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Backlog Review: Banjo-Tooie (XBLA)

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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About ReeceTheBeastone of us since 5:40 PM on 10.29.2011

I'm Reece from England. I'm a newly-recruited News Writer for gaming site Explosion.com, and its all thanks to this here website and blog! I love it here, I love this community and I love to write. I'm always willing to read your blogs here too, so maybe we can be friends!

You can catch more of my work right here.
- Explosion.com
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Recent feature: Happy Birthday, Shigeru Miyamoto! Here Are His Best Moments and Quotes

I've been into gaming since I was about 4 years old, playing the Game Boy, PlayStation 1 and Sega Mega Drive (Genesis to you Americans! Damn you, stealing the better names). Having these systems around during my youth lead to the greatest and most-anticipated Christmas ever - the year I got my N64!

Ever since then I've been playing any and every game I can get my filthy mitts on, no matter what system or genre. I currently have a Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 and a 3DS. Come on Vita, get more games so I can buy you too!

My favourite games are Resident Evil 2, Zelda: The Wind Waker, Streets of Rage 2, Left 4 Dead, Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter at the handle @ReeceH92. If you do follow me, send me a PM on here so I know you're from Destructoid and I'll follow you back too if you like! I will be more active on there as I get more followers and won't just spam news stories, and I'd be happy to chat any of you. I'd appreciate it as I'm new there and the majority of my followers currently consist of sexbots. If they were real ladies at least I could pass myself off as some kind of Twitter pimp.

My promoted article:
- Collaboration: Nintendo and an old friend

Posts I'm proud of/had the most fun with:
- I Boiled A Broken Xbox 360 Game
- Resident Evil and Me - Part 2: Why REmake is the Scariest in the Series
- Top 10 Gaming Web Series