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Nintendo Switch Online adds Banjo-Kazooie to the N64 game offering

Rare's 1998 Nintendo 64 action platform game Banjo-Kazooie coming to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription service on January 20, Nintendo announced Tuesday. It is the 11th Nintendo 64 game for Nintendo's premium level of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $ 49.99 annually for an individual user and $ 79.99 annually for a family subscription (for up to eight users). The more expensive level of Nintendo Switch Online also provides access to Sega Genesis games and Happy Home Paradise addition to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Banjo-Kazooie the stars Banjo the bear and Kazooie, a Breegull, on a collaborative adventure to rescue a kidnapped lover in classic Nintendo fashion: Banjo's sister Tooty. Here is the game's official description from Nintendo:

It all starts when the evil witch Gruntilda kidnaps Tooty, Banjo's little sister, and Banjo and Kazooie set out to bring her back - on her way from Spiral Mountain, along the shark-infested coastline at Treasure Trove Cove, through the icy dangers of Freezeezy Peak, and beyond. But since Kazooie spends most of his time in Banjo's backpack, they're like two heroes in one! Although they may quarrel from time to time when the two work together, nothing can stand in their way. Now you can join them on this journey into a magical adventure world!

Since Banjo and Kazooie's debut on N64, developer Rare has created a mix of sequels and spinoffs with the duo in the lead role. It includes successors Banjo-Tooie to the N64 and Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge to Game Boy Advance, and the map racing game-inspired Banjo Pilot, also for GBA. Banjo and Kazooie's latest independent game, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and bolts, was released for the Xbox 360 in 2008. Banjo and Kazooie re-emerged as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where they were released as DLC Warriors in 2019.

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