Japanese fans are reacting positively to Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Ultimate

Japanese fans are reacting positively to Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Ultimate

As I said just last night, people are extremely happy about Banjo-Kazooie coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including the characters’ original designer. However, when I say “people” are happy, I’ve mostly been referring to gamers in the West. The truth is I had no idea how Japanese gamers were reacting to the news, or if they cared at all.

Legends of Localization decided to find out. Japanese-to-English localizer Clyde Mandelin examined the comments sections of a few different Japanese news articles and Nintendo E3 Direct reaction videos. Then he translated a sampling of what he found. It was entirely informal and Mandelin insists his sampling shouldn’t be taken as a direct reflection of how all Japanese gamers feel. Still — what he found was pretty positive overall!

Below is a small sampling of translated reactions. While there were occasional negative or “Who?” comments, Mandelin says there were positive comments “everywhere [he] looked”:

I got so excited about Banjo-Kazooie that I cried! Now I gotta go buy me a Switch!!

Sakurai is really kindhearted. He listens too much to what players say. He clearly listened to the foreign audience with Banjo and stuff.

Coming from the N64 generation, having Banjo-Kazooie is so great. I was overjoyed when he did the peace sign. Please do a remake too.

The sound effect when Diddy wakes up K. Rool sounded so much like the balloons in Diddy Kong Racing that I cried

OK, so Sans announcement this winter (yeah right just kidding not gonna happen)

Dunno who Dungeon and Kazui are but I can tell they’re good from how excited everyone is lol

Banjo-Kazooie? I have no idea who they are. Who are they?

I’m happy with Square’s long-awaited Dragon Quest representation, but Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie addition makes me many times happier. I can’t believe we can finally see Donkey Kong and Banjo-Kazooie together at last!

They didn’t add Sans from Undertale, but they did add the Hero from Dragon Quest and Banjo-Kazooie! So it was still great!

Now we just need Geno!! Please, give us Geno!!

Japanese people have no interest in Banjo-Kazooie, and foreigners have no interest in Dragon Quest. So it’s a win-win.

I saw a lot of (Japanese) tweets saying “who?” so I’m glad to see a reaction like this

Seriously, please add Geno

Me, when Banjo-Kazooie was announced for Smash: Banjo! Kazooie! You’re alive!

I fully support those Geno comments, and I’m very surprised (not in a good way) about the Sans comments. In any case, there are many more translated comments where that came from, and some of them are really funny and surprising. So make sure to check out Legends of Localization for more Japanese reactions. It’s fun stuff.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!