I'm 25! Looks like the voters most represented are the ones who played N64 as older kids and preteens.
I remember seeing Banjo-Kazooie for the first time in early 1999, I was 9 years old and at a friend's house. Her big brother was playing the game on his N64. I didn't know what it was, but he was playing as a bear with a big red bird on its back, and he was swimming around in this grimey place with a giant metal shark...it looked kinda scary and hard because of the air limit! We thought he was really good at video games, hahaha. My family already owned a Sega Genesis, and my parents were trying to raise five kids, so buying a new video game console was the last thing on their minds.
It may have been later that year that we went to our cousin's house, and he had the coolest game ever
: Zelda. All five of us wanted a N64 for Christmas so we could play that game called Zelda. We convinced them to get us an N64 along with Ocarina of Time. Both it and Majora's Mask have special places in my heart, but that's off-topic. My dad didn't want to buy video games outside of Christmas and birthdays, so we normally could only rent games with our meager kid allowance. We'd head to Blockbuster and pick out some N64 cartridges. I found Banjo-Kazooie one day and recognized it from my friend's house. Since we ended up renting that one over and over again, my mom eventually bought it. I might have been almost 11 when I got really into B-K.
It was a special experience for me, my twin brother and my little sister. I was super stubborn and cheeky like Kazooie, my brother was gentle and kind like Banjo, and my little sister was cute and sweet like Tootie. We'd take turns playing, and we'd read the dialogue aloud so my little sister could participate. We loved the music, the silly characters, the colors, the dialogue, the move set, the transformations, and the way you had to really look for everything. It was just entirely perfect. That Ice Key drove us nuts, though, so did that locked door in the "Machine Room." I don't really remember when I found out about how the whole Stop 'N Swop thing would have worked, I think I was searching for info for Banjo-Kazooie on AOL (
) and read about it. I was kind of sad that BT didn't connect to BK like originally planned, but finding mystery eggs & the Ice Key in it was good enough for me.
I would go to the Rare webpage a lot and see if there were updates on Banjo-Threeie. They never came. Then Rare was sold to Microsoft, and there was no way we were getting an Xbox. It was really depressing for me. By the time Nuts & Bolts came out I was getting ready for college, so I wasn't in a position to play video games often enough to justify buying one with my own money. I think about all those days just staring at the Rare website as a preteen, and now as an adult all this Yooka-Laylee spiritual successor thing elates me. It wasn't all for nothing! I wasn't the only person out there who cared about the bear & bird! I just have to say, thanks Playtonic! Way to make a kid's dream come true.
(Now, a REAL Banjo-Threeie would be nice, but this will more than suffice.)