Smash Bros. Creator Made ‘Xbox’ Trend On Twitter In Japan

Smash Bros. Creator Made ‘Xbox’ Trend On Twitter In Japan
Here is the moment that Sakurai recommended that people play Banjo-Kazooie on Microsoft’s hardware. (Screenshot: All screenshots: Nintendo 公式チャンネル)

During a special Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai introduced the Banjo-Kazooie DLC. Not only does he want you to get that, but he would also like you to play the original game on Xbox.

The original Banjo-Kazooie games were released on Nintendo hardware, but as Sakurai explained, Microsoft now owns the rights to the series. In 2002, Microsoft bought Rare, the studio behind Banjo-Kazooie, from Nintendo. 

Sakurai acknowledged that Microsoft and Nintendo had rival platforms, but the American tech giant is allowing Banjo-Kazooie to entry the fray in this Switch game. “I’m incredibly grateful,” Sakurai said. He’s so grateful that he’s willing to recommend that rival’s platform.

“If you are going to play Banjo-Kazooie, you can play it on Xbox,” Sakurai said, causing the people filming the Direct to giggle off-camera. “I’m saying this even though this is a Nintendo broadcast. Please, by all means, play it on Xbox!”

After saying this, the word “Xbox” started trending on Twitter in Japan. It even reached the number one spot!

Microsoft has always had a hard time reaching players in Japan. Maybe it should’ve enlisted Sakurai’s help sooner? 


  • It’s great that Banjo is in Smash now, but honestly this was a no brainer for Microsoft. Smash is a huge seller, and Xbox – particularly Xbox One, is struggling – not just in Japan but in all regions. Smash doesn’t need Banjo to sell – I’d say it’s unlikely Banjo’s inclusion would convince any Switch owners that for some reason don’t have the game yet to pull the trigger and buy it. I’d also say the vast majority that own the game would have already purchased the DLC fighter’s pass too before Banjo’s announcement. But Microsoft desperately needs some positive exposure for Xbox at this point.

  • I pity any of the people that buy an Xbox for Banjoo in Japan… specifically the console that was just called the Xbox. Maybe someone should have told Sakurai that they’d need a 360 or One to play it.

  • The irony for Japan is that it’s quite likely easier to find a working used N64 and copies of the original Banjo games than it would be to find an Xbox and the update.

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