Banjo-Kazooie: Ranking Every Level From Worst To Best

"Raring" to revisit your childhood?


To put it plainly, Banjo-Kazooie is quite possibly the best 3D platform game ever made.

It took everything that Super Mario 64 had done two years prior and improved upon it. The controls, the camera, graphics, music, story - everything was leaps and bounds better than any previous offering in the genre.

But this was Rareware's M.O. back then - create the best looking, best sounding, and best feeling games on the market. They did it with Donkey Kong Country in the early 90s, and they did it again with Banjo-Kazooie in the late 90s.

And today, with Banjo hype at an all-time high thanks to his recent reveal as a DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I figured now would be a good time to revisit the game that made him a legend. After recently completing the game, I can confidently say - without an ounce of nostalgic bias - that this still holds up better than just about anything on the N64.

In fact, it's just as good as it always has been.

Now that I have sold you on replaying the game yourself, let's examine each level individually. Not counting Gruntilda's Lair, Spiral Mountain, Grunty's Furnace Fun, nor the Final Battle with Gruntilda, here is every level in Banjo-Kazooie ranked from worst to best.


Born in 1992. Lifetime native of Massachusetts. Part-time columnist. Aspiring actor/singer. Drinks iced coffee all year round. Loves pro-wrestling.