During its Nintendo Direct presentation at E3 2019, Nintendo revealed two new paid downloadable fighters coming to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game: Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series to be available this summer, and Banjo-Kazooie for this fall. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, bringing Banjo-Kazooie to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate proved to be an easy task:
“The ‘how’ is not actually that interesting,” Spencer told Kotaku when asked 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.”
“There wasn’t anything kind of CEO-to-CEO that had to happen,” he said. “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.”
“The licensing relationships between the two companies, they’re there and are kind of ongoing,” he said. “The reason it’s not some interesting, deep conversation is because with us owning Rare and the history between those two things, there are a lot of conversations over the years about, ‘Hey, we want to do “X” is that okay?’”
“I think it’s cool that Banjo is going to be in Smash,” he added.