Chapter Select: Season 3, Episode 1 – Banjo-Kazooie

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Welcome to Season Three-ie of Chapter Select! Strap on your backpack, work on your rhyming schemes, and prepare to nab a lot of collectibles because this season revolves around Banjo-Kazooie. Max Roberts, Logan Moore, and special guest Michael Koczwara climb up Spiral Mountain to face the green witch and all her cronies. If Microsoft won’t give the Bear and the Bird a proper three-quel, we will (…talk about them).

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Metacritic – 92/100 (77/100 for 360)

This episode was originally recorded on April 7 , 2022.

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DF Retro: Dinosaur Planet – Digital Foundry

DF Retro: Dinosaur Planet – Inside Rare’s Lost N64 Game + Star Fox Adventures Comparisons! by John Linneman for Digital Foundry

Spending so much time with Banjo-Kazooie lately for Chapter Select reminded me of Rare’s Dinosaur Planet. I remember the build leaking last year and Digital Foundry publishing this analysis, but I never got around to watching it. Now in full blown Rare mode, I’ve finally come back to watch. A fascinating look at cross-generational development back in the early 2000s. We don’t get leaps like this between console generations anymore.

Chapter Select Season 3 is Banjo-Kazooie

Welcome to Chapter Select Season Three-ie!

Logan and I are thrilled to be exploring the Banjo-Kazooie series for the third season of Chapter Select. It’s been a long time coming, but it is still a shorter turn around than a proper Banjo-Tooie sequel.

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As for this season’s slate of episodes, here is the order we have for Season 3:

  • Episode 1 – Banjo-Kazooie (Nintendo 64), releasing on May 18, 2022 with special guest Michale Koczwara.
  • Episode 2 – Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (Xbox 360), releasing on June 1, 2022 with special guest Michael Ruiz.
  • Episode 3 – Banjo-Tooie (Nintendo 64), releasing on June 15, 2022 with special guest Brian Henken.
  • Episode 4 – Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge (Gameboy Advance), releasing on June 29, 2022.

This season has the highest ratio of guests to episodes so far in the show’s history. While tied with Season 1 – Paper Mario with three guests, there’s more variety to go around this season. We are stoked for the voices you’ll hear alongside Logan’s and my own as we explore Banjo-Kazooie.

The art this season was a challenge for me. I’ll save the deep dive for the “look back” post when Season 3 wraps up, but I was heavily inspired by my own Wiki Stories and the recent emoji kick I have been on. It’s like I just discovered the variety emoji have. 👀 Finding the font designed by Oakland Elliff gave the art the final push it needed.

The teaser we released is one of my favorite ideas come to life. It would not have been possible without the technical prowess and knowhow of Michael Koczwara. I am eternally in his debt for bringing my whacky idea to life.

I hope you are as excited for Season 3: Banjo-Kazooie as I am. The first episode will be launching next Wednesday, with new episodes following in a fortnightly manner. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! 

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