Rare’s happy 3D platformer game returns on January 20th
Ever since Nintendo teased it Banjo-Kazooie came to the Nintendo Switch in January, I have counted the days for one of a kind out of nowhere “here is the release date!” tweets. We got exactly that tonight, and the date is set for Thursday, January 20th. Rare’s classic Jiggy collecting adventure is one of my most anticipated Switch Online additions, at least in terms of the confirmed N64 list. I mean, the music alone!
I know myself well enough to know that I can not just look around Grunty’s Lair and pick up a pair of Jinjos in Mumbo’s Mountain and call it a day. Nah, I’m gonna have to play Banjo-Kazooie until I find every last collector’s thing and face that quiz show that is still nerve-wracking to this day. So much of this game holds. And the best things – especially the layered hub-based exploration and timeless melodies – are a unique vibe.
Of course, Banjo-Kazooie does not get a direct port that you can go out and buy in eShop – it arrives at Switch using the expensive, annual subscription service for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which we apparently all have a lot of thoughts about, more bad than good. For as many miles as I get out of it with bangers like Paper Mario, the slow release schedule is unnecessarily tedious. And again, the price.
Then again, I do not have to open that can of worms every time. The famous bird and bear duo are back on a Nintendo platform after far too long. It feels strange. Good, but strange.
I know it’s going to be hard for fans of 4J Studios’ excellent Xbox version to adapt to the less than ideal emulation that Nintendo uses for these Switch Online offerings, but I’m looking forward to revisiting one of my favorite games. in one way or another. Its gonna be very nice.