Dragon Quest Hero and Banjo/Kazooie Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo unveiled two more DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during today’s direct presentation. First up is The Hero from Dragon Quest, which can be played as the leads from Dragon Quest XI, III, IV, or VIII. It’s due out this summer, followed by Banjo and Kazooie this fall, and you can see both in action in the trailers below.

It was an even bigger surprise: Banjo-Kazooie, Rare’s iconic bear, and breegul duo. The two-for-one character releases this fall, marking their first appearance on a Nintendo console since 2003’s Grunty’s Revenge for Game Boy Advance. However, the biggest surprise was saved for the very end: a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development for Switch. The original story follows. Per tradition, Nintendo has opted out of hosting an E3 live stream press conference for a prerecorded Direct. During its E3 show, Nintendo made good on its promise to reveal the newest DLC character to join the roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, coming in Summer 2019.

Nintendo’s ultimate E3 announcement yesterday involved the addition of a Microsoft-owned character to Smash Bros. This kind of company crossover between two platform holders might seem extraordinary, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that it was actually a pretty easy deal. “The ‘how’ is not actually that interesting,” Spencer told me when I asked him how adding Banjo-Kazooie to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came about. “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.”

Of course, Banjo-Kazooie is no stranger to Nintendo platforms — the duo originally premiered on Nintendo 64 hardware, back when Rare wasn’t owned by Microsoft. Aside from re-releases, we haven’t seen much of either character since 2008’s Nuts & Bolts, which was released for the Xbox 360. While Nintendo didn’t announce a price point for Banjo-Kazooie, it’s worth noting that they’ve said that each “challenger pack” will individually cost $5.99 each. Challenger packs come with a new fighter, stage, and music tracks. All currently planned challenger packs will be out by 2020. If we add Banjo-Kazooie to the list, which now also includes Dragon Quest’s hero that means there are two more characters left to reveal. A “fighters pass” is also purchasable, which bundles all DLC packs for $24.99, making them available as soon as they’re out.


Louis Bruno

louis have been writing about tech since 2014 after spending 10 years in a computer research lab studying and improving the future of computers. He watches Netflix sci-fi with his pet, Casey enjoying snacks.

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