Banjo-Kazooie added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Moveset, tricks, more - Dexerto

Banjo-Kazooie added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Moveset, tricks, more

Published: 4/Sep/2019 22:39 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 10:17

by Michael Gwilliam


After the September 4 Nintendo Direct, Smash’s creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed the move set for Banjo-Kazooie and thanked Microsoft for letting the duo appear in the game.

Sakurai said that Nintendo used a lot of actions that Banjo used in the original game. For example, the jump is based on their abilities such as Flap Flip and Feathery Flap. (Timestamp 4:05 for mobile users)

The neutral attack, claw swipe is similar to the one used in the N64 title, but they’ve built upon the animation. (Timestamp 4:10 for mobile users)

The duo’s dash attack is a roll, similar to the one Donkey Kong uses and their down tilt is “Beak Barge” – a downward peck from Kazooie. (Timestamp 4:27 for mobile users)

The Up-Smash, Bill Drill is a consecutive attack that sends opponents flying into the air. (Timestamp 4:37 for mobile users)

The side-smash, called Breegull Bash, is a slower-paced heavy attack where Banjo will literally hit an opponent over the head with Kazooie. (Timestamp 4:47 for mobile users)

Of note, the back-air, Air Rat-a-tat Rap hits three times making it a pretty unique move. (Timestamp 5:13 for mobile users)

NintendoEgg Firing can be used as a rapid fire attack.

The down-air Beak Buster looks like it has spike potential and appears similar to Link’s down-air, but with Kazooie acting in place of a sword. (Timestamp 5:17 for mobile users)

“As you can see, even their regular attacks are based on attacks from their original games,” Sakurai said.

Banjo’s neutral special, Egg Firing will launch an egg at an opponent. Holding down the B button will allow for some rapid auto fire, but the power of the eggs will decrease.
(Timestamp 5:48 for mobile users)

Side special, Wonder Wing is an invincible charging attack and will win out against other moves, but you can only use the move five times in one stock. It has multiple uses though, such as using it for a recovery. (Timestamp 6:25 for mobile users)

NintendoWonder Wing can be used as a good recovery option.

 Up-special is called Shock Spring Jump and creates a spring under Banjo launching him into the air. Just like Sonic’s up-air, in which the spring can be used to edge guard an opponent trying to recover. It’s also unique in that Banjo can use his neutral jump afterwards. (Timestamp 7:36 for mobile users)

The height of the jump will change depending on how long the player holds the button down.

Down special meanwhile launches a grenade egg at a target but can only be used from behind. But opponents can grab it and use it against Banjo, just like Diddy Kong’s banana peel or other Rob’s Gyro. (Timestamp 8:27 for mobile users)

NintendoBanjo’s final smash is The Mighty Jinjonator.

Finally, Banjo’s final smash, The Mighty Jinjonator is the same move that delivered the killing blow to antagonist Gruntilda in the original game. (Timestamp 9:29 for mobile users)

The full list of moves shown in the video is below.

  • Neutral A: Claw Swipe
  • Flurry Attack: Rat-a-tat Rap
  • Dash: Forward Roll
  • Down Tilt: Beak Barge
  • Up Smash: Bill Drill
  • Forward Smash: Breegull Bash
  • Neutral Air: Wing Whack
  • Back Air: Air Rat-a-tat Rap
  • Down Air: Beak Buster
  • Neutral B: Egg Firing
  • Side B: Wonder Wing
  • Up B: Shock Spring Jump
  • Down B: Rear Egg
  • Final Smash: Mighty Jinjonator

Smash players itching to get their hands on Banjo can do so right now.


Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.