Banjo-Kazooie is an action/adventure platforming video game developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64 console. It was first released on June 29, 1998 in North America and has since been re-released as an Xbox Live Arcade game for the Xbox 360 on December 3, 2008.
The musical score for Banjo-Kazooie was composed by Grant Kirkhope. In Banjo-Kazooie, his music gives a very distinctive feel to the various worlds that Banjo and Kazooie will travel through. The following is a piano arrangement of Banjo-Kazooie’s main theme – Mumbo’s Mountain
Title: Banjo-Kazooie – Mumbo’s Mountain
M U M B O’ S M O U N T A I N
Written By: Grant Kirkhope
Published By: Banjo-Kazooie Instruction Manual. Page 8.
Length: 1 minute, 9 seconds
Difficulty: Intermediate (15/20)
The Banjo-Kazooie franchise has been around for a long time and is very well known. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts was released on November 23, 2008 and Banjo Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge was released in October 2003. Banjo-Kazooie shares many of its characters with Banjo-Tooie, which was released in 2000. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts is one of many XBLA games that are Electronic Arts (EA) published. Banjo-Kazooie has spawned four sequels/spinoffs to date, including Banjo-Tooie, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge, Banjo-Pilot and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
The Banjo-Kazooie franchise is known for its great music; Banjo-Kazooie had an archive which contained the game’s entire musical score. Banjo-Kazooie was later re-released on the Xbox 360 as an XBLA game for 800 Microsoft points. Banjo-Kazooie’s music is often very jolly and cheery, however it can be somber at times – especially when you learn about Banjo’s sister Tooty being kidnapped by Gruntilda after Banjo and Kazooie beat her in the first challenge. Banjo-Kazooie was generally well received by critics, earning a 9/10 from GameSpot. Banjo-Kazooie holds a metacritic score of 88 based on 14 reviews, with only one of those being below 90%.