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Nintendo has been adding new characters to the ever-expanding roster of Super Smash Bros for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. They have characters all across the spectrum from throughout the history of gaming. Well, Microsoft wants in on the Smash Bros fun.
IGN picked out some tweets during a fan Q&A between Spencer and gamers, where someone asked about Banjo being in a DLC update for Super Smash Bros on the Wii U and 3DS. Spencer had the following to say about the suggestion...
That's fairly encouraging for the possibility of some of Rare's premier characters to make an appearance in a Smash Bros game. In fact, Nintendo has been working with a number of different companies to make use of some classic characters and icons who have appeared on a Nintendo platform at one point or another.
The fact that Spencer wants Banjo from the popular Banjo Kazooie franchise to make an appearance as a guest fighter in Super Smash Bros is very encouraging, especially since we haven't seen Banjo around or about since Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for the Xbox 360. It's not like the game did extremely well since it kind of came and went from the market, fading from store shelves and the memories of gamers without fright or fight, like petals from a sunflower during the autumn season.
Having the Banjo make a return to form as DLC for Smash Bros would be brilliant and a great precursor for the eventual spiritual successor that Microsoft and Rare are presumably working on as an Xbox One exclusive. This adds a strong possibility to Banjo being a good fit for Nintendo's multiplayer fighting game, much in the same way that Todd McFarlane was talking about building up the brand awareness of Spawn by having him potentially appear in a game like Mortal Kombat X, as well as getting another movie out there in order to lay the market groundwork for another game. If Microsoft is using the same tactic for Banjo, they could be on the right track.
If you're thinking this looks a bit far-fetched, keep in mind that Bandai Namco's Pac-Man, Capcom's Mega Man, Konami's Solid Snake and Sega's Sonic The Hedgehog have appeared throughout the Super Smash Bros franchise as playable guest characters. Seeing a Microsoft property that was once a Nintendo exclusive possibly making a return to a Nintendo platform is neither unlikely nor too surprising. The only question now is: will Nintendo accept?
As IGN pointed out, they have a microsite available for gamers to submit their ideas and suggestions for future content and what characters should make an appearance in the game. If you really want to see Banjo arrive in Smash Bros following the next set of DLC characters, it wouldn't hurt to offer a few suggestions over on the microsite.