During Nintendo’s E3 2019 presentation today, the company announced that Banjo and Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
You can watch the sneaky reveal trailer for the duo below.
The original Banjo-Kazooie game came out all the way back in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. It featured the eponymous duo as they adventured across lands and fought to save Banjo’s little sister, Tooty, from the clutches of the evil witch Gruntilda.
Banjo-Kazooie also had one of the most terrifying game over screens in the entire history of gaming. I refuse to budge on this.
Banjo-Kazooie is extremely cherished by retro gamers, especially those who are into Nintendo, and the pair were one of the most requested and desired fighters for the Smash series almost since its inception.
However, Microsoft have the rights to the characters, meaning there’d have to be some sort of deal struck between Nintendo and Microsoft for Banjo and Kazooie to appear in the game. Luckily for us, Phil Spencer is a big fan of Smash.
Speaking of Microsoft and Banjo-Kazooie: super enhanced versions of classic Rare games are set to be released for Xbox One X consoles, Microsoft announced yesterday. These include the original Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, and also Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
The duo are joining the brawl in Fall 2019. They’ll join a roster consisting of classic and iconic fighters you know and love and ones you might not, such as Persona 5’s Joker.