Update: In the original version of this article (which you can read below), we speculated that - if anything - the new Banjo-Kazooie merch might be linked to a potential remake. Now, it would seem that the idea of Banjo appearing as a DLC fighter in Smash Ultimate is perhaps the more likely option.
Resetera administrator, shinobi602, shared the following message on the site yesterday. The comment is obviously referring to a Smash Bros. appearance, hinting that he knows something the rest of us don't about an upcoming announcement.
You might be correctly wondering why we should be giving this comment any attention. Well, it turns out that shinobi602 has a pretty solid record of leaking info ahead of time. Users on Reddit have been digging into his history of leaks and teases; he's leaked details surrounding games like God of War, Destiny 2, Spider-Man, and more ahead of time, seemingly with very good accuracy. Apparently, the "smashing good time" phrase was even used by Resetera admins last year to tease the main game.
Nothing is known for certain just yet, but maybe there's still a small glimmer of hope for a Banjo-Kazooie Smash arrival?
Original Article (3rd June, 12pm): Classic Nintendo 64 title Banjo-Kazooie is so hugely adored that fans are almost always trying to will a new game into existence. If it isn't dreams of a new sequel, it's a desire to see the titular duo appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and - let's face it - we'd happily take both.
If you look hard enough, you'll find fresh batches of Banjo speculation littering the internet on a near daily basis, but this particular case carries a little more weight than usual and fans of the series are getting particularly excited. Gaming merchandise maker Exquisite Gaming has shared a tease of a new Banjo-Kazooie product set to be revealed soon; some have noted how Banjo's backpack appears to be based on a slightly new design, but that's not the only promising factor in play.
Exquisite Gaming has created merchandise for other popular franchises such as Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Sonic in recent times, with the merch on offer being released alongside new games. This point was raised to the company on Twitter, resulting in a cheeky - and dare we say teasing - reply.
So, if new Banjo-Kazooie content is on the way, what shape will it take? Well, there's the very slim chance that the pair could end up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as one of the remaining four DLC characters, but we'd imagine that a rerelease of the original games (perhaps as a bundle just like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy) is most likely.
Of course, none of this is confirmed just yet and the new merch could be completely unrelated to any new game. Still, it sure would be lovely to see our favourite bird and bear combo on Switch, wouldn't it?
Feel free to dream along with us in the comments below.