It’s not exactly Banjo-Threeie, but this announcement might be just as exciting. Confirmed today at the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, Banjo-Kazooie, that is, Banjo the bear and Kazooie the breegull are coming to the greatest crossover in video games: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The duo will be rubbing shoulders and trading fists and feathers with the likes of Mario, Link, and Pikachu, as well as other guest characters like Joker from Persona 5 the Hero from Dragon Quest, who was announced at the same presentation.

In traditional Nintendo fashion, the reveal didn’t come without a rustle. The announcement trailer began with Donkey Kong and his pal Diddy are chilling with their nemesis King K. Rool, when they’re startled by something. It appears to be a bird–but it’s not a breegull, just the duck from the Duck Hunt duo. Your guard is let down, but just for a second–Kazooie and Banjo pop out and all is right with the world.

If you’re familiar with Banjo-Kazooie, their fighting style in Smash Bros. Ultimate won’t have too many surprises. Banjo will throw punches, Kazooie will both fire eggs and use heris wings to help Banjo float and return to stage. Banjo-Kazooie will be available in Smash Bros. in Fall 2019.

The news was particularly notable, given Banjo and Kazooie are characters belonging to Rare, which is owned by Microsoft. Of course, Nintendo was the original publisher of the Banjo series.

Banjo-Kazooie wasn’t the only character announced today–Japanese RPG fans can look forward to the Hero from Dragon Quest, who will arrive in Summer 2019. Hero will fight with a sword, shield, an assortment of magical spells, and his trusty Slime buddy.The hero can take the form of the protagonists from Dragon Quest 3, 4, 10, and 11. You can find more about him in our story.

In our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review, we said “An inconsistent online mode and situational downers don’t stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from shining as a flexible multiplayer game that can be as freewheeling or as firm as you want it to be. Its entertaining single-player content helps keep the game rich with interesting things to do, as well as bolstering its spirit of loving homage to the games that have graced Nintendo consoles. Ultimate’s diverse content is compelling, its strong mechanics are refined, and the encompassing collection is simply superb.”

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