Nintendo Accidentally Lists Then Denies Banjo-Kazooie Release on Wii U

Nope, the original Banjo-Kazooie is not getting a new release on the Wii U virtual console. That was a mistake on Nintendo's part.

December 30, 2020

Nintendo announced on December 30 it has no plans to release Banjo-Kazooie on the Wii U Virtual console. The game was erroneously listed on an official Nintendo release schedule earlier on December 30, as to be released on the same day. Another game, Blast Corps, was mistakenly listed as well. The listing stated both games would release on the Wii U virtual console.

This is how the official Nintendo release schedule looked at 15:00 JST, December 30 (courtesy of Game Watch):

The game listed is Banjo and Kazooie’s Great Adventure, which is the Japanese name of the original N64 Banjo-Kazooie game.

Later on, the schedule was updated, with both games disappearing. Moreover, an apology explaining it was an error was added to the top of the schedule page

Banjo-Kazooie and Blast Corps are both games developers by Rare, released on Nintendo 64. Rare is now owned by Microsoft, releasing their games on Xbox consoles such as Xbox Series X.

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Banjo-Kazooie was first released on June 29, 1998, in USA. These days, Banjo and Kazooie are also playable in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

There’s a huge demand for a new Banjo-Kazooie game, and there’s definitely a demand for Banjo-Kazooie on Switch, new or not, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll happen. The composer of the series previously mentioned he’s not sure if there will ever be a new game. And nowadays there’s the spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee.

Now, does that error means Nintendo and Microsoft has plans for a Banjo-Kazooie port or new game on Switch? Was that a calculated mistake for stealth marketing? There’s no way to know. I personally doubt any of these theories, and that’s probably really just a mistake from the people in charge. And speaking of my Unneeded Opinion: Personally, having played both Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie when they first released, I always preferred the former. Then again both games are pretty different at the end of the day, and I find pretty weird that online discussion Battle Tendency to always pit both games against each other.

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