Which character should be added to the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS roster next? That's the question Nintendo posed to fans yesterday when it launched a new voting portal. Microsoft's Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now weighed in, saying he'd like to see Banjo the honey bear from Rare's iconic platformer series.
Not only does Spencer think it "would be cool" if Banjo was added to the lineup, but Microsoft and Nintendo have worked together before, so it's unlikely there would be licensing issues.
@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.
Twitter user Ray Styles has already put together a mock-up Smash Bros. poster for Banjo (and Kazooie). Spencer didn't say if he'd also want Kazooie to appear in the new Smash Bros. game. The two characters have vastly different attributes, after all.
Nintendo's Smash Bros. character voting poll closes in October 2015, so--even if Banjo does make it into the game--you won't get to play the character for quite a while.
New DLC characters are coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS much sooner, however. During this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, the company announced that Mewtwo will be available starting April 15. Beyond that, Nintendo will release another new character--Lucas--in June, though pricing has not yet been announced.