As rumors brewed over Dragon Quest protagonists and long-lost duo Banjo-Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC, one question lingered: which would get in? In true Smash Bros. fashion, the answer was…both! Bookending today’s E3 2019 Nintendo presentation, two newcomers in Rare’s beloved Banjo & Kazooie and The Hero from Square-Enix’s Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age are crashing the gaming all-star party. Let’s dissect both reveals, shall we?
Not only is Dragon Quest XI‘s Luminary hero joining the battle, but he’s bringing some friends — namely, the heroes of Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation, IV: Realms of Revelation, and VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. While The Hero is primarily represented by the Luminary, the other three Dragon Warriors can be selected as alt costumes. As seen in the trailer, various spells from the series such as Sizzle and Snooze can be performed — albeit to the cost of an MP meter, and all the absent series heroes join together for a sword-slinging Final Smash! And yes, don’t worry: the adorable Slime mascot appears in both the characters’ taunts and a Dragon Quest XI stage.
Meanwhile, a twenty-year wish is finally granted — with Microsoft’s blessing, Banjo & Kazooie finally join the fray! Rare’s dynamic duo unleashes familiar moves in the Breegull Buster, the Wondering, Grenade Eggs and more as they finally reunite with Donkey Kong, Mario, and the rest of the Nintendo crew. Their home in Spiral Mountain serves as the stage, with the Smash team’s attention for detail remaining some of gaming’s finest: everyone from Gruntilda, Mumbo Jumbo, Bottles, and yes, even Bubblegloop Swamp’s Buzzbomb dragonflies makes cameo appearances, and we’re certain more are waiting to pop up. (By the way, is that a 1-up statue we see hovering above Banjo’s home?)
Oh, and yes, your ears aren’t fooling you: not only is that a Spiral Mountan remix, but it’s been arranged by none other than Banjo-Kazooie’s composer in Grant Kirkhope! Grant spills the beans in this VideoGamesChronicle interview, but in the meantime, let’s hear it for Smash‘s first western composer!
As for release dates: Dragon Quest’s The Hero is set to launch sometime this summer, with Banjo & Kazooie arriving this fall. We’ll keep you up to date on any following information, but in the meantime, you can check out The Hero’s page here.
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