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Steve Mayles

Banjo-Kazooie is finally back with Nintendo again as a new DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Steve Mayles, who created the N64 duo, spoke about what it was like to learn about the reveal in an interview with YouTube channel Shesez.

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E3 may be over, but we’re still seeing footage and interviews pour out of the show. Eurogamer now has its own interview up with Yooka-Laylee art director Steve Mayles and composer Grant Kirkhope, along with footage. See their video below.

GameXplain chatted with Grant Kirkhope and Steve Mayles at E3. The two commented on expandable levels, minecraft segments, lessons learned from Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, and more. The full interview is below.

Yooka-Laylee features a chameleon and bat as the platformer’s main characters. However, those two didn’t start out as the initial ideas.

Responding to one fan in a Reddit AMA, Playtonic’s Steve Mayles revealed that he initially wanted to have a tiger in Yooka-Laylee. The team also considered a witch and a broom with eyes.

Mayles’ full comments are as follows:

My initial idea was a tiger as they are great-looking animals, but he never got past the sketch phase. He was deemed a bit too much of a ‘hero’ when all of my past characters were more like underdogs. We even tried a witch and a broom with eyes at one point!