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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, they appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the third Fighters Pass DLC character. She belongs to a fictional species of birds called the Breegull.
Kazooie, like Banjo, is owned by Rare Ltd., a former second-party developer for Nintendo. In 2002, Rare was sold to Microsoft, and the rights of both Banjo and Kazooie were transferred to the company.
Donkey Kong franchise
Diddy Kong Racing
Although Kazooie is absent from Diddy Kong Racing, she is mentioned in the instruction manual, prior to her debut in a video game.
Donkey Kong 64
"N-Gang vs. Nintendo"
Kazooie appears alongside Banjo in the 2000 N-Gang comic "N-Gang vs. Nintendo", where they play on the same soccer camp team with Wario, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, and Lanky Kong. Mario referees the match.
"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.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kazooie along with Banjo were announced as the third downloadable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct on June 11. The game marks Kazooie's first appearance alongside Mario characters in a video game, as well as the pair's first physical appearance in a new game since the Xbox 360 version of 2010's Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. They are set to be released in the fall of 2019.
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 and 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 and Kazooie then appear from the sky, knocking Duck Hunt out of frame, with Kazooie holding her namesake instrument, the kazoo.
Banjo and Kazooie's moveset and appearances are directly pulled from their two Nintendo 64 titles, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. Spiral Mountain, the location of their home, serves as the representation for their stage.
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