Despite arriving on the Wii U this past November, Super Smash Bros. has once again become a hot topic amongst fans of the zany Nintendo beat 'em up. After announcing that both Mewtwo and Lucas will be arriving as DLC in the near future, the house of Mario shocked many gamers by announcing that it would be allowing fans to vote for the next fighter they want to see join the fray.
Nintendo specifically said during this announcement that it wouldn't be able to accommodate all wishes, as it doesn't have the rights or the time to use every character that'll be suggested. One character that many longtime followers of the Big N have wanted since the original Super Smash Bros. made its debut, however, is Banjo of Banjo-Kazooie fame. Despite fan demand, the IP is now owned by Microsoft – making it appear that the mascot would be forever out of reach.
Now the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has responded to a fan on Twitter that suggested Microsoft make the beloved bear and bird duo available to be included if enough fans vote for them. Spencer simply stated that "it would be cool" to see Banjo interacting with Nintendo's finest, and pointed to past instances when Microsoft and Nintendo have worked together to create games.
Previously, Nintendo has enlisted the help of Microsoft's Rare to bring Diddy Kong Racing to the DS, while the now defunct THQ published a portable iteration of Viva Piñata on the aforementioned handheld. Putting that history aside, there are few characters that deserve to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. more than Banjo.
Even though the immediate potential for a unique and fun-filled moveset is certainly there, the real question is whether or not the Big N would allow the character to make an appearance. Technically it would be advertising a mascot that now calls a rival platform home, which could easily sway Nintendo to side with a first-party character rather than go through the legal mumbo jumbo surrounding Rare's Banjo.
Still, it's nice to know that anything can still happen in Super Smash Bros., and it'll be interesting to see if any other developments emerge from this single Twitter encounter.
Would you like to see Banjo join Super Smash Bros. as a DLC fighter? Do you think other characters are more deserving? Get at us in the comments.
Source: Phil Spencer – Twitter