Banjo-Kazooie is returning to Nintendo shortly

The Nintendo Switch version of Banjo-Kazooie has been assigned a release date: January 20. Rare’s renowned bear and bird combination will come returned on Nintendo systems starting tomorrow.

As a reminder, the game, along with the rest of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack’s library of Nintendo 64 titles, will only be accessible via the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

Banjo and Kazooie go on an expedition to save Banjo’s sister Tooty from the evil witch Gruntilda in this collectathon platformer, which was first published in 1998.

What’s the big deal about this?

Although Banjo and Kazooie were first released on Nintendo, Rare was bought by Microsoft in 2002. Although two additional Banjo-Kazooie games were produced for the Game Boy Advance, the brand was practically an Xbox exclusive.

Following the mixed response of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts in 2008, which focused more on vehicle construction and racing, the series has been caught in limbo with no new releases, with the exception of the inclusion of all three console games in the Rare Replay collection.

However, because to a growing connection between Nintendo and Microsoft, Banjo and Kazooie were able to be included as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This is most likely what led to the original game’s re-release on Nintendo Switch, which has fans optimistic that additional Rare classics like Banjo-Tooie, Jet Force Gemini, and Perfect Dark would follow suit.

There are also rumours that Goldeneye 007, the N64 adaption of the 1997 James Bond film Rare, may be published on Switch and Xbox in the near future.