We couldn’t play the game Banjo-Kazooie on a Nintendo console more recent than the N64 since its developer, the Rare studio (creator in particular of Donkey Kong Country), was acquired by Microsoft in 2002.
The only exception is Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance handheld console, which got the game in 2003. Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge, and the special racing game Banjo Pilot, in 2005.
The American giant wanted after the fact the exclusivity for the hit series, whose last title, Nuts & Bolts, was released in 2008 on the Xbox 360 console.
But now that era is over: Switch console owners who also have a subscription to the Switch Online service with the expansion for classic games will be able to start a game with the famous animal characters.
Note also that classic games Banjo-Kazooie, its sequel Banjo Tooie and newest game Nuts & Bolts are already available on newer Xbox consoles with the Game Pass subscription.
Nintendo had a few hiccups in October when it launched its Switch Online subscription plan, which includes games from the Sega Genesis and N64 consoles. First by its price: you have to pay an additional $40 to get this addition to the initial annual subscription to Switch Online, already detailed at $25.
The family subscription is offered for an additional $55 with this extension, on a base price of $45 annually.
Players also faced many technical problems when the new subscription formula was launched. Some of the classic games were riddled with bugs, such as sound delays, texture issues, poor frame rates, and movement delays.
The next classic game to be added to the Switch Online catalog is The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, scheduled for February.