During E3 2019, Nintendo revealed that Banjo-Kazooie would be heading to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, after years of fan requests. While western fans lost their collective minds over the bird-and-bear, some might be wondering: how did Japanese gamers react to Banjo?
Thanks to Legends of Localization, we now have a better idea of their responses, which you can check out below. Generally speaking, many of them were actually quite happy themselves about the announcement – with some even congratulating western fans! Some stragglers were a little less satisfied, however, and wanted something a little more familiar…
I got so excited about Banjo-Kazooie that I cried! Now I gotta go buy me a Switch!!
Sakurai is really kindhearted. He listens too much to what players say. He clearly listened to the foreign audience with Banjo and stuff.
I never played Banjo but I did hear the bird felt really heavy to hold, so I laughed when I saw that the bird really does look heavy in the promo video.
Coming from the N64 generation, having Banjo-Kazooie is so great. I was overjoyed when he did the peace sign. Please do a remake too.
I never knew Microsoft owned the rights to Banjo-Kazooie until now.
I don’t know much about Banjo, but they were made by Rare who did Donkey Kong, right?
Now there’s a third monkey in the game.
I haven’t seen Banjo-Kazooie since the commercials. It sure takes me back. I can’t wait to see them in action!
Banjo-Kazooie? I have no idea who they are. Who are they?
The Banjo-Kazooie announcement felt so shocking and miraculous and moving and like a dream come true that I felt like I was gonna lose my mind.
I’m happy with Square’s long-awaited Dragon Quest representation, but Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie addition makes me many times happier. I can’t believe we can finally see Donkey Kong and Banjo-Kazooie together at last!
DQ Hero announced!
What a joke. They should add characters from Splatoon, not these characters nobody knows!
They should really release Banjo-Kazooie on the Virtual Console or something. I’d like to play it again after all this time…
I had lost all hope for Banjo-Kazooie, so I’m so happy that they made it in!
They didn’t add Sans from Undertale, but they did add the Hero from Dragon Quest and Banjo-Kazooie! So it was still great!
I had the same reaction. When that jigsaw puzzle piece came flying by, I literally teared up.
Donkey Kong’s reaction is probably pretty much the same way foreigners reacted I bet.
Now we just need Geno!! Please, give us Geno!!
Japanese people have no interest in Banjo-Kazooie, and foreigners have no interest in Dragon Quest. So it’s a win-win.
I’m very happy about the Banjo-Kazooie announcement.
I would’ve preferred them to add Yangus, Angelo, or Jessica from Dragon Quest 8 instead of Banjo-Kazooie.
When I try to remember Banjo-Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot keeps coming to mind instead.
As one born in this modern age, I’ve not heard of Banjo and Kazooie before… but I am genuinely delighted with retro characters such as these being added. Learning about characters you never knew before is fun, also.
I saw a lot of (Japanese) tweets saying “who?” so I’m glad to see a reaction like this
To be honest, I’m way more excited for Banjo-Kazooie than the Dragon Quest character
Banjo? Hero? Forget them, just make Takeshi [note: Brock in English] playable already!
I got so excited when they re-created the final scene from Banjo-Kazooie 1.
Seriously, please add Geno
I think I’ll probably only ever use Banjo from now on
Me, when Banjo-Kazooie was announced for Smash: Banjo! Kazooie! You’re alive!
Check out the full list of comments over here. We’ll report back when we have more news about the new DLC fighter heading to Smash in Fall 2019.