Nintendo was surprised by the reaction to Banjo’s Smash reveal

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One of the biggest and most anticipated announcements to come from Nintendo at E3 was the inclusion of Banjo and Kazooie as upcoming DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Fans have been clamoring for a new, proper entry in the franchise ever since Microsoft took ownership of Rare in 2002, so this was a huge reveal. Reception to the news was so great that, according to Banjo composer Grant Kirkhope, even Nintendo was surprised by the reactions!

I don’t think it’s hard to imagine what kind of reaction Nintendo was expecting, but the strength of it apparently caught the company off guard. Coming from a Video Games Chronicle interview with Grant Kirkhope:

They were surprised by how crazy it went. The E3 reveal seemed to be gigantic. When I was speaking to Nintendo back at their booth at E3, they were all saying it was a bigger reaction than they’re normally used to for Smash. So Nintendo did recognise that it was a big deal. They were surprised. And we all were: it was such a huge release for all those fans who’ve been waiting so long for a new game.

Grant Kirkhope

Fans all over the world have expressed excitement over Banjo being in Smash. It’s great to see all the support for Banjo even after all this time. Though Kirkhope thinks a new game is unlikely, only time will tell.


Steven Rollins
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for over five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning, writing fanfiction, or watching as much anime as he possibly can.