Did anyone else have this experience? (Warning-Long Retrospective)
I remember when I was a youngin' making my mom take me to Wal-Mart so I could buy Pokemon Stadium with my christmas money (man was that game a disappointment...)and they had some BOGO deal, and they told me to pick another game for free. Being a small child pre-Nintendo Power subscription I freaked out, and obviously went for the one with colorful animals on the cover and a silly name, so I took home Banjo-Tooie and it instantly became my favorite game. The funny jokes, the silly animals, all the colors and music, it was amazing! Once I became old enough to use the internet though, everything changed...
There was ANOTHER Banjo-Tooie game?!
Oh, its Tooie, because two, and the other game is the first one. I was so excited to pop that in my Nintendo, but when it finally arrived... I was...well disappointed.
The graphics were muddier (Mumbo scared the hell out of me), everything was darker, the controls were stiffer (WHAT did they do to the roll attack?!) and the worlds where much smaller and more difficult. What happened to all my moves? Were's JamJars? Only five Jinjo colors? What the hell is a Tooty?! Why do the talking heads near the dialogue look nothing like some of the in game models?! Why is Gruntilda Green?! There are LIVES?! and by far, worst of all, if I die or make one little mistake I LOOSE ALL MY NOTES. I was a dumb kid! I died all time time! This game upset me, I felt betrayed. Kazooie had nothing on Tooie, and anyone who said otherwise was wrong.
But then I got older...
As a teenager I was getting to cravings again. I had a GameCube, but that darn Chao Garden was not filling my platforming needs. I decided to give Kazooie another chance (Seeing how at the time, EVERYONE on the internet insisted it was better) and then go right into Tooie. I was older and understood more about game design and entertainment. I was impressed at how intuitive Kazooie was. I could go into a level, and get everything I needed, then leave. While I missed some of returning to worlds and the interconnectivity, this just felt like a more streamlined and natural experience. I loved it, it was great! I could't wait to go straight into Tooie! But things were not how I remembered...So much of that time is spent walking back and forth, and this is a real problem in the bigger worlds, ESPECIALLY when Mumbo is involved. His gameplay boils down to: walk to a place, press A, leave. Yes the Warp pads helped, but it felt frustrating and tedious! And worst of all, the framerate, this game slowdown almost 90% of the time (which is extremely noticeable even in small instances due to the off rhythm Talon Trot)This was not my beautiful game! What was real? Which was better?
Then I was an adult and played them both on XBLA. Didn't care about any of that old stuff. They were fun, both masterpieces, equally amazing.
TDLR Played wrong order questioned life and in the end none of it mattered