Smash Bros. Creator Just Made "Xbox" Trend On Twitter In Japan

Here is the moment that Sakurai recommended that people play Banjo-Kazooie on Microsoft’s hardware.
Here is the moment that Sakurai recommended that people play Banjo-Kazooie on Microsoft’s hardware.
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During a special Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai introduced the Banjo-Kazooie DLC. Not only does he want you to get that, but he would also like you to play the original game on Xbox.

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The original Banjo-Kazooie games were released on Nintendo hardware, but as Sakurai explained, Microsoft now owns the rights to the series. In 2002, Microsoft bought Rare, the studio behind Banjo-Kazooie, from Nintendo.

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Sakurai acknowledged that Microsoft and Nintendo had rival platforms, but the American tech giant is allowing Banjo-Kazooie to entry the fray in this Switch game. “I’m incredibly grateful,” Sakurai said. He’s so grateful that he’s willing to recommend that rival’s platform.

“If you are going to play Banjo-Kazooie, you can play it on Xbox,” Sakurai said, causing the people filming the Direct to giggle off-camera. “I’m saying this even though this is a Nintendo broadcast. Please, by all means, play it on Xbox!”

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After saying this, the word “Xbox” started trending on Twitter in Japan. It even reached the number one spot!

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Microsoft has always had a hard time reaching players in Japan. Maybe it should’ve enlisted Sakurai’s help sooner?

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Related: r/Kappa is already melting down after the Terry Bogard reveal. That was just an irreconcilable impossibility to them, seeing a revered character from a highly-regarded SNK nameplate in what to them is not a fighting game played by abusive smelly chumps who can’t even FGC to save their balls. Then again, Ryu and Ken Masters are in Smash Bros. anyway so what right do they have to be salty?

<fun touch to have Geese fall to his death, too. That's what greed does to people. Also I like that the villains are in Tekken showing Heihachi who the real bosses are, while the heroes are hanging out in the best lounge on any universe.>