#4 Banjo Series

13 05 2008

The Banjo series on the Nintendo 64 includes the first Banjo game, Banjo Kazooie, and its sequel, Banjo Tooie. Both games are some of the best platformers on the console. Not only being great platformers, the Banjo games were the technical pinnacle of the console.

You play Banjo, a goofy looking bear supported by his bird pal, Kazooie. Their mission, to thwart Gruntilda the witch and rescue Banjo’s sister, Tooty.

The games refined many of the game play mechanics from the groundbreaking Super Mario 64. You explore non-linear 3D worlds while collecting a horde of different tokens to progress through the game. Banjo and Kazooie work together to perform moves which makes for an interesting twist to the platformer genre. On top of that, a key character, Mumbo Jumbo, has the power to turn Banjo ans Kazooie into different creatures that have special abilities.

Graphically the game is technological feat. The textures are beautiful and the coloring of the game is stunning. The character designs are also extraordinary for their unique designs with googly eyes slapped on them.

The sound in the game is stunning. The music adapts every time you move from one world to another without cutting. Also, the charcters don’t speak, but they have a charming sound effect that loops when they talk along with text.

Overall, the Banjo games are a couple of my favorite platformers of all time.

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