Banjo-Kazooie Returns; An Interesting N64 ROM Hack

When it comes to the Banjo-Kazooie series… well Rare hasn’t been too good for it in recent years.  With Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts being an awkward vehicle building game instead of a platformer and the last game before that being a handheld title, the last we’ve really seen of the traditional Banjo gameplay was back in 2000 on the Nintendo 64.  But while Rare themselves may have forgotten about the series and Yooka-Laylee may be a while off yet, one individual has been working on something that might really interest fans of the bear and bird duo.

Take a look at Banjo-Kazooie Returns, a full mod of the original game that turns it into a whole new adventure, courtesy of Super Zambezi of Mario Party Legacy fame:

So what’s interesting here?  Well, quite a lot actually.  Like the weird new Christmas themed world with a somewhat darker tone to Freezeezy Peak from the original game.  Or the new summer like forest area, or the ruined castle esque level in what appears to be a desert.  All seem like quite interesting new world designs that feel rather different to those in Rare’s previous games.

Either way, Banjo-Kazooie Returns looks like an interesting attempt at a new Banjo-Kazooie adventure, and should definitely please fans of the original games when it’s finally released.


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