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Composer says Nintendo was “surprised” by the reaction to Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Posted on July 15, 2019 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Banjo-Kazooie will finally be back on a Nintendo platform later this year when the new DLC launches for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Prior to this, the series was a platforming staple on the N64.

According to composer Grant Kirkhope, Nintendo was “surprised” by the reaction to Banjo-Kazooie’s Smash Bros. announcement. He told VGC:

“They were surprised by how crazy it went. The E3 reveal seemed to be gigantic. When I was speaking to Nintendo back at their booth at E3, they were all saying it was a bigger reaction than they’re normally used to for Smash. So Nintendo did recognize that it was a big deal. They were surprised. And we all were: it was such a huge release for all those fans who’ve been waiting so long for a new game.”

Although Nintendo was given permission to use Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros., it’s on Microsoft to make a new game happen. Kirkhope personally believes that will only happen if an external studio is brought in and has the passion for it “similar to how Ubisoft Milan did a great job with Mario + Rabbids.”

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