After weeks of rumors about a collaboration between Microsoft and Nintendo, a new challenger has appeared. Banjo and Kazooie are joining Nintendo’s 70-plus character roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!
Since release, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has had a number of DLC characters, including Joker from Persona 5, and Piranha Plant from the Mario games. With Banjo-Kazooie, Nintendo can technically now say that it has characters from both Sony, Microsoft, and Sega under its belt!
Of course, our furry platforming pals are no strangers to Nintendo platforms having been released in 1998 on the Nintendo 64, prior to Microsoft owning Rare. Except for some re-releases, we haven't seen too much of either character since the 2008 release for Xbox 360 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
Even though Nintendo didn’t announce a price point for Banjo-Kazooie, it’s worth noting that they’ve said that each “challenger pack” will individually cost $5.99 each. Challenger packs come with a new fighter, stage, and music tracks. All currently planned challenger packs will be out by 2020. If we add Banjo-Kazooie to the list, which now also includes Dragon Quest’s hero, that means there are two more characters left to reveal. A “fighter's pass” is also purchasable, which bundles all DLC packs for $24.99, making them available as soon as they’re out.