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Banjo and Kazooie are already dominating some Smash Ultimate tournaments

Published: 5/Sep/2019 21:32 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 22:39

by Michael Gwilliam


Only one day after their release in Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, Banjo and Kazooie are showing some impressive tournament results. 

The duo was tournament legal in Tokyo’s Ueno and So-Cal’s Wednesday Night Fights, but no one did quite as well as Sota ‘Zackray’ Okada who placed second using the freshly downloadable duo. 


Nor only that, but Shuto ‘Shuton’ Moriya placed fourth, also using the bird and the bear at the Japanese event. Another Banjo/Kazooie player named KEN tied for 9th place, showing he was on the cusp with the new character as well. 

NintendoJapanese Smash pro Zackray came second using Banjo at a tournament.

Zackray announced recently that he had dropped Wolf as a main so it will be interesting to see if he sticks with Banjo or opts for a more meta pick.


The next notable Smash Bros tournament, DreamHack Montreal sadly won’t be letting players select the new DLC. Event organizer Alex Jebailey told Dexerto via Twitter that Banjo isn’t legal because he just came out.

Once the dust has settled upon his release and more than just weeklies allow for DLC action, it will be fun to see if Banjo can maintain strong results. 

UenoPlayers are seeing some success with Banjo in Japan.

What do pros think about Banjo? 

Legendary Smash icon Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios says he thinks Banjo is good and plans on doing a full review in the future.


“He’s got a great recovery that is boosted by his grenade. The grenade is an excellent neutral, ledgetrap and combo tool. His side B is busted if you don’t mash it on neutral too,” the former EVO champion tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Melee superstar William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte showed off some interesting Banjo tech using the grenade as a recovery tool, just like how Link can use his bomb to reset his up special. 

“Nade recovery is real,” the Super Smash Con victor said. 


However, not everyone is super impressed. Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren, one of the “five Gods of Melee” wasn’t blown away. 

In a first impressions video Armada said, “Overall, I feel like this character [is] not too strong.” (Timestamp 10:25 for mobile viewers)


While he praised Banjo’s grenade and side B as the fighter’s two best moves, the Melee pro did had one major suggestion on how to improve him. 

“If I could make one change to this character, it would legit be to get the grenade in the hand right away.” (Timestamp 11:07 for mobile viewers)

Banjo-Kazooie is available right now as a DLC fighter. The game’s next DLC, Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury is slated for a November release


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.