Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ssbu box art
Video game
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Masahiro Sakurai
Platform Nintendo Switch
Release Date December 7, 2018
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 12
Media Digital Download, Cartridge
Input Method(s) Joy-Con, Switch Pro Controller, etc.
Accessories N/A

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. It was first teased on March 8th, 2018 at the end of a Nintendo Direct video presentation, and was fully revealed on June 12th at E3 2018. It is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series (sixth if both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4 are counted separately). The game was released worldwide on December 7th, 2018.

Banjo & Kazooie were announced as playable characters via the Best Friends trailer aired during the E3 Nintendo Direct on June 11th, 2019. They were released as downloadable content on September 4th, 2019 - they are the third DLC character released through the Fighters Pass, and the fourth downloadable character overall. They are classified as Fighter #73.

This marks Banjo's first appearance with Diddy Kong since Diddy Kong Racing, his and Kazooie's first appearance in a home Nintendo console since Banjo Tooie, their first appearance in a game on a Nintendo system and in their original design since Banjo Pilot as well as their first appearance in a game since Sonic and Sega All Star Racing.

Spiral Mountain is included as a playable stage, along with a new version of the level's music arranged by Grant Kirkhope which incorporates a medley of melodies from many other Banjo-Kazooie levels[1]. Gruntilda, Mumbo Jumbo, Bottles, Buzzbomb, and Tooty make cameo appearances as background characters on the stage.[2]

Banjo & Kazooie's moveset incorporates a wide range of the duo's abilities from Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie, including the Beak Barge, Beak BayonetBreegull Bash, Breegull BlasterClaw SwipeEgg Firing, Feathery Flap, Flap Flip, Grenade Eggs, Grip Grab, Rat-a-tat Rap, Shock Spring Jump, Talon Trot, and Wonderwing. Their taunts include their Note Door dance from Banjo-Kazooie, and their Final Smash summons the mighty Jinjonator atop Grunty's Lair.

Additionally, characters from the Banjo-Kazooie series appear as Spirits that can be obtained through the DLC Spirit Board.





  • Banjo's backpack has a little Rare badge affixed to it. The backpack also has a second flap at its base now, which Kazooie opens up during the Talon Trot or backwards Egg Firing. Steve Mayles originally wanted to animate the characters this way when developing Banjo-Kazooie, but because of the N64's processing limitations he was unable to add an extra skeletal joint for it.[3] 
  • The Spirits for Tooty, BottlesBuzzbomb, the Jinjos, The Mighty Jinjonator, and Gruntilda recieve brand-new artwork.
  • The Spiral Mountain music arrangement by Grant Kirkhope is the first track in the game to be arranged by a non-Japanese composer.
  • Even though it is a background cameo, this marks Tooty's first appearance in a game since the original Banjo-Kazooie.


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