Xbox's Phil Spencer still open to Banjo and Kazooie appearing in Super Smash Bros.

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 21, 2018 at 4:13 a.m. PDT

With Nintendo announcing a new Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch, character speculation and questions are on the rise again as to which first and third party characters could make an appearance in the series.

We already know that the likes of Ridley from Metroid, King K. Rool and even Goku from Dragon Ball are popular suggestions for playable characters in the game, but there's a pair that's been wanted since their creation, Banjo and Kazooie.

The bear and bird duo first made their appearance on the Nintendo 64 3D platforming game Banjo-Kazooie back in 1998 from the developers at Rare who had their hand in about every genre of game back in the 90's.

Rare and Nintendo worked very well together producing such classics as the aforementioned Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct, Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007 and Conker's Bad Fur Day among many others.

Microsoft swooped in and picked up the developer in 2002 along with all of their IP including Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct and Perfect Dark. Rare has since gone on to make Xbox (with some PC version) exclusives with the exception of some handheld games on Nintedo's platforms. This has not caused Nintendo fans to forget the days of the animal duo though.

Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer has mentioned in the past that he would be open to Banjo and Kazooie appearing in Super Smash Bros. (and would be the first characters owned by another console maker to appear in the series). He was recently asked if that offer still stands to which he replied in the affirmative. See his tweet below.


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Would you like to see Banjo and Kazooie in the next Smash game? Which Rare character would you like to see guest in a fighting game? James Bond? Let us know in the comments below.

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