Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko

Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko is a 3D platformer collect-a-thon for the Nintendo 64 and the Playstation and is the third installment in the Gex series. Continue reading “Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko”

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Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 is a 3D platformer for the Nintendo 64. Princess Peach invites Mario over to her castle to have some cake. Upon his arrival, Mario is informed that Bowser has kidnapped the princess and stolen the power stars, trapping everyone within the castle walls and entrusting the power stars to his minions. It’s up to Mario to jump into various paintings to enter the many worlds within the castle, recover the stars to unlock the doors, defeat Bowser, and save Princess Peach. Continue reading “Super Mario 64”

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge is an isometric platformer collect-a-thon for the Game Boy Advance. This game was released after Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie on the Nintendo 64, so I’m going to assume you’re up to speed on the previous two games from personal experience or perhaps from checking out my other reviews. While it was released after these two games, it actually takes place between them a few months after the events of Banjo-Kazooie. Continue reading “Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge”

Banjo-Tooie

Banjo-Tooie is the sequel to Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo 64. Like its predecessor, Banjo-Tooie is a 3D platforming collect-a-thon. The story picks up two years after the events of Banjo-Kazooie. We open to a cutscene of Mumbo, Bottles, and our main heroes in a card game when out of a wall in Spiral Mountain appears a giant drilling machine. It turns out the drivers of this device are none other than Gruntilda’s sisters. They free her from her prison underneath a rock that her minion, Klungo, has been unable to move all this time. She emerges as a predominantly skeletal figure. Two years under a rock will do that to ya. But her sisters reassure her that they have a plan to fix this. The group hears the commotion and Mumbo volunteers to check it out. Continue reading “Banjo-Tooie”

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a 2.5D platformer for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s actually a port/remake of the Wii game Donkey Kong Country Returns. Unfortunately I never got the chance to play the original game on my Wii before it broke. I’ve played the original three Donkey Kong Country games to some extent, with most of my experience being with Donkey Kong Country 2. I’ve also play Donkey Kong Land. So I have a bit of an idea of what the originals were like, but I’m certainly not what you’d call a veteran to the series. This game might not have been made by Rare, but it’s clear that the developers understood what made the original games fun and expanded on those ideas. Continue reading “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D”