Surprise: Banjo-Kazooie Is Coming To Smash Ultimate

Nintendo is giving Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans something they’ve wanted for a long time: Banjo and Kazooie from 1998’s Banjo-Kazooie for the N64. Today, Nintendo announced that the bear and Breegull partners will land in Smash spring this year.

In a 2018 poll of 20,000 fans, Banjo and Kazooie ranked number one among most-desired fighters in Smash Ultimate. Nintendo’s been on a roll adding in fan favourites, as the Banjo and Kazooie announcement rides on the heels of long-requested fighters like Ridley and King K. Rool’s inclusion in the 2018 game.

In 2018, a fan tweeted at Xbox head Phil Spencer—Microsoft has the rights to the characters—asking whether he’d lend Banjo and Kazooie to Nintendo for Smash.

His response was short: “Yep.” (Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts and Banjo-Tooie are receiving Xbox One X Enhanced updates, Microsoft announced yesterday.) Looks like Spencer followed through.

We didn’t get a good look at how Banjo and Kazooie will fight in-game, unfortunately. But the duo was teased with the fighter Duck Hunt’s shadow—perhaps Banjo and Kazooie’s mechanics will fall in line with their playstyle.

For a lot of fans, Banjo and Kazooie’s Smash debut isn’t a surprise. Last week, well-known leaker Shinobi602 posted on the gaming forum ResetEra, “Been a while since we saw Banjo in anything. Hope we’re in for a smashing good time.”

Lots of Smash players took Shinobi602’s statement very seriously. Bolstering it was another leak: A new design Banjo-Kazooie merch.

We will update this post with more details as they arrive.


Comments

    On a more serious note, surely crash bandicoot would be next?

      I would say 'surely not', because almost every other third-party figure has had some sort of importance to Nintendo platforms; Sonic being the iconic rivalry of the 16-bit era, Mega Man, Dragon Quest and the Richters a staple of third-party games from the sprite era, Banjo as an iconic 'friend of the family' from the 64-era, Ryu and Ken in from one of the most iconic arcade imports, Pac-Man basically being 'Mr. Video Game' himself, and Cloud being the iconic clash for Link back in the FFVII/OoT days while Final Fantasy itself had strong history with Nintendo. Snake's the outlier, but even he started on the NES (and Kojima's a friendly sort).

      They'd have no call whatsoever to bring in Crash, who was ultimately just sort of 'there' rather than anything iconic either with or in contrast to a Nintendo thing. Same with Minecraft Steve; Master Chief has a bit of a claim but his clash with Samus wasn't nearly the era-defining juggernaut conflict that Mario V. Sonic or Link V. Cloud was.

        You are really reaching with the whole importance to Nintendo thing - the guest fighters are based on what people voted for and what nintendo can get rights for, not importance to nintendo platforms.

        Crash bandicoot is a hugely iconic character.

        And there was rivalry with crash bandicoot and mario during the mario 64 era, do you not remember the playstation ads with crash at nintendo headquarters?

        Crash is a massive mascot game character, and he was certainly in competition with Mario 64. But I don't think that even matters, look at Joker, no ties to Nintendo at all.

        Crash is big at the moment, a well loved character and would look great in the roster. I think he has a big chance of making it in.

        What? Cloud makes no sense, he's never had anything to do with Nintendo, Geno would've been a better SE pick or someone from FFVI. Snake makes way more sense than him, in that Twin Snakes was the only MGS game put on a Nintendo (at least til the MGS3 port for 3DS) and to this day is still an exclusive to the system.

        Also, fuck Cloud.

    We didn’t get a good look at how Banjo and Kazooie will fight in-game, unfortunately. But the duo was teased with the fighter Duck Hunt’s shadow—perhaps Banjo and Kazooie’s mechanics will fall in line with their playstyle.
    Ahh yes, just as K.Rool falls in line with Dedede’s.
    Certainly wouldn’t be a reference to another mammal/bird duo in video game history, one conveniently located in Smash no less.

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