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Games That Rocked…Jenny Williams’ World – #48: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

In Wii on December 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

Title: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Format: Wii

Released: January 12th, 2007

WarioWare Box Art

I’m not what you’d call a hardcore gamer. That’s not to say I’ve never played (there was many a month in my childhood when all my father saw of me was the top of my head, as I hunched over a boxy, grey console attempting to line up various descending boxes into neat rows), but they’ve never been as important to me as they have been to some of my friends. I suspect one of the problems is I have quite limited taste in games. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Luke Malkin’s World – #36: Banjo-Kazooie

In N64, Xbox 360 on May 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Today’s post is by Luke Malkin.

Title: Banjo-Kazooie

Format: N64, Xbox 360 (XBLA)

Released: 17th July, 1998

BK Box Art

Because I’m a box-ticker of a human being, back in the days where you thought it was a good idea to brand your Facebook profile with anything you’ve ever liked, one of the first groups I joined was called “Banjo-Kazooie was my childhood”. Such is my fanboy allegiance to this classic.

Anyone who paid attention to the history of the N64 will know how Rare, the British game developers from Tycross, really bolstered Nintendo’s gaming collection. While Nintendo created the backbone with arguably some of the greatest video games of all time (Ocarina of Time, Lylatwars, Mario Kart 64), Rare filled out the N64 with some real gems. When I look back on my N64 cartridge collection it’s Rare, with titles like Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64 that evoke a stronger sense of nostalgia. But nothing makes my childish heart flutter like their pinnacle; Banjo-Kazooie. Read the rest of this entry »

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