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When Does Banjo-Kazooie Come to Nintendo Switch Online?

Banjo-Kazooie is set to join the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack's lineup of N64 games early next year.
Banjo-Kazooie is set to join the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack's lineup of N64 games early next year. / Image courtesy of Nintendo

When does Banjo-Kazooie come to Nintendo Switch Online?

After initially being revealed as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack when the premium game subscription service was announced in October, Banjo-Kazooie and classic action-adventure fans alike finally have a timeline for the game's re-release. Here's the latest for players anxiously awaiting the opportunity to play Banjo-Kazooie with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

When Does Banjo-Kazooie Come to Nintendo Switch Online?

Banjo-Kazooie will be available to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers in January 2022.

The announcement was made by the Nintendo Twitter on Friday, officially marking Banjo-Kazooie as the second N64 title to join the launch lineup after Paper Mario did so this week.

Other N64 titles expected to join Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack down the line as well are F-Zero X, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Pokémon Snap.

In 1998, Banjo-Kazooie was first released on the Nintendo 64 and remains one of the most well-regarded 3D platformers of its time. Its addition to the Switch Online service will mark the first time Banjo-Kazooie has been re-released on a Nintendo console.

Banjo-Kazooie was developed by Rare, who regularly developed games for the Nintendo console — including its sequel Banjo-Tooie (2000) — until the studio was acquired by Microsoft in 2002.

Rare has published one Xbox-exclusive Banjo game since then — Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (2008), but did see their iconic bear-bird duo added to Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC in 2019.