Banjo-Kazooie's original composer doesn't think 'Rare has the appetite' for a brand new game in the series

The original developers are happy to see the duo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 12, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. PDT | Comments: 24

Nintendo sent a shock wave through the gaming community yesterday by concluding their E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation with the reveal of Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As the third DLC character in Smash Bros. Ultimate's character pass, we can expect to see the bear and bird sometime this Fall.

Fans everywhere have been actively talking about the big announcement, and even some of the people involved in Banjo and Kazooie's creation have commented on the reveal. A handful of the original developers spoke to Video Games Chronicle about the duo in Smash and the prospect of a brand new game in the series.

VGC talked to Banjo-Kazooie's character designer Steve Mayles, the series' original composer Grant Kirkhope, and lead programmer Chris Sutherland about the return of the duo in Smash Ultimate.

"It’s wonderful to see Banjo and Kazooie return after 11 years in gaming wilderness, and back to their spiritual home on a Nintendo console no less," Mayles said. He goes on to express how pleased he is that fans never lost faith that the bear and bird would return, saying that the pair is a great fit for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Sutherland fell more on the surprised end of things, but definitely knows how much people have requested Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Kirkhope, who handled the music for the original games and reprised that role with the character's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate theme, went a little further in mentioning the possibility of a new Banjo-Kazooie game. At this point in time, he doesn't seem hopeful that we'll see one down the road.

"I don’t think Rare has the appetite for it," Kirkhope said. "I don’t think they believe it would sell, and even in my mind I’m not sure. It’s easy to get wrapped up in my Twitter feed, but that’s just a tiny audience in comparison."

Kirkhope points out the the original Banjo-Kazooie team would never come back together to make a new game in the series, so someone else would have to be called upon — citing how Double Helix and Iron Galaxy did a strong job with bringing back Killer Instinct.

With Banjo-Kazooie's inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate, fans have been left wondering about a potential new iteration of the widely popular series. Perhaps if sales are strong for the bear and bird DLC in Smash Ultimate, it could lead to something more for them. We can only hope, anyway.

For more about Banjo-Kazooie from the original developers, including Kirkhope's story about how he was contacted to work on the character's music in Smash Ultimate, be sure to check out VGC's article.

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