Wow, Super Smash Bros DLC just took a weird turn: We might get Banjo-Kazooie! That’s right: Banjo-Kazooie DLC for Super Smash Bros is officially on the table. That’s based on a new statement from Xbox kingpin Phil Spencer, who said on Twitter that he’d be totally fine with Banjo-Kazooie joining up in Nintendo’s brawler. And hey, lucky us—Nintendo’s holding a Smash Bros DLC poll, and everyone is eligible! Is this actually a real possibility?
Super Smash Bros DLC: Banjo-Kazooie And Other Weirdos
So Nintendo launched their Smash Bros DLC poll following the recent Nintendo Direct, and the poll will at least theoretically influence what future DLC we get for Super Smash Bros, after Lucas. We don’t even know for sure that we’ll get any other additional characters, but the poll sure is a good sign. And, according to MyNintendoNews, a Nintendo rep has officially confirmed that the poll is open to all video game characters, not just Nintendo ones.
Some enterprising soul had the sense to ask Phil Spencer on Twitter—a Web site on the Internet—whether Banjo-Kazooie could ever be in Super Smash Bros. Spencer actually responded, and man, what a positive response: “I think it would be cool if Banjo was in the next SSB DLC. We've worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before, no issues.” Uh, pretty exciting stuff.
@PedroDarkinson I think it would be cool if Banjo was in the next SSB DLC. We've worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before, no issues.
â€” Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 3, 2015
Banjo and Kazooie, of course, first appeared on the Nintendo 64, but their series was a casualty of Microsoft’s acquisition of Rare. The bad blood from those days is long gone, thankfully, and the companies are more willing to work together these days. Or at least Microsoft is. Nintendo, though?
Obviously, Nintendo isn’t entirely averse to third-party characters in Super Smash Bros. Whether we could get one as DLC is a different matter entirely—and the character would certainly have to be a little more expensive. But the ball is in their court. Banjo-Kazooie is essentially available as DLC, if Nintendo—and if we the poll-voters—allows it. Let’s hope.