There is no doubt that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most important cross-over video game in the industry, bringing together the most memorable icons in the industry. At The Game Awards 2020 it was revealed that the next fighter to join this celebration is Sephiroth, the main enemy of Final Fantasy VII. Well, if you saw the ad, surely you noticed that Banjo and Kazooie appeared briefly and this generated mixed feelings in the creator of the characters.
What caught the attention of Steve Mayles, creator of characters like King K. Rool, Yooka and Laylee and Banjo and Kazooie, is that precisely this last duo was seen in the revelation of Sephiroth and in a great way, thanks to a great trailer CGI animation, which made Mayles highlight the dynamic animation of Banjo and Kazooie’s fur, as well as the earring Banjo is wearing.
However, when asked about the feeling that he gets from seeing the characters he created with a modern design thanks to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and even reacting to the arrival of another video game icon, Sephiroth, Mayles was seen with a Bittersweet taste, because he thinks it is something great, but he is also overwhelmed by the sadness of seeing what the series could be.
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Mayles and fans await the worthy return of Banjo-Kazooie from Microsoft
The developer does not mention it explicitly, but it is understood that it refers to the fateful fate that the series had after its golden age that it had on the Nintendo 64 at the hands of the old Rare, of which Mayles and other creatives who gave rise to the franchise, like songwriter Grant Kirkhope.
As you know, the current Rare is part of Microsoft and, although it tried to make the return of Banjo-Kazooie, the results did not live up to the expectations of the fans. Twitter user caelkins_art agreed with Mayles, adding that the adventurous duo likes the modern treatment so well that “it’s a shame Microsoft doesn’t even use them as promotional material as a mascot, at least.”