Banjo-Kazooie announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Rayman is super obscure in Japan, where his games barely sell a few thousand units. I think Western guests will continue to be a rare occurrence going forward, so they'll really need to shine to be considered for Smash. Banjo's been highly requested for decades, his games did pretty well in Japan, and his games were published by Nintendo. He stands out to me in a way that few other Western characters do.
Out of curiousity, what are some western 3rd parties that Japan likes? Crash and Skyrim are the only two I can think of.
 

Christo750

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Yo, I'm not going to lie to you all. This is a tears-of-joy announcement. Banjo-Kazooie has been consistently in my top 5 favorite games since '98 and when I realized Smash was a thing in 99, I wanted Banjo in it. Since Nuts and Bolts wound up to be what it was and not the traditional platformer, I've long since abandoned hope I'd see these characters again in the proper style, if at all.

Not only are my dream characters in Smash, but they also look perfect. I love watching the part in the trailer where DK, Diddy, and K. Rool are stoked their friends are there. It genuinely feels like a homecoming. I can't believe I lived to see this lol.

This sure did turn into a great E3.

I beg you Microsoft give me a Remake.
You know they're thinking about it given the success of Crash and Spyro.
 

Peleo

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Did someone make a gif of the D.K group happy reaction to the Banjo reveal?

That one is an instant classic.
 

TubaZef

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I'm ok if the next 2 characters are 1st party. Getting Banjo was something no one would expect a few years ago, simply amazing.
 

Watchtower

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You might be surprised, but Banjo actually trended in Japanese Twitter. Pretty sure he was highly requested there as well.
Yeah, Rare's contributions to Nintendo's library are very well received, and Banjo & Kazooie have particularly been hugely demanded by the Japanese. Like "consistently with the Top 10-15 for 3rd-parties" demanded.
 

Archduke Kong

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I think the real miracle here is I haven't been seeing any outright negative reactions. The disappointed people seem to be "alright, not my pick, but good job" and almost everyone else has been exploding with joy (or at least pretty happy to see them again). Even reactions to the Dragon Quest rep are probably more positive than they would have been if they weren't announced alongside Banjo. For once I think we have a non-controversial DLC pick, folks.
 

Aftervirtue

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Has anyone mentioned the Banjo Kazooie OST? Thing is a masterpiece.

I would love for them to get the whole thing into Smash Brothers. Even better would be some remixes, orchestrations or so on.
 

ThomasJames

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I really don't know who they'll go with for the last two. For shits n' giggles, here are the predictions my friend and I made back before any of the DLC characters were revealed:

Me:
Tails
Gen 8 starter
Urbosa
King Hippo
Sora

My friend:
Dr. Robotnik/Eggman
Tom Nook
Dr. E Gadd
Goku
Blood Falcon


Needless to say we're not doing so great. I still think there's a decent chance of a gen 8 starter, although every DLC character so far being 3rd party makes me question that. Out of all my guesses Urbosa is the only one I actually really wanted, personally. It's great that B-K got in though, I didn't guess B-K because it seemed too good to be true lol.
 

Strat

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The amount of love this announcement got on Twitter, the tens of thousands of likes and retweets and all those impressions totally outstripping pretty much anything else Microsoft talked about at E3, besides Keanu and Scarlett, should be a pretty clear indicator that Banjo is still relevant to a lot of people. The Rare tweet about Banjo has 80k+ likes alone.

If MS wasn't already working on some kind of Banjo remake/revival I think this response just got the gears moving.
 

DonMigs85

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I really don't know who they'll go with for the last two. For shits n' giggles, here are the predictions my friend and I made back before any of the DLC characters were revealed:

Me:
Tails
Gen 8 starter
Urbosa
King Hippo
Sora

My friend:
Dr. Robotnik/Eggman
Tom Nook
Dr. E Gadd
Goku
Blood Falcon


Needless to say we're not doing so great. I still think there's a decent chance of a gen 8 starter, although every DLC character so far being 3rd party makes me question that. Out of all my guesses Urbosa is the only one I actually really wanted, personally. It's great that B-K got in though, I didn't guess B-K because it seemed too good to be true lol.
My predictions from last year:
1. Knuckles
2. Eggman
3. Reiko Nagase
4. Aiai from Super Monkey Ball
5. Rayman or a Rabbid
 

Weiss

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I guess the amiibo will have the V for victory pose?
Oh jeez yeah, how the heck they gonna make an amiibo out of that pose?

The amount of love this announcement got on Twitter, the tens of thousands of likes and retweets and all those impressions totally outstripping pretty much anything else Microsoft talked about at E3, besides Keanu and Scarlett, should be a pretty clear indicator that Banjo is still relevant to a lot of people. The Rare tweet about Banjo has 80k+ likes alone.

If MS wasn't already working on some kind of Banjo remake/revival I think this response just got the gears moving.
"Xbox Scarlett is the future of gaming and runs at a native 120 FPS"

Everyone:

"Oh and Banjo is in Smash"

 

Mekanos

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I feel like people have often downplayed the Banjo franchise. Yeah, it's collecting dust nowadays, but during the N64 era it was an iconic, prestigious part of the Nintendo/Rare partnership. The original Banjo-Kazooie was a highly anticipated game within the industry, getting tons of hype and coverage before it even came out. Despite the status of it nowadays, after K. Rool and Ridley got in, if Nintendo and Microsoft were both made well aware of the fan demand, there would be little conflict bringing them to Smash.

It's actually pretty similar to how Mega Man was added to Smash 4 despite the franchise being put in cold storage at the time.

And I agree with Ryce that this is a special case for western characters. I fully expect the last two to be Japanese.
 

JJAwiiu

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I'm happy for Banjo's inclusion in Smash but happier for what else it might mean. Something like an N64 classic with the most essential titles actually included, or Rare Replay coming to Switch now seems more possible today. Also kinda weird but funny to always see Minecraft and Cuphead selling in the Top 10 Switch games (usually Top 3).


The reveal tricked me properly in the moment. Banjo Kazooie's silouette followed by Dunk Hunt with Dog reveal. For a second I thought I just saw what I wanted to see, lol.
 

daTRUballin

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The amount of love this announcement got on Twitter, the tens of thousands of likes and retweets and all those impressions totally outstripping pretty much anything else Microsoft talked about at E3, besides Keanu and Scarlett, should be a pretty clear indicator that Banjo is still relevant to a lot of people. The Rare tweet about Banjo has 80k+ likes alone.

If MS wasn't already working on some kind of Banjo remake/revival I think this response just got the gears moving.
Absolutely. If MS and Rare still aren't convinced after this, then they're frankly quite blind.
 

goodsines

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Probabaly been said tons of time, but I am pretty damn shocked. I'm curious what kind of strings may have been pulled to work this out. At any rate, I'm really excited for this happening!!
 

Neiteio

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Low poly, pixelated Pierce Brosnan for Smash

Doomguy for Smash

BJ Blazkowicz + Anya tag team for Smash
Goldeneye Bond could be Slappers Only and run around smacking people, and his victory screen could be him shaking hands with his opponents in the hospital. Also his stage would be the Facility and you can hide in the stall doors and at random Oddjob will run across the screen and punch people in the nuts.
 

Barn

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The way this was revealed was immaculate -- the use of cinematic trailers in Nintendo's presentation compared to elsewhere at E3 is just a drastic contrast. I'll pick up every scrap of new content for Smash Ultimate just to have the most complete Smash out there, but Banjo is the first of the DLC characters I'm really pumped for, even though I've not played a Banjo-Kazooie game since my Blockbuster-used copy of BK2.
 
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Im so glad they got the googly eyes right and stuff. Current Rare just gave up in Nuts and Bolts and just gave everyone round eyes that aren't at all googly, and made characters boxy because of the low poly count of the original games. Its slightly strange seeing Banjo and Kazooie look like this but it honestly just looks like the correct interpretation of Banjo and Kazooie and I freakin' love it.
 

Forkball

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Banjo has been my most wanted character for years, but I long wrote him off as an impossibility. When that puzzle piece bounced by, I thought I must’ve still been asleep. Sakurai is a king A KING ANONGST PEASANTS

Also think of the REMIXES
 

NameUser

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Probabaly been said tons of time, but I am pretty damn shocked. I'm curious what kind of strings may have been pulled to work this out. At any rate, I'm really excited for this happening!!
Probably not that many. Microsoft is kinda in—fuck it—mode right now. I wouldn’t be shocked if they just start to straight up port games to the Switch. Now Sony doing something like this would shock me.
 

Polioliolio

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Oh wow. Finally!! Pleasant surprise.

I'll get him for sure, but I gotta say, I think I'm smash fatigued. I played it for a hot week and have only picked it up on rare occasion if friends are around and we aren't playing board games. With each release I play less.
 

Calamari41

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Who writes these Smash reveal cinematics? They've been absolutely stellar from the first one to this one. Like, laugh out loud for real.
 

Suedemaker

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This. Im patiently waiting for the Rare Replay to come to Switch. Microsoft is currently doing ALL the right things.
I hadn't even thought of that. That on Switch or PC and I am sold on a double dip.

Definitely hyped for BK. I was thinking when they showed The Hero, "I'll probably get the fighter pass if they reveal someone I really want. Like Banjo". Jinjonator as the final smash makes it all the better. I thought that was THE funniest shit when it first came out.
 

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I was interested to see how they'd handle the naming. Banjo-Kazooie is the game name. Banjo and Kazooie are the characters. In the freeze frame, they titled them Banjo-Kazooie, but on Smashbros.com they call them Banjo & Kazooie. I wonder what the announcer will say. I'm more excited than I've ever been nonetheless.