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Banjo-Kazooie is a 3D platform/adventure video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. The game stars a bear named Banjo and a bird named Kazooie who set out on a quest to rescue Banjo's sister, Tooty, who has been kidnapped by the witch Gruntilda. Along their journey, Banjo and Kazooie receive help from Mumbo Jumbo the shaman and Bottles the mole, as well as from various other characters in smaller roles.

It was originally known by the project name Dream for Super Nintendo, which starred a boy named Edison who got into trouble with a group of pirates lead by Captain Blackeye. [1] After its code was transfered to the Nintendo 64, it was shown at the 1997 E³ as Banjo-Kazooie. The game received a significant amount of hype, partly due to being marketed as the game that would be to the N64 what Donkey Kong Country was to the SNES in terms of an advancement in graphics. Originally, it was supposed to be released as Nintendo of America's big holiday game for 1997 with a Taco Bell toy promotion lined up, but Rare needed to delay it several months. Instead, Diddy Kong Racing took its place, and with Banjo as a character in that game as well, it turned B-K into an incidental spin-off of the Donkey Kong franchise. Banjo-Kazooie went on to become one of the most popular games for the console.

This game is also known as Banjo to Kazooie no Daibouken in Japan.

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Rare releasing collectable vinyl soundtracks of Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, and Perfect Dark

The realistic Banjo-Kazooie cover is slightly horrifying

Aug 03 at 2:26pm, by Maxfield Navarro | 15 comments

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awesomepossum123 blogged
Jul 29, 13 6:03pm

I love Banjo Kazooie. I started playing it when I was four with my older brother and loved it ever since. Probably one of the best games of all time, and definitely the best in the series. BanjoKazooie
Lone Lab
Dec 22, 11 9:33am
Now this is a true game that brings back true, sweet memories. BanjoKazooie
Dec 21, 11 10:17am
This game... so many good memories... t'was brilliant and always will be. BanjoKazooie
nasty nappa
Aug 26, 11 8:07am
an awsome aventure about some bear and a bird BanjoKazooie
Lone Lab
Aug 09, 11 7:04pm
I just love this game... it's so fun and exciting! BanjoKazooie
x Hazel Eyes x
Jul 26, 11 8:11pm
I just love this game... it's very entertaining and funny! BanjoKazooie
Jul 08, 11 12:18am
awesome choice for 64. BanjoKazooie
Oct 06, 10 8:26am

Banjo-Kazooie is one of my all time favorite games, almost to the point where I...

Aug 27, 10 7:30am
Really good game. I just finished it 100%. BanjoKazooie
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  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Rare
  • Genre: Platform (N64)
  • Perspective(s): Third Person
Release Dates
  • North America: Jun 29, 1998
  • Japan: Dec 5, 1998
  • Europe: Jul 7, 1998
  • Australia: Jul 7, 1998
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