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2BGC Ep. 11 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

The eleventh game for the 2-Bit Game Club will be The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) for the N64.

Zelda was a big kid on the block long before there was 3D gaming, with four hit games for the NES, SNES, and DMG, the series was already a heavy hitter in the games industry, but in 1998 Miyamoto and Aonuma released what would be Nintendo’s heavy weight champion.


Zelda wasn’t the first Nintendo series to bridge the gap from 2D to 3D, but it did so with universal acclaim. The game stands with an invincible 99% on Metacritic, having received perfect score from IGN, Gamespot, and became the first game to receive 40/40 from Famitsu.

If you haven’t played this game you’re missing out on a cornerstone of gaming history. Even if you don’t enjoy 3D action adventure games with compasses and dungeon maps The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is worth playing for the historical value alone.

To find a copy ofThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time try your friendly retro game store. Versions of the game are available for N64, Gamecube, 3DS, and virtual console. Join in the discussion about this piece of video game history and share your thoughts with us. You can find the 2-Bit Game Club around the web at the following:

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Banjo-Kazooie Live Stream

Bear and Bird

Join Liam Gallagher and Emily Hjermstad as they play Banjo-Kazooie in prep for the 2-Bit Game Club Podcast. Learn more about Banjo-Kazooie here. The live stream will be hosted here, and the videos will be saved here.



2BGC Ep. 3 Announcement – Banjo-Kazooie

The 2-Bit Game club’s Third game will be Banjo-Kazooie (1998) for the N64, and XBox 360.

Bear and Bird

Bear and Bird

With an aesthetic that straddles the line between a fairy tale and unicorn vomit, Banjo-Kazooie is a memorable and polarizing game of the early 3D console era. Combing adventure and platforming in a fully 3D world, Banjo (bear) and Kazooie (bird) embark on a quest to save Tooty (Banjo’s sister) from the evil witch Gruntilda. What follows is a collect-athon through a series of worlds with the regular cast of adventure scenarios: the jasmine scented far east, sand swept pyramids, pirate coves, and industrial complexes.

From the mind of Gregg Mayles (Super Donkey Kong Country) and with the fantastic score by Grant Kirkhope (GoldenEye: 007), Banjo Kazooie is a light hearted romp that will not leave your mind intact, for better or for worse.

With few predecessors in the 3D adventure environment, clear lines of influence can still be drawn from other fantastical titles like the Mario series, the Rayman series, and Rare’s own Donkey Kong Country. The Comparisons to Mario 64 are also readily available. Where this title stands above the crowd is it’s unabashed exuberance and vitality, if there were ever a game standing in opposition to the chest high walls brown games of the 2000s it would be this one.

You can find Banjo Kazooie for the N64 at retro game stores like Toronto’s A&C Games. Also try out the XBox Live Arcade. Emulation is also possible for those with a dubious relationship to intellectual property.

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