In a recent interview with the YouTube channel Shesez, Banjo-Kazooie composer Grant Kirkhope was asked about how he felt when he heard his music in the character reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and how it compared to his other career highlights.
According to the living legend himself, it’s on par with the time Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was first revealed for the Nintendo Switch at the Ubisoft E3 conference a number of years ago:
“I don’t think I’ve felt like this before…When Mario + Rabbids came out, that was gigantic, and I guess it’s comparable to that. Getting to do Mario was amazing and [seeing] Mr. Miyamoto on the stage at Ubisoft - the conference at E3 - a couple years ago, was incredible. That was equally as incredible. For me, those two moments in my career have to be the biggest really because I haven’t felt anything like that before.”
Kirkhope also wasn’t aware how prominently his work would feature in the reveal trailer for Banjo (thanks, VGC):
“I guessed they [Nintendo] were going to do a little bit of me with other pieces mixed in. But when it came to the trailer it was just all my music, so I was absolutely over the moon, I couldn’t believe it.”
Seeing all of the fan reactions online made it even more touching for Kirkhope:
“It’s so touching, it makes you realise what a big force video games are in general…they’re such a big intrinsic part of people’s lives these days…I can’t compare it to anything.”
If you would like to find out how the talented individual got to compose music for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, check out our previous article.
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