Banjo and Kazooie have become something of a green light for the gaming community, particularly among Nintendo fans, and gamers are dying for the characters to return to their former glory. What better way, then, than to join the likes of Mega Man, Duck Hunt, and other gaming legends who have been wonderfully revived in Super Smash Bros.? In fact, the lovable duo was a big talking point during this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, where we discussed movesets for two of our most-wanted newcomers for the future of Smash Bros.

The combat in
Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie is such a beautiful fit, it feels almost like these characters were made to join Smash. Check out the discussion video above for some ideas for how they should play, footage of potential moves, and why they’d be such a fun addition to the cast! Or, if you’re pressed for time, you can keep reading for a watered-down (and much less fun) version below.

Banjo and Kazooie have a ton of moves from their games that could work as specials. There’s the Beak Buster, the Feathery Flap, the Beak Barge, Egg Firing, and Wonder Wing, and that barely scratches the surface! We came up with several ideas for Final Smashes as well, including their Washing Machine transformation, which would work much like Cook Kirby from
Brawl, and Kazooie’s dragon transformation, which could work much like Yoshi’s Final Smash.

Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot closes tomorrow, so if you’d love to see the bear and bird make a triumphant return, be sure to vote for them here while you still have the chance!

Of course, there’s more than one way a character could work. What would you like to see out of Banjo and Kazooie if they ever join Super Smash Bros.?

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I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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