Banjo-Kazooie coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, revealed at E3 2019

Banjo (Image credit: Nintendo)

What you need to know

  • Banjo and Kazooie were revealed as the latest fighters headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Rumors of Microsoft and Nintendo teaming to bring the pair to Super Smash Bros. have been swirling for weeks.
  • Nintendo also revealed heroes from Dragon Quest will be joining the fight.

Nintendo is tapping Microsoft-owned studio Rare for its next fighters headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Banjo-Kazooie will be the next additions to Nintendo's DLC character lineup for the brawler, and the pair look like they're ready to bring the fight to Mario and company.

In a brief trailer shown during its Nintendo Direct stream at E3 2019, Nintendo showed Banjo and Kazooie in action. Kazooie can fire off eggs at enemies for a ranged attack, while Banjo can whip Kazooie back and forth, slamming it into enemies. The pair can also double jump with a little help from Kazooie's wings to get back to safety.

This marks the first time the pair have appeared in a Smash title, but Nintendo is no stranger to tapping properties outside of its own first-party offerings for characters. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features the widest selection of characters of any Smash game so far, with characters ranging from Sonic to Pac-Man and Snake from Metal Gear.

Banjo-Kazooie will presumably be available as part of Nintendo's $25 Fighter Pass, which unlocks all DLC characters for the game. It's likely we'll see the pair available as a separate purchase as well.

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