UPDATE: Xbox PR reached out to us via email to clarify that the listing on Amazon Germany was indeed a mistake. No formal statement on the matter was provided, but we were assured that the listing was just an error following the announcement that Banjo-Kazooie would appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While it's a sad day, it was to be expected, as E3 would have been the perfect time to reveal a new Banjo-Kazooie game. Considering we didn't see any kind of announcement out of the conference this year, it's probably safe to say we'll be without a new Banjo-Kazooie for the foreseeable future.
Could it be real? Or is it just confusion? We’re not sure, but a new Banjo-Kazooie for Nintendo Switch made the listings on Amazon Germany earlier today. Of course, the listing has since disappeared, but it has left us with questions.
Earlier this morning, Nintendo announced the that Banjo-Kazooie, the iconic duo from some of Rare’s earlier games—would be making their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The reveal was both exciting and a bit disappointing, as fans have been waiting anxiously to hear more about Rare’s latest projects following Sea of Thieves.
You can see the listing that was shared via resetera earlier today. While it’s completely possible that the listing for Banjo-Kazooie on Switch is just a misunderstanding following the reveal of the duo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s also not entirely impossible that Rare could be working on a new title for the series. Of course, it doesn’t make much sense for them to be releasing it on Nintendo Switch, as Rare is a company owned by Microsoft now.
Still, it’s enough to get us excited about the possibility of what’s to come. With the iconic duo making a return from their days as a classic on the Nintendo 64, and appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we could be looking at some kind of partnership with Microsoft to bring the series back to its roots. Of course, that’s all just mindless speculation from someone who is probably way too excited about the prospect of a brand-new Banjo-Kazooie title.
Either way, we’ll be keeping an ear to the ground to see what Rare has in the works, and hopefully this listing will turn out to be more than just a bit of confusion between Amazon and today’s E3 announcements. For more news out of the show in Los Angeles, be sure to stay tuned to our E3 2019 hub and follow Shacknews on Twitter for the latest updates.