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Original Banjo-Kazooie Team “Pleased” About Duo’s Return, But Doubt A New Game “Would Sell”

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In the same VGC interview featuring the former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope, Steve Mayles and Chris Sunderland shared their own thoughts about Banjo-Kazooie being added as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Steven Mayles, the original character designer of the bird and bear, said he was “pleased” to see the delightful duo return to their spiritual home after 11 years in the wild and jokingly added “Dixie Kong” was next.

“I’m really pleased for all the passionate Banjo fans who never lost faith that their heroes would one day come back!

Chris Sutherland, who was the lead programmer on the original Banjo games, explained how it was great to see the Nintendo 64 stars back in action.

Despite the positive reception, Kirkhope still has his doubts about a future installment in the Banjo-Kazooie series – and doesn’t think it would sell enough.

“I don’t think Rare has the appetite for it…I don’t think they believe it would sell, and even in my mind I’m not sure. It’s easy to get wrapped up in my Twitter feed, but that’s just a tiny audience in comparison.”

He also believes there’s no chance of the original team getting back together, so it’s dependant on who Rare and Microsoft asked to work on in it in the future.

“They’d have to find the right people to do it. Ubisoft Milan were perfect for Mario, for example, and the Killer Instinct guys did a good job.”

Right now, though, the composer is simply happy Rare’s mascots have returned to their spiritual home and thinks fans would agree with him.

“They were born on Nintendo consoles. I feel that their home is with Nintendo, but that’s just my personal opinion and I think the fans definitely agree.”

Would you like to see a new entry in the Banjo-Kazooie series? Are you looking forward to playing as the famous duo in Smash Ultimate? Share your thoughts below.

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