Banjo-Kazooie was apparently named after the family of former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi
Posted on February 5, 2020 by Brian(@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News
As reported by VGC, Banjo-Kazooie’s name has ties to former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Yamauchi has a grandson called Banjo Yamauchi. His son is named Katsuhito Yamauchi, otherwise known as ‘Katsuhi’ for short. When they’re combined, you get ‘Banjo-Katsuhi’. That sounds a whole lot like Banjo-Kazooie, doesn’t it?
Series creator Greg Mayles says that the part about ‘Banjo’ is spot on while composer Grant Kirkhope says the story is true:
The Banjo part is true, not so sure about the Kazooie one though!
— Gregg Mayles (@Ghoulyboy) March 10, 2019
It’s true!!!! https://t.co/UEq8xwzn4L
— Grant Kirkhope (@grantkirkhope) February 5, 2020