Banjo & Kazooie (SSBU)

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Banjo & Kazooie
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo & Kazooie
Universe Banjo-Kazooie
Availability Downloadable
Final Smash unnamed
Banjo-Kazooie are Raring to Go!
—Introduction Tagline

Banjo & Kazooie (バンジョー&カズーイ, Banjo & Kazooie), formatted in their reveal trailer as Banjo-Kazooie, are playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They were announced alongside the Hero during the E3 Nintendo Direct on June 11th, 2019 as the fourth DLC character and are the third downloadable character for the Fighters Pass. Banjo & Kazooie will be released in Fall 2019. Banjo & Kazooie are classified as Fighter #73.

Both characters are voiced by Chris Sutherland, using voice clips directly taken from Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie.


  • Their design is based on their original, more rounded appearance from Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, but now with detailed fur and feathers. In addition, Banjo's backpack now sports a backflap and the logo of Rare Ltd.
  • They use various abilities from their home series, namely the two aforementioned games:
    • Talon Trot, which appears as part of their dash.
    • A double or multi-jump, resembling the Feathery Flap.
    • A neutral attack consisting of two paw swipes followed by an uppercut, resembling the Claw Swipe.
    • A sideways peck resembling the Beak Bayonet, possibly a forward tilt.
    • Beak Barge, a low peck attack which appears to be their down tilt and a pseudo-crawl.
    • Breegull Bash, a move where Banjo uses Kazooie as a club to hit foes in front, which appears to be their forward smash.
    • Three consecutive pecks for their back aerial, resembling a reversed Rat-a-tat Rap.
    • Egg Shot, where Kazooie fires a Blue Egg forward, presumably as a neutral special. The move can flow into the Breegull Blaster, where Banjo moves around holding Kazooie as an egg-firing gun in a similar manner to Mega Man's Mega Buster shots.
    • Wonderwing, an invincible sideways dash (presumably a side special) limited by a stock of five Golden Feathers.
    • Shock Spring Jump, presumably as their up special, which briefly has them spawn a Shock Spring Pad below them. Does not appear to make them helpless.
    • Grenade Egg, which spawns an explosive item behind the duo. This is presumably a down special.
    • Their Final Smash is the Jinjonator, from the final boss fight in Banjo-Kazooie, where the duo uses eggs to activate large statues of Jinjos to attack a shielded Gruntilda.
  • A taunt where they look at each other jovially while Banjo gives a thumbs up.
  • A taunt where Banjo bows twice while laughing, based on the animation that plays after collecting all ten Jiggies in a world or opening a note door in Banjo-Kazooie.
  • An animation, most likely a taunt or an idle, where Banjo does a stretch. Based on an animation from Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

Alternate costumes[edit]

  • The only confirmed alternate costume for Banjo & Kazooie features Banjo with pink fur, likely based on Mumbo Jumbo, while Kazooie has lighter orange plumage similar to her appearance in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

Reveal trailer[edit]



  • Their reveal trailer is almost exactly like King K. Rool's trailer, where King Dedede uses a costume to fake out the Kongs, only to be attacked by the real King K. Rool. In this case, while King K. Rool was asleep at the Kong residence, Duck Hunt used a costume to fake them out, only for them to get attacked by the real Banjo & Kazooie.
    • Duck Hunt dressing up as Banjo and Kazooie may reference the perceived similarities between them, as they are both pairs consisting of a mammal and a bird.
    • Their reveal trailer also references the ending of their original game; the duo summon the Jinjonator to send King K. Rool crashing into the ground to be buried by a large boulder, the same fate met by Gruntilda.
    • The opening part is nearly identical, with the only difference being the addition of the Kongs fighting King K. Rool to the hand-drawn section.
  • Their introduction tagline is a reference to Rare Ltd., the company from which their video game series originated. Rare also rebooted the Donkey Kong series with Donkey Kong Country, the setting of their reveal trailer.
    • Despite this, only Microsoft is credited for their inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's copyright information under "Original Characters", as Rare is now fully owned by Microsoft. This is despite the fact that Atlus is credited separately from Sega (in spite of Atlus similarly being under Sega's ownership), which itself is interesting considering that PlatinumGames are not credited separately for Bayonetta's presence in Smash.
  • The segment of Banjo & Kazooie's trailer where they team up with Diddy Kong to fight a giant Donkey Kong references the battle against Conga the Ape in the first level of Banjo-Kazooie. Donkey Kong is shown throwing an orange, referencing Conga's method of attack, while Diddy Kong represents Chimpy, a monkey who helps the duo defeat him.
  • At the end of Banjo & Kazooie's reveal trailer, Banjo is seen slowly walking up to Food next to an asleep giant Ivysaur, then consuming it and running away. This is a reference to an event in Banjo-Tooie, where in Mayahem Temple, they have to steal a Jiggy from the character Ssslumber by slowly walking up to it, in order to prevent him from waking up and protecting it.
  • The picture revealing Banjo's pink alternate costume is a subtle nod to Freezeezy Peak; the most noticeable part is the Super Launch Star, which references the star on top the Christmas tree in the level.
  • Banjo & Kazooie are the only third-party characters who fight as a team.
  • Not counting ports and cameos, this marks the first physical appearance of Banjo & Kazooie in almost a decade, since the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, released in 2010.
    • Their inclusion in Ultimate marks their first physical appearance on a Nintendo console since Banjo-Pilot, released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.
  • Banjo & Kazooie have the unique distinction of being the only third-party character in the game to have formerly been a second-party Nintendo character, as well as the only third-party character to be created by the same company as a first-party character (Diddy Kong and King K. Rool). Banjo, in fact, debuted within the Donkey Kong franchise in Diddy Kong Racing; Kazooie was not playable, but she was mentioned in the instruction manual.
  • Banjo & Kazooie are the first playable characters to originate from a non-Japanese franchise.
    • They are also the first playable characters to be owned by a direct hardware competitor to Nintendo.
  • Their stock icon is similar to the pose they make on the cover art of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
  • Kazooie is the second female character voiced by a male actor, the first being Inkling.
  • Uniquely, though Banjo & Kazooie are listed on the official website, their page is currently grayed out and inaccessible.

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