Spiral Mountain

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Spiral Mountain
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Universe Banjo-Kazooie
Appears in Ultimate
Home stage to Banjo & Kazooie
Availability Downloadable
Music
Bolded tracks must be unlocked
Ultimate Banjo-Kazooie series music

Spiral Mountain (クルクルやま, Spiral Mountain) is an upcoming downloadable stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It will be bundled with Banjo & Kazooie as part of Challenger Pack 3 when it releases in Fall 2019.

Description[edit]

Not much is currently known about the stage. The main platform appears to be the peak of Spiral Mountain. As shown in Banjo & Kazooie's introduction trailer, the plane of gameplay appears to rotate around the centre of the mountain, causing characters and objects on the spiral pathway to be pushed up the mountain. Additionally, a screenshot shows two wooden platforms on either side. Bottles, Mumbo Jumbo, and Gruntilda all cameo on the stage, with Gruntilda flying in the background on her broom.

Origin[edit]

Spiral Mountain as it originally appeared in Banjo-Kazooie.

Spiral Mountain is the starting area in Banjo-Kazooie and every other game afterwards. Banjo's house is located at the foot of the mountain, and Gruntilda the witch resides in a lair near its peak, connected via a rope bridge. In the first game, it serves as a tutorial area, where Bottles the mole teaches Banjo and Kazooie some basic abilities to prepare them for their adventure. The duo can explore around the mountain, find a set of Extra Honeycomb Pieces and some extra lives, and fight the mountain's living vegetation before heading into Gruntilda's Lair.

In Banjo-Tooie, Spiral Mountain has been trashed by Gruntilda's minions just after her departure; many chunks of the landscape have been broken off and litter the ground. The bridge to Gruntilda's Lair is broken off, and its inside has partially collapsed; only the initial lobby, occupied by Cheato the spellbook, is accessible. The top of the spiral also has a Flight Pad, letting the pair explore more of its surroundings, including a waterfall cave.

Spiral Mountain's updated design in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Spiral Mountain is overviewed and briefly explored in the prologue before Banjo, Kazooie, and Gruntilda warp to Showdown Town with the Lord of Games. The duo return there for the final boss fight against Gruntilda, and stay there after their adventure ends. A significant portion of the upper cliffs is able to be explored, though it is simply more land rather than anything of interest.

The design of Spiral Mountain and its surrounding area in Ultimate is largely based on its appearance in the original game, as the bridge to Gruntilda's lair is still open and the landscape is unscathed. There is also some influence from its appearance in Nuts & Bolts, particularly with regards to its color palette and the geometry of various locations, such as the mountain itself.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

A comparison of Banjo's house across its appearances.
  • The design of Banjo's house is a mixture of its more detailed appearance in Nuts & Bolts—including Banjo's name written on the door—with its original, undamaged appearance in the first game. Just like in the original Banjo-Kazooie, an Extra Life statue is hovering above the chimney.
  • Although a Buzzbomb enemy can be seen flying in the background of the stage, Buzzbombs never appeared on Spiral Mountain in the original Banjo-Kazooie.
    • Its appearance on this stage may therefore reference the opening sequence of the game, which features a Buzzbomb flying in the sky before it crashes into the Rareware logo and falls into a lake in an unidentified grassy area.