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Microsoft’s Xbox chief has a great idea for a new Super Smash Bros. character

This is a good sign for Banjo fans.


Imad Khan

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 4, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 3:52 am CDT

The head of Microsoft‘s Xbox division is apparently a fan of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise.

Shortly after Nintendo launched a program to let fans recommend characters for the next Super Smash Bros. game, Xbox chief Phil Spencer tweeted that he wanted to see the series incorporate Banjo from the Banjo-Kazooie series that Microsoft has published since 2008.

There’s a good reason why Spencer chose Banjo over a character like, say, Halo star Master Chief: Banjo-Kazooie, the 1998 Nintendo 64 game that launched the eponymous series, was developed by Rare, which Microsoft acquired (along with all of its intellectual property) in 2000. In 2009, Microsoft re-released the first game on its Xbox Live Arcade platform.

Fans all over the Internet have been throwing suggestions at Nintendo for a new Smash character, from Dragon Ball Zs Goku to obscure Internet jokes like Coldsteel the Hedgeheg.

Screengrab via Gamerscoreblog/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 4, 2015, 4:16 pm CDT