Nintendo Switch Coming Soon: N64 Classic Banjo-Kazooie
Rare’s Nintendo 64 platformer Banjo-Kazooie has been confirmed for release on the Nintendo Switch Online service. It will be alongside other titles from the classic console like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Paper Mario 64.
N64 games were recently added as an option to the online subscription service – which offered NES and SNES games as a nice bonus at a very affordable cost – along with a variety of Mega Drive/Genesis games. The Switch Online Expansion launched in October 2021 with nine N64 games. However, some Nintendo fans felt that the nine games weren’t worth the investment. Then came the performance issues. But that’s another story.
There are more N64 titles due to be added to Switch Online, and we know that a true classic is now set in motion. Banjo – is the 3D platformer that has been the most polygonal to Super Mario 64. It will launch in January 2022. We don’t know the exact date, but VGC reports that Rare’s game developers are thrilled to see the game join the Online service. “It’s an honor to be ushering a bear and bird onto Nintendo’s latest console. It offers another modern way (alongside Rare) for you to enjoy its many collectibles, googly eyes, and @XboxGamePass.
Datamining suggests that the Switch will eventually receive more N64 games on Virtual Console for Wii and Wii U. This isn’t a huge surprise considering that 21 N64 games were available on the buy-and-keep service. However, when it comes to this iconic Nintendo console, we’ll take all we can get (and yes, we will eventually pay to upgrade… most likely).