With the announcement of the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch, fans have begun speculating as to exactly which of their favorite characters will feature in the new game.

Moreover, there is a healthy amount of speculation as to which non-Nintendo characters will be included in the new game, considering that the franchise’s latest release included characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Mega Man, and Bayonetta (the latter of which was a DLC release.)

One character, or rather, set of characters that many gamers have said they would like to see appear in a Smash Bros. game are none other than Banjo and Kazooie, stars of the Rare’s massively popular 1998 Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie, and its 2000 sequel, Banjo-Tooie.

Bear in mind that while the original Banjo games were, in fact, published by Nintendo (technically making the titular heroes Nintendo characters), Microsoft obtained the rights to the series after their acquisition of developer Rare in 2002. And, along with releasing their own sequel (Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts), Microsoft has re-published the original Banjo duology on the Xbox marketplace.

However, as it turns out, the company is still very much willing to let Banjo and Kazooie appear in the next iteration of Super Smash Bros.

Over Twitter, a fan asked Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Gaming, if the company would be willing to allow Banjo and Kazooie to appear in Smash Bros. for Switch. Spencer replied with one simple word: “Yep.”

Mind you, this is by no means a confirmation that the iconic duo will appear in the new game. In fact, Microsoft has stated that they would be willing to let Nintendo use Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros. before, but it never came to be. That said, with this new release still a long way away, it’s reassuring to know that Microsoft would be on board if Nintendo were to reach out to them.

As of now, an official release date for Super Smash Bros. for Switch has not been specified.


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Noah Dominguez
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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.