It took longer than some fans would have liked, but the classic N64 platform game Banjo-Kazooie finally arrived at the Nintendo Switch this week thanks to the Nintendo Switch Online. This is the first time since the original release on the Nintendo 64 that the game has been available on a Nintendo platform, and as such, a number of fans have celebrated the occasion. And though fans may be the most excited to have now Banjo-Kazooie the game’s original developers, who can be played this way, also seem quite satisfied.
In a recent post on Twitter, Rare Ltd., which is the studio that has created Banjo-Kazooie, recognized the game’s release on Switch in a pretty big way. “With bear and bird out now on Switch, you have another way to top that witch! To celebrate, we’ve equipped ours with red and yellow ‘con’ for Kazooie’s plumage and Banjo shorts, respectively,” the studio said as they shared a picture of the game running on Switch. “Whether you’re visiting their world again or it’s your very first trip, we hope you’ve having fun!”
With bear and bird out now on Switch, you have another way to top that witch! To celebrate, we have equipped ours with red and yellow ‘con’ for Kazooie’s plumage and Banjo shorts, respectively. Whether you’re visiting their world again or it’s your very first trip, we hope you’ve having fun! pic.twitter.com/6X8neRuS73
– Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) January 21, 2022
What’s cool to see with this message from Rare is that the studio continues to greatly celebrate the legacy it created with the Banjo-Kazooie series. Despite being a part of Xbox Game Studios for two decades at this time, Rare has always happily looked back at the games it released on non-Xbox platforms before coming to Microsoft.
Perhaps the only downside to this situation is that at least as far as we know, a new Banjo-Kazooie game is not something that Rare or any other studio is working on. Despite the revival of the franchise over the last few years (primarily through Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), the latest part in the series happens to be Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and bolts, which came out in 2008. Still maybe if Banjo-Kazooie get enough love with this new Switch iteration, those on the Xbox will be looking to make a new game in the franchise before too long.
Have you played Banjo-Kazooie for yourself this week on the Nintendo Switch? And if so, what do you think about the quality of this version of the game? Tell me that either down in the comments or send me a message on Twitter at @ MooreMan12.