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Rare says Minecraft helped get Banjo in Smash Bros Ultimate

Published: 31/Jan/2020 21:35

by Michael Gwilliam

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Many fans were overjoyed when Banjo-Kazooie was announced he was joining the Smash Bros Ultimate roster as DLC, but as it turns out, an unlikely party helped make it all happen.

While Banjo was a Nintendo 64 star with two games on the system, his time in the spotlight was short-lived when Microsoft bought Rare.

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Still, Banjo made such an impact in the 90s and early 2000s that many considered him a shoo-in to make the Smash Bros roster. There are some unofficial rules regarding parameters that a character must meet in order to be considered, but it largely boils down to the franchise having a history of some sort on Nintendo consoles.

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Banjo was the second DLC fighter announced for Smash Ultimate.

That’s why, for instance, Cloud is in Smash Bros. While he may not have had an impact on Nintendo, Final Fantasy did.

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As it turned out, however, Minecraft of all things helped bridge the gap between Microsoft and the gaming giant and paved the way for Banjo to return to a Nintendo console.

In an interview with Games Industry Rare studio head Craig Duncan explained how the partnership came about.

“Minecraft had paved the way for that relationship between Nintendo and Microsoft,” he revealed. “I met with Nintendo at the E3 before we announced it. And then we connected our teams, because we thought it seemed like a great opportunity.”

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“We had an initial kick off call with Sakurai-san and some of his team,” he explained. “There was myself, Gregg Mayles… who is the father of Banjo, even though he hates it when we call him that. Andrew Wensley, who runs our business team. And a chap called Paul Cunningham, who runs our partnerships. Those people had a conversation, [Nintendo] talked through what their approach would be, and then that process started.”

After a year of sharing concepts and back-and-forth discussions, they “ended up with something that was really great.”

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Many fans were shocked when Banjo was announced for Smash.

Duncan noted, that the execution of the whole partnership “came from the Smash team.”

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Considering Minecraft’s global appeal and hype, one has to wonder if Steve – the game’s main protagonist – will ever be making it to Smash Bros himself.

With six new fighters announced for Nintendo’s flagship fighter, it will be fun to see what the future holds, especially considering the title already helped assist with bringing Banjo to Smash.

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When will Fortnite return to the Apple App Store for iOS devices?

Published: 12/Oct/2020 2:51

by Brad Norton

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With Epic Games and Apple still butting heads, when can mobile users expect to see Fortnite back in the App Store? The latest United States district court ruling has given us a rough idea of when we can expect to see it back.

When Epic made the move to implement a direct payment method for V-Bucks on mobile, Apple responded swiftly. The two major corporations have been locking horns in legal battles ever since. Fortnite was removed from the App Store and obviously, the player base has been dropping significantly with each passing day.

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Despite the developers trying to get the battle royale reinstated ahead of Season 4, Epic hasn’t had any luck as of yet. However, the latest courtroom update has given us new insight on when we can expect to see the game make its grand return to iOS devices.

Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers of the Northern District of California pushed out new rulings on October 9. Fortnite itself won’t be allowed back on the App Store amidst the legal drama. With the trial not commencing until May 3, 2021, the battle royale won’t be back until next year at the earliest.

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Mobile players haven’t been able to partake in Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season.

The original issue centered around Epic’s direct method of buying V-Bucks on mobile devices. This bypassed mandatory rules in which a good chunk of every purchase would go into Apple’s pockets. Unless Epic decides to drop this and revert back, mobile gamers will have to wait for the trial in May.

If you’re anxiously waiting to drop into the battle royale on your iPhone, you may not want to hold your breath.

This leaves us a seven-month window from the time of writing. That’s the absolute minimum wait if an agreement is reached near-instantly in the trial.

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It may seem like doom and gloom for those with Apple devices. However, the latest rulings did come with some good news. Epic’s Unreal Engine will not be impacted, meaning that other games can proceed on the App Store without hassle.

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Epic and Apple have been in direct battle since August 13.

“Epic Games is grateful that Apple will continue to be barred from retaliating against Unreal Engine,” the company said. While Epic is clearly relieved, the developers are still adamant about putting an end to “Apple’s anti-competitive behavior.”

With Fortnite still months out from a potential return to mobile devices, now could be the best time to swap over. Console and PC gamers haven’t missed a beat and next-gen versions of the game will even come boasting graphical upgrades.

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