Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Banjo-Kazooie remaster sequel Steve Mayles

At long last, dreams have come true. Banjo-Kazooie, the dynamic bear and bird duo, have arrived in Smash! Nintendo fans are over the moon with joy, and that includes Steve Mayles. The former Rare employee personally created the titular characters, and he’s delighted by their presence in Smash. However, he hopes that’s just the beginning of something much bigger. Mayles would love to see a full-on revival for the 3D platforming series, including remasters and a sequel.

Bring on the Banjo-Kazooie remasters

Could the reaction of fans to Banjo and Kazooie in Smash persuade Microsoft to make another Banjo game? The revival of Spiro and Crash went pretty well after all… I think a fairly safe way to gauge demand for a new game would be a remaster of the original two games. Then if the interest is there perhaps we could see Banjo return in the new no-expense-spared game he and Kazooie deserve.

Fans of the series may recall that Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel did receive HD versions on Xbox 360. That said, there’s lots of room for improvement. Additionally, Nintendo fans didn’t have access to these versions. With Microsoft and Nintendo so close these days, perhaps that could change with new remasters. Steve Mayles believes that Nintendo is where they truly belong.

Now they have returned in Smash, I’ve been surprised by the reception. Part of it is being away for so long, and a part of it is returning to a Nintendo console. And maybe just a small part because they are decent characters! It really is quite strange to see them back and looking very similar to my old hi-res renders from 20 years ago. People tend to be Nintendo fans for life and for Banjo fans this is the characters coming home, even if it is just for a glorious one-off.

As someone who grew up loving Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo 64, I couldn’t agree more. There are few classic games I’d love more on Switch than these classic Rare platformers. In the meantime, it’s great just to have them in Smash.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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