Tonight, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers got the chance to revisit one of the greatest games of the Nintendo 64 era: Banjo-Kazooie! Released on the N64 in 1998, Banjo-Kazooie built-on the 3D platforming of Super Mario 64, while offering a rich world filled with entertaining new characters. Banjo and Kazooie were quickly embraced by the Nintendo faithful, and a sequel was released just two years later. However, the sale of developer Rare Ltd. to Microsoft in 2001 resulted in Banjo and Kazooie becoming Xbox mascots. The characters appeared in 2008's Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts on Xbox 360, but the pair haven't received their own title, since.
It's unclear when Banjo and Kazooie might get their own game again, but clearly Nintendo fans are just happy to see the original game again! Banjo-Kazooie's release on Switch has resulted in the game trending on social media, as fans have shared their happiness over the release, and even some images of their original Banjo-Kazooie cartridges! Hopefully, the excitement will convince Microsoft to revisit the series. For many fans, it's clearly been way too long.
Keep reading to see what fans are saying about Banjo-Kazooie!
Reunited and it feels so good!
IT IS TIME! BANJO KAZOOIE HERE I COME!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7TvvgJaYj7— Gemma Dilemma (@gemofgems93) January 21, 2022
Banjo-Kazooie has some passionate fans.
The beloved Bear and Bird have returned to the switch once again! I haven’t played it yet but to celebrate, here’s a Banjo-Kazooie License Plate I got in 2019. https://t.co/RdZV3dVx3d pic.twitter.com/4TDiPAvI0a— Yellow Dawgy (@gamer_ghost14) January 21, 2022
Dare we dream?
Banjo Kazooie is home! Not pushing my luck, but imagine Diddy Kong Racing with online multiplayer!!
*obligatory Gyu-huh*— NeedleHimer (@NeedleHimer) January 21, 2022
Gotta imagine Banjo-Tooie won't be far behind.prevnext
The nostalgia is real!
Holy crap what a throwback, I’ve missed you banjo-kazooie! pic.twitter.com/qxlVwnhlqj— imepoque (@imepoque) January 21, 2022
Pretty bold statement, right there.
1 Banjo-Kazooie >>>>>>>> every other game currently on Nintendo 64 Online combined— WallStaple (@WallStaple) January 21, 2022
A lot of fans still have their N64 copies!
Welcome back Banjo-Kazooie 🖤 pic.twitter.com/JK5fejRUyO— ジュース (@JusuSyu) January 21, 2022