Dream: The Beginning of Banjo Kazzooie

A Look At Dream, The Unreleased Predecessor To Banjo-Kazooie

        It may be hard to believe now, but there was once a time when Rare was one of the premier studios in video games. Battletoads, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Goldeneye, some of the greatest and most groundbreaking games of the SNES and N64 generations came from this one studio. Arguably the best among these, the crowning jewel of this time of success was their 1998 release: Banjo Kazzooie. It is a game that is still talked about by developers and gamers alike and the winner of dozens of awards upon release. It is interesting to note then that the original game that Rare began developing looked nothing like the Bajo Kazzooie that we know today. It was a game about a boy and his dog, going on a quest in a fantastical land. So fantastical in fact that the game was originally titled Dream, and featured everything from troll monsters to dinosaurs. Luckily for us, Rare recently released a short mini-film describing Dream and the design and inspirational changes that led to changing from the story of a boy to the story of a bear. It’s a glimpse into the minds of some of the industries greatest game making minds, and a fun little slice of video game history.

-CDL

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