Banjo Kazooie


"Banjo-Kazooie is a platform video game developed by Rare and originally released for the Nintendo 64 video game console on 29 June 1998 in North America and 17 July 1998 in Europe. It is the first instalment in the Banjo-Kazooie series and follows the story of the titular characters Banjo and Kazooie as they try to stop the plans of series antagonist Gruntilda, who intends to switch her beauty with Banjo's sister Tooty. The game features nine nonlinear levels where the player must complete a number of challenges like solving puzzles, jumping over obstacles, gathering objects, and defeating opponents. Banjo-Kazooie was originally designed as an adventure game named Project Dream for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but was later changed for the Nintendo 64. The game was a critical and commercial success, selling nearly two million copies in the United States and receiving an aggregated review score of 92 out of 100 from Metacritic. The game was praised for its detailed graphics, immersive sound, and intricate level design. In 1999, it received two awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences: Console Action Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Art/Graphics. A sequel, Banjo-Tooie, was released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000. In 2008, Banjo-Kazooie was re-released for the Xbox 360 through its Xbox Live Arcade download service. The game is also included in the Rare Replay video game compilation, released for the Xbox One in 2015." -