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Banjo is an anthropomorphic brown honey bear and one of the stars of Rare's Banjo-Kazooie series alongside Kazooie. He lives in Spiral Mountain on the Isle of Hags with his sister Tooty and best friend Kazooie (though Tooty disappears from the series with no explanation after the first game).

Banjo had appeared in five games on Nintendo systems before the company that owns the rights to him, Rare, was bought by Microsoft.

In 2019, Banjo and Kazooie were announced to be DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Appearance

Banjo wears a blue backpack, which his friend, Kazooie, lives in, a shark-tooth necklace, a black belt with a gold buckle, and a pair of tight yellow shorts.

Games

Diddy Kong Racing

Banjo's first appearance was in the Donkey Kong spinoff Diddy Kong Racing as one of the eight playable characters. He has bad acceleration, but still has high speed. He and Conker were replaced by Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong in the remake Diddy Kong Racing DS, due to Rare moving to Microsoft, which as a result meant Nintendo no longer had the rights to use the Banjo-Kazooie or Conker characters.

Banjo-Kazooie series

Banjo went on to appear in a successful series known as Banjo-Kazooie, whose Nintendo games are Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, and Banjo-Pilot. There is also a fifth game in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, which is a non-Nintendo game created for the Xbox 360.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

At E3 2019, Banjo and Kazooie were announced to be playable DLC fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This marks their first appearance on a Nintendo console since Banjo-Pilot for the Game Boy Advance, which was released in 2005. They were given a release window of Fall 2019.

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