In a blow to console warriors that want the major console manufacturers to battle it out to the death, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spoken positively about the potential for Rare IP to be featured as DLC in Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Now that would be something to behold.
This is in reference to the recently launched Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, which allows fans to submit votes for characters that they want to see as future DLC for the fighting games. Asked about the possibility of Banjo - who made his début in N64 title Banjo-Kazooie - votes becoming a reality, the amiable Microsoft executive stated that it's certainly possible, emphasizing that Nintendo and his company have previously co-operated on Rare IP with "no problems".
We're not quite sure what's meant by the previous work comment - could this refer to the disappearance and then re-appearance of the Donkey Kong Country games on the Wii Virtual Console? We were under the impression that was all in Nintendo's hands as owner of the DK IP, but that's speculation.
In any case, this positive message is certainly welcome, and is sure to get fans of Retro's Nintendo days rather excited - and no doubt submitting even more votes.
We won't know for some time whether this can be a reality, but it'll be interesting to watch the internet meltdown if it is announced in the future.
Would you like to see Banjo - and Kazooie? - as Super Smash Bros. DLC?
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