Hall of Fame #26: ‘Banjo Kazooie’

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Goomba Stomp’s Hall of Fame is reserved for only those Nintendo titles that can be called absolute classics. Chosen by the crew of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, these bite-sized capsule reviews reflect what we’ve discussed on the podcast over the past six months. Look for more entries every 25 episodes we record.

For a developer that dominated the medium in the 90’s, it speaks volumes when one says that Banjo-Kazooie is one of Rare’s best. Banjo Kazooie took the foundation laid down in Mario 64 and built on that idea by adding an interesting 2-in-1 character design. Here’s a game that not only boasts a split-personality protagonist but also a hysterical game show finale and subsequent boss battle that force you to use every skill acquired across the game. The detailed graphics, immersive sound, and intricate level design helped win it two awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (Console Action Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Art/Graphics), but what makes the game stand out, is its self-awareness and utterly charming personality. (Ricky D)

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