Banjo-Tooie Turns 14-Years-Old Today

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Banjo- Tooie, the sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, turns 14 today. Released on November 20, 2000, the game was part of Rareware's lineup of legendary games for the Nintendo 64, which included: Donkey King 64, Goldeneye 007, Conker's Bad Fur Day, and Perfect Dark.

Tooie was revealed at the end of Banjo-Kazooie, when Gruntilda--the antagonist of the series--warned Banjo that she would be back in the game's sequel. Taking place 2 years after the events of the first game, Gruntilda's sisters come to her aid.

After lifting the rock that crushed her at the end of Banjo-Kazooie, the three witches hatch a scheme to steal their enemy's life force and regain their youth.

This is similar to the story in Banjo-Kazooie, when Gruntilda wanted to rob Banjo's sister of her beauty.

Microsoft attempted to revive the franchise on the Xbox 360; Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts was released in 2008. And despite positive reviews--the game currently has a score of 79 on Metacritic--Nuts and Bolts is seen as a failure by fans of the franchise.

JonTron praised the game's atmosphere, visuals, and controls but stated that the game deviated too far from what made the series appealing.

For more about the Banjo- Kazooie franchise, visit its official website here.