Update January 19, 2022:
Nintendo announced last month that Banjo-Kazooie would be joining its Nintendo 64 library lineup through the company’s Nintendo Switch Online+ expansion pack subscription service. However, Nintendo only said at the time that it would launch in January. Now, we know when.
Nintendo revealed on Twitter that Banjo-Kazooie is coming to the Nintendo Switch Online+ expansion pack on January 20, or in other words, you can start playing this classic Nintendo 64 game from tomorrow! Here’s a trailer released by Nintendo to celebrate the news:
The original story continues below…
Original Story, December 10, 2021:
The Nintendo 64 library of the Switch Online expansion pack will get a dose of Rare next month when Banjo-Kazooie joins the service.
The game will join the service sometime in January, but there’s no firm date yet. The 1998 platformer is widely regarded as the standout game for the N64 (especially third-party games) and one of the most popular games of the entire era. While the expansion pack’s emulation wasn’t universally loved, it was cool to see Banjo-Kazooie back in N’s house. Given that Microsoft owns Rare, the only way to play Banjo is on Xbox, such as the rare replay series.
As a reminder, Paper Mario joined the expansion pack library today.