só me faz querer que alguém reimagine Banjo-Kazooie para mais pessoas, incluindo eu, consiga entender o quão especial ele é.