A variety of different egg shots, invincible golden feathers, spring jump and much more — Banjo-Kazooie Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer analysis

We breakdown all gameplay aspects we saw in today's big bear and bird reveal

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 11, 2019 at 5:12 p.m. PDT

Nintendo, Rare, and Microsoft actually did it... they gave us Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros.

Earlier today, Nintendo closed out their Direct presentation at E3 2019 with the big reveal of the bear and bird in Smash Bros. Ultimate complete with gameplay trailer. Now that we've managed to come down from the initial blowing of our minds, we're going to take a closer look at what the popular duo can do in-game.

The first thing shown of Banjo-Kazooie in the Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer is the two striking a quick pose — likely one of their taunts — followed by a big jump. We then see their run, and from the looks of it players will be able to either run around the stage as Banjo or opt to use the faster option that has Kazooie carry the bear on her back.

In their own series of games, when Kazooie is the one running the duo is unable to attack. It's a sacrifice of offense for more speed, which will likely work the same way here in Smash Ultimate.

Banjo's standard jab combo (hitting the A button repeatedly) appears to be his three-hit punch combo from the Banjo-Kazooie series. The final hit launches the opponent away, and I do wonder if holding the A button will bring out Kazooie for a rapid-hitting jab. That is just speculation on my part, however.

As mentioned in our "what if" story, Banjo-Kazooie's Beak Barge appears to be mapped to the character's side special — then again, it might be the down tilt. Banjo dips down and lets Kazooie charge at the opponent with a powerful tackle using her beak, sending the opponent up into the air and falling in a knocked down state if they don't tech.


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What looks to be Banjo-Kazooie's back air takes the form of the three-hit jumping peck attack the two use in their games. It seems to function as a quick strike for offensive pressure, very similarly to Ridley's forward air.

As expected, Banjo-Kazooie can fire eggs in various ways. There's the standard crouching shot, the egg rifle that sees Banjo walk around using Kazooie as a gun, and the egg grenades.

All off the egg shots are likely tied to the character's specials, but it's hard to tell which is which. There's a good chance that standard egg shot is neutral B and grenades are down B, but the egg gun is a bit more mysterious. We could potentially see that move activated by holding B instead of simply tapping it.

As expected, Breegull Bash is the duo's side smash which unleashes a powerful strike as Banjo uses Kazooie as a club. The attack appears to cover a good amount of space in front of them, which will likely make it a strong KO move and whiff punisher.

Banjo-Kazooie's up B / recovery move is exactly what you'd expect it to be: their Shock Spring Jump. The two bring out a Shock Jump pad, kneel down, and go soaring high into the air. It doesn't appear that the characters can fly after this jump like a Kirby or Jigglypuff might, but we do see their double jump follow it up and it's Kazooie's hover.

Possibly the most interesting aspect of Banjo-Kazooie's gameplay is their ability to activate Wonderwing using golden feathers. Like their own series of games, when used Kazooie will wrap her wings around Banjo, letting the two run around with invincibility for a short period of time.

In Smash Bros. Ultimate, it looks like the technique works similarly as we see Banjo-Kazooie run through two hits without being phased.

Wonderwing in Smash Ultimate brings up five golden feathers that appear to deplete over time. When the duo is hit during this state, it doesn't seem to take away any feathers, and their run serves as an attack as well.

Before the trailer is through, Nintendo gives us a glimpse at what looks like Banjo-Kazooie's side tilt — a quick stab of the Kazooie bayonet. And finally, Banjo-Kazooie's Final Smash brings in a group of Jinjos to put a big hurt on their foe.

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