Rare’s famous bird-and-bear platformer passed me by when it hit the Nintendo 64 back in 1998, despite my abiding love of Super Mario 64. Gazing at stills and unbearably small, choppy videos on the Internet it looked like an overly chatty, bug-eyed imitation of Nintendo’s brilliant foray into the third-dimension. Even playing Banjo Kazooie now – the HD re-release newly on Xbox One thanks to Rare Replay – the impression holds up.

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