Asix Days #9 – A Bird & a Bear

So I’ve been playing a lot of retro games lately on my Switch via Retroatch. It’s been fun to play some of the good ol’ classic, but what’s been really neat for me is discovering old gems that I never knew existed. I found one such game on the Gameboy Advance called Banjo-Kazooie Grunty’s Revenge. I thought the only Banjo-Kazooie game on the GBA was the kart racer, but it seems there was a more faithful Banjo-Kazooie game right under my nose.

If you aren’t familiar with Banjo-Kazooie it’s a game that came out on the N64 and is definitely top five. You play as a bear named Banjo who carries a bird named Kazooie in his backpack as they fight the evil witch Gruntilda who seems to be related to Bullhorn from Black Dynamite. The dynamic duo goes around collecting musical notes and puzzle pieces named jiggies to save the day. There’s even a mole named Bottles who teaches you moves and a skull person thing named Mumbo who transforms Banjo into things. It is simply a great and quirky N64 title that I would never imagine seeing in some form on the GBA.

Despite my skepticism, Grunty’s Revenge isn’t bad at all. It plays just like you would expect a Banjo-Kazooie game to work. There’s not much to say except what was already said about the N64 game. The only thing wrong with it is the false difficulty, the repetitive mini-games, and lame bosses, but other than that I’d say it’s a game worth picking up. Now I am about to go finish the game and beat Gruntilda. See you on the next Asix Days.

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