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Banjo-Kazooie Was A '90s Super Mario 64 Knockoff That Was Actually Better Than The Original

Super Mario 64 might be the father of platformers, but an extremely compelling case can be made that Banjo-Kazooie is actually the best platform game for the N64, and one of the best Nintendo 64 games, period. The main characters alone make Banjo-Kazooie more fulfilling as they have actual personalities. In comparison, Mario said, "Wahoo!" when he jumped - end of character profile.

None of this is to suggest that Super Mario 64 wasn't a great game - it absolutely was and was absolutely revolutionary. But Banjo-Kazooie is too often viewed as a knock-off, and while it was inspired by the exploits of its Italian predecessor, it took the format to a whole new level. If only the two could have had a crossover, although Diddy Kong Racing (another great knock-off) offered something close to that by suggesting the two occupied the same universe.

Mario may stand atop the highest pedestal in the pantheon of video games, but here's why Banjo-Kazooie was the best version of the style innovated by the former. Be warned, after reading this you'll almost certainly have an irresistible urge to go buy Banjo-Kazooie, and maybe even a 64 if you don't have one, or yours can be revived with no amount of spittle-spewing blowing.