With all the hype about Yooka-Laylee (I want this game) coming around the corner, I decided to sit down and relive some moments I had as a young adult. Banjo-Kazooie was one of the games that made me want an Nintendo 64 so bad that I had to cry to my parents to get it. Surprisingly I got one for my birthday. I couldn’t believe it as my parents were kind of mean but it happened. I’m sure everyone knows this but I sat there for hours trying to figure out how to get that stupid ice key. Believe me I still feel stupid today. That’s not all the game was about though. I love the graphics especially during the time frame when it was released in 1998. It wasn’t polygonal like Super Mario 64 even though that’s still a favorite of mine but seeing Spiral Mountain for the first time and hearing the music, I knew for a fact that I was in Heaven.
Is this what it feels like to be in Heaven? That tingly sensation you get every time you load up this game? If this is true then yes, I do not want this feeling to end. Since I have my Nintendo 64 currently put away (For various reasons mind you) I’ve been playing this on Xbox One and Rare Replay. It’s an updated version with the graphics looking crisp in High Definition and the music sounding surprisingly clear. Of course the beginning being a bit different since Microsoft bought out Rare. I still prefer seeing the N64 logo squeaking by and it’s scene that’s very nostalgic for me.
I’ve actually noticed the other night when I was playing Freezeezy Peak something a bit odd. On a normal occasion I get the turbo trainers before heading into the world but this time I completely forgot and had to go back and retrieve them. I usually collect the music notes before I leave the world since coming back will re spawn them. I didn’t think anything of it so I went to Gobi’s Valley and came back to complete the world when I noticed coming back in the notes didn’t re spawn. I’m so use to them re spawning that on the Nintendo 64 version I get mad because not only do they get in the way of the last race with Boggy but it makes me think that I have to recollect them all over again. Well done Microsoft, well done.
To wrap up everything on this rant, Banjo-Kazooie is awesome. Simple as that may sound you must now go play it. Why? Because I said so.