As the dedicated, die-hard Banjo
fan I often claim to be, it pains to me admit that I never finished Banjo-Tooie
when I was young, and my prior experience with this spectacular sequel is brief. I played the original religiously back in the day. The N64 kid on YouTube? Thatís the US version of myself when receiving my N64, Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie
at Christmas. It stands as one my all-time favourite games Ė and if thereís a game that was even better than Super Mario 64 in my memory, you know that weíre talking serious.
Iíll just come out and say already that Banjo-Tooie
truly lives up to the original. Even with euphoric nostalgia glazing over my eyes when I think of the original, threatening to create bias in my mind, I am happy to say that Tooie
is better than I could have anticipated. Better than I could have dreamed
Aside from one anomalous level, Banjo-Tooie
is a complete joy from start-to-finish. There's still so much more to talk about: mini-games, boss battles, cheats, multi-player, Stop N' Swop... Itís difficult to describe the level of depth and ingenuity at play here to really do the game justice, and so I conclusively urge anyone with the MS points to spare to relive this 3D platforming classic. It stands as a prime example of a genre that has been mostly forgotten about this generation, and why this bear and bird more than deserve to stand beside (or indeed above) Mario in the hall of N64 greats.
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