×

‘Banjo-Kazooie’ Coming to ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

The characters from Rare’s classic platforming series “Banjo-Kazooie” are coming to “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” later this year, Nintendo announced during its E3 2019 Direct on Tuesday.

For the uninitiated, Banjo is a bear and Kazooie is a big red bird. While Banjo first appeared in “Diddy Kong Racing” on the Nintendo 64 in 1997, he got his first solo title — and his feathery sidekick — a year later on the same platform. The first “Banjo-Kazooie” was a critical and commercial success, and it spawned a number of sequels up until 2008.

Additionally, Nintendo revealed the protagonist from the role-playing game “Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age” is coming to “Smash” this summer. Simply called Hero, he represents the main character from several games in the long-running series, including “Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation,” “Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen,” and “Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.”

“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” first launched in December 2018 and has sold more than 13.81 million copies worldwide, making it the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch title. Between January and March, about 26% of consumers who bought a new Switch console played “Smash” on their first day of using the system, Nintendo said in a recent report.

E3 2019 is coming to Los Angeles on June 11 through 13, and we’ll cover all the highlights of the event here at Variety as well.

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • Scopely founders

    Mobile-Games Company Scopely Raises $200 Million From Chernin Group, Advance

    Scopely, a mobile-games developer, announced an additional $200 million as part of its Series D funding round from Advance, whose holdings include Condé Nast, and Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group (TCG). The new funding doubles the size of the original $200 million Series D round Scopely announced last fall and brings the company to over [...]

  • Games to Get Lost in

    The Best Video Games to Get Lost in While Self-Isolating

    “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” finally released on Friday, giving players the opportunity to travel to an island paradise and build a community there. For gamers with fairly different tastes, on that same day, “Doom: Eternal” also debuted, allowing those at home to battle through the demonic forces of hell. Either way, it’s an escape. And for [...]

  • Activision-Blizzard-Overwatch-League-Grand-Finals-2018

    Overwatch League Cancels All March, April Events Due to Coronavirus

    The Overwatch League has cut all of its events through March and April, another major cancellation in gaming and esports as the industry grapples with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Activision Blizzard announced the move with a statement on Wednesday, the same day the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic. The publisher said it’s monitoring “city-level [...]

  • E3 2019

    E3 2020 Canceled After 'Overwhelming Concerns' About Coronavirus

    E3 organizers, bowing to the inevitable, announced that this year’s video-games conference scheduled for June in L.A. has been canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, drew 66,100 attendees. The 2020 gaming showcase had been scheduled to run June 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center [...]

  • Jeff Sagansky Harry Sloan

    Jeff Sagansky, Harry Sloan Partner on $600 Million IPO

    Veteran Hollywood executives Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan are launching Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. with a $600 million initial public offering. It’s the sixth public acquisition vehicle since 2011 launched by Sagansky and Sloan. These kind of acquisition companies have gained in popularity in recent years as a means for investors to participate in new [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content