The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker

The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker is a mod created by Kurko Mods which merges two classic games, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie into and all new and impressively crafted adventure.

Both published by NintendoBanjo-Kazooie and The Wind Waker are both critically acclaimed titles and follow the tale of trail blazing heroes on a quest to rescue their sister from the clutches of a great evil. Banjo-Kazooie was released for the N64 in 1998 while The Wind Waker was released for the Gamecube in 2003both games emphasize exploration and are revered amongst the best games of their time.

New Game Features

This game has the following new features

  • Banjo-Kazooie Gameplay
  • Wind Waker World
  • Graphics Overhaul

Game Description

If you want to see a video of The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker in action, check out the video below.

YouTube video

Packed full of charm, The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker is the perfect mashup of two timeless classics and provides long time Banjo-Kazooie fans with something new to throw themselves at since the last console release of a Banjo-Kazooie game way back in 2008. It combines the complex world and adventure of Wind Waker with the platforming and action focus of Banjo-Kazooie seamlessly into one grand and whimsical experience.

The tale follows Banjo and Kazooie as he wakes up on Outset Island and is informed Link’s acquaintance, the King of Red Lions, that Link was last seen returning to his home but no one has been able to get in contact with him. It is falls on Banjo and Kazooie to find the wayward hero.

Although you will not have the chance to explore the vast world offered in The Wind Waker as Banjo and Kazooie, this mod stands out as a beautifully crafted and stunning exploration of concept. Short but sweet (players may be able to get a few hours out of it) this mod is a work of art.

Title Screen

The Save Select screen serves as the title screen for this mod.

Legend of Banjo Title Screen


The graphics for this The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker have been completely overhauled from the base game as it implements all new models, items, objects, and tilesets to fit the Banjo-Kazooie theme. Overall, the mod looks fantastic presenting a number of familiar Wind Waker locations with downscaled graphics for the N64 engine it runs on. In spite of the necessary downscaling, the mod manages to present itself as being as visually stunning as The Wind Waker which released on the Gamecube (which allowed a much higher polycount and texture resolution than the N64 could handle.)


Gameplay in The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker is very similar to the gameplay in Banjo-Kazooie with many of the same moves and functions. Players will collect classic items such as Notes, Jiggies, and Honeycombs, and more while exploring Outset Island and fending off various BK themed enemies. The mod delivers the open-world adventuring style of The Wind Waker with BK’s own exploration oriented gameplay and crafts them together into a unique world of its own with depth and charm. While exploring, you will face bosses as well as unlock new areas through beautiful locales.


A combination of Wind Waker songs as well as BK songs were used for this mod, all of which were carefully and meticulously crafted and are presented in an amazing quality comparable to the quality of the original tracks that they cover.


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So is this game worth a try? The Legend of Banjo-Kazooie: The Bear Waker is a product of love and stands as a flawless mash-up of two timeless and deeply charming video-game titles. It takes the best of both words and works them together for an amazing experience that leaves you wanting more by the end of it. Fans of both franchises will undoubtedly love their time with this short but sweet diamond.

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