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