Kotaku has had the chance to chat with Xbox boss Phil Spencer about the inclusion of Rare’s Banjo and Kazooie in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The iconic bear and bird will be added as DLC fighters in the Autumn. As readers of the site will know, Mr. Spencer has always been behind the inclusion of Banjo appearing in Super Smash Bros and it was an easy decision to add the former Nintendo IP to the Smash Bros franchise. Here’s what he had to say to Kotaku.
“The ‘how’ is not actually that interesting. Obviously we’re one of the biggest third-party publishers on Switch, so we have great relationships with their third-party team. And you’ve seen the ambition they’ve had with every character that’s ever been in Smash and even more. So it was just kind of part of the partnership relationship we have with them.”
“There wasn’t anything kind of CEO-to-CEO that had to happen. People have asked me on social [media]—I’m sure you’ve seen that—over many years: ‘Would I welcome having Banjo in Smash?’ and I’ve always been open to that.”