Silly Scoundrels: Gruntilda

The Duck’s second silly scoundrel is another creation of Rareware’s, the rhyming witch Gruntilda and nemesis to the beloved bear and bird duo, Banjo and Kazooie! In this post, I’ll be focusing on her antics in the two main Banjo-Kazooie titles on the N64.  (I barely remember the handheld title, Grunty’s Revenge, and…there’s definitely not…

Silly Scoundrels: King K. Rool

The Duck’s first silly scoundrel debuted in 1994 with Rareware’s Donkey Kong Country.  This was the first game where we were introduced to Donkey Kong’s newest enemies, the crocodilian Kremlings, led by none other than King K. Rool, a large croc with a golden belly and a swollen eyeball.  Now that’s a name you should…

Listmas 2021: The Duck’s Top Relaxing Games

Around the holiday season, we all like to relax and spend time with family.  Or, if you’re a gamer like us, then you probably want to relax and spend time with some video games, and if your family insists on joining you, then…well, that’s what multiplayer games are for!  Today, the Duck shall be listing…

Resonance: Galleon Galaxy

Being the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and sporting the talents of the very same composer, Grant Kirkhope, it’s no wonder the soundtrack of Yooka-Laylee is so darn nostalgic.  Yooka-Laylee proved that it’s possible to feel nostalgia for a game within seconds of starting it.  From the similar personalities of the game’s titular buddy duo to…

Spooptober: Mad Monster Mansion

When I sat down to think about spoopy stuff in games, Banjo-Kazooie immediately jumped to mind. Rare games all have that curious quality of being 100% percent cartoony but still maintaining the potential for actual scares. Those scares are almost never intentional though; the only one I can think of is the Kong Temple in…

Resonance: Krook’s March

I have Donkey Kong Country 2 on four different consoles, SNES, Wii, Wii U, and now the Switch.  Needless to say, the game is a big deal to me.  As I replayed the game for the umpteenth time on the Switch, I was reminded of just how amazing the game’s soundtrack is.  In fact, this…

Cheeky Charlatans: Laylee

If you’re a lifelong fan of Banjo-Kazooie like we all are here at Virtual Bastion, then odds are you’ll also be familiar with its spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee.  The most important and most notable feature is the titular buddy duo, Yooka and Laylee, who serve as the replacements for Banjo and Kazooie, respectively.  While a chameleon…

Dinosaur Planet: The Cancelled Predecessor to Star Fox Adventures

Those familiar with Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube should be well aware that this was not your traditional Star Fox game. In fact, it was much more akin to a Zelda game than a series revolving around animal pilots flying about in the vacuum of space. Well, that’s because Star Fox Adventures was never…

Listmas 2020: The Duck’s Top 6 Favorite Bonus Content

With Christmas almost upon us, it might be nice to list some of our favorite gaming “gifts”, extra bonus content that the game developers didn’t have to include, but did anyway.  From bonus worlds to cut content to a secret island, this post discusses the Duck’s personal favorite bonuses found in video games!

It Only Took Me 26 Years to Get 101% in Donkey Kong Country

The title pretty much sums it up.  I grew up with the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy on the SNES.  I adore these games and have played them countless times over the years.  And while I have managed to get 102% in the second game and 103% in the third game, motivated to do so…