As we all know, Rare used to be a solid partner for Nintendo. During the N64 years, Nintendo held a significant stake in the UK firm, which created seminal games like Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, Blast Corps, Perfect Dark and Donkey Kong 64. It was also the company responsible for the N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie, which - following Microsoft's purchase of Rare - is now an Xbox IP.
However, recently Microsoft has made some encouraging comments regarding its brands and the chances of cross-platform releases on systems other than the Xbox One. With that in mind, you can forgive one optimistic fan for recently asking Xbox's Phil Spencer if he'd be open to Banjo and Kazooie appearing in an upcoming Smash.
Spencer's reply was gloriously short and sweet:
This isn't the first time Spencer has voiced this opinion. Back in 2015, he said he'd love to see the two characters appear in Nintendo's famous fighter. Given he's willing to publicly state this not once but twice, we can assume he's serious. (It also wouldn't be the first time that Banjo and Kazooie have appeared on Switch - they're available as a skin pack in Minecraft right now.)
It might sound unlikely, but there's clearly a change in the air at Microsoft right now; not only has the company said it is open to releasing its games on rival systems, Rare studio head Craig Duncan has also stated that he's willing to consider giving some of the company's classic IP to outside parties. Who knows what might happen? Could we potentially see Playtonic given the keys to some of Rare's classic IP, and could it potentially appear on Switch?
Permit your minds to run riot in the comments.