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As a reply to a gamer via Twitter who asked how great it would be to see one a character belonging to game developer Rare (owned by Microsoft) in the current versions of Wii U and 3DS of Super Smash Bros., the head of Xbox surprised many fans with his response. In 1994, Rare became a Nintendo second-party game developer until 2002 when Microsoft bought the British company for $375 million. Though each company, Nintendo and Rare, kept their own IPs, gamers still remember the Nintendo connection; both Banjo and Conker made their debut on a Nintendo console. So, seeing how the head of Xbox would like to see Banjo on Smash indeed sounds unbelievable: “It’d be cool if Banjo was in the next SSB DLC.”
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[Q]: Would you like to see Banjo in Smash?
@PedroDarkinson I think it would be cool if Banjo was in the next SSB DLC. We've worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before, no issues.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 3, 2015
[Source]: Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) at Twitter.