Kazooie is one of the main characters from the Banjo-Kazooie franchise, first appearing in Banjo-Kazooie for the Nintendo 64, where she serves as Banjo's partner. As a playable duo, Banjo and Kazooie appear together in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the third Fighters Pass DLC character. She belongs to a fictional species of birds called the Breegull.
Donkey Kong franchise
Diddy Kong Racing
Although Kazooie is absent from Diddy Kong Racing, she is mentioned in the instruction manual and official Nintendo Player's Guide, prior to her debut in a video game. An additional nod to her is featured in the form of a kazoo being played during Banjo's segment of the opening title sequence, though it is absent from Banjo's theme on the character select screen. This segment is still included in the remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS, for which Banjo did not return for.
Donkey Kong 64
"N-Gang vs. Nintendo"
"Die Hexe lacht um Mitternacht"
Kazooie makes a brief cameo at the end of the N-Gang comic "Die Hexe lacht um Mitternacht", where she is seen at a Christmas party with other Nintendo characters.
Mario Artist: Paint Studio
Artworks for Kazooie, along with Banjo and other Banjo-Kazooie characters, make an appearance in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.
On January 30, 2018, both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of Minecraft received an update that included many Microsoft-related character skins, including Banjo-Kazooie characters like Banjo and Kazooie. This is the first time Kazooie appears with Mario characters in a game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kazooie, alongside Banjo, were announced as playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct on June 11 (PST). Ultimate marks their first non-cameo appearance in a new game since Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie, which was released for the Xbox 360 in 2010, as well as the duo's first appearance on a Nintendo console since Banjo-Pilot. Banjo & Kazooie were released on September 4, 2019 (PST) as part of Challenger Pack 3.
In the duo's reveal trailer, a Jiggy bounces across the floor as Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and King K. Rool are lounging in Donkey Kong's tree house, causing them to look outside the window and seeing a silhouette of Banjo & Kazooie. It is then revealed to be Duck Hunt playing a prank, in the same manner as King Dedede pretending to be K. Rool in the latter's reveal trailer. Banjo & Kazooie then appear from the sky, knocking Duck Hunt out of frame, with Kazooie holding her namesake instrument, the kazoo. Kazooie and Banjo appear in Sephiroth's reveal trailer, and are shocked to see him descend from the sky.
Banjo & Kazooie's moveset and appearances are directly pulled from their two Nintendo 64 titles, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, though they also sport a few original attacks. Spiral Mountain, the location of their home, serves as the representation for their stage. Regarding weight, Banjo & Kazooie are a heavyweight fighter, being heavier than Link, Yoshi, Captain Falcon, and Mii Gunner, but lighter than Wario, Ike, Ridley, Simon, and Richter, while having the same weight as Snake and R.O.B..
When Kirby copies Banjo & Kazooie, his backpack has a plush toy version of Kazooie inside.
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo & Kazooie share this stock conversation with all other DLC characters except Piranha Plant. It was originally used for Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, who are downloadable fighters in that game.
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