Video Game Review Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64 1998 Developer: Rareware Publisher: Nintendo
When the Nintendo 64 launched, they set the bar of 3D platformers way too high. Super Mario 64 was available from day one and it set everyone’s imagination on fire on the possibilities within a truly 3D landscape. After Mario though, there was a bunch of garbage. Players may have been dreaming up innovation but developers were perplexed on how to move platformers into the 3D dimension. Many were poor copycats of Mario while others were simply gimped copycats of Mario. Then Rare decided to make a game like Mario but bigger and have much more to do. Banjo-Kazooie is one of the biggest adventure games on the Nintendo 64. Sometimes bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better and for a lot that Banjo-Kazooie has going for it, it misses the boat on plenty as well.