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The Best Games Period - Episode 83 - Banjo-Kazooie

Jack Gardner



After a great many technical issues (THE ENTIRE EDITING COMPUTER DIED!), here is the long overdue episode on Banjo-Kazooie! Rare's 1998 N64 followed in Mario 64's groundbreaking footsteps with a song in its heart and an aura positively radiating whimsy. The collectible-heavy 3D platformer starred an anthropomorphic bear named Banjo and his bird pal Kazooie. The duo took off on an adventure to defeat the powerful witch Gruntilda who had kidnapped Banjo's sister because she was... too cute? The ensuing worlds wove a distinct spell all their own with the help of Grant Kirkhope's amazingly memorable score and a colorful cast of characters. 


Does Banjo-Kazooie hold up as well today as it did in the late 90s or is it seen through rose-colored glasses for its undeniable charm? 


And, yes, there certainly was a gap between episodes, so there will probably be a few special podcasts to make up for that in the coming weeks!


Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.



Outro music: Banjo-Kazooie 'Big Room Gobi' by B-laze (


You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it!


If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod 


New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday

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