Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Nintendo Switch Online this January

Classic platformer Banjo-Kazooie is set to arrive on Nintendo Switch Online in January.
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Classic 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie is officially coming to Nintendo Switch Online on January 20. Nintendo confirmed the news with a surprise trailer drop, showing off the titular Banjo in action, with his best friend Kazooie in tow. The title was originally promised when the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launched, and now it becomes the latest adventure to hit the premium tier of the service.

The last title, Paper Mario, landed on December 10 to rapturous applause.

It appears these Nintendo 64 classics will continue releasing a regular basis, with new titles arriving for subscribers every month or so. Already confirmed to appear in future are titles like Pokemon Snap and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – and there’s likely more to come following these releases.

For now, you can check out the new trailer for Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo Switch Online below:

Whether you’re planning on playing the game for the very first time, or revisiting a childhood favourite, there are plenty of reasons to get excited.

Banjo-Kazooie is an iconic title, and one that has achieved well-deserved longevity. Between fun action-platforming and plenty of brilliant, beautiful worlds to explore, it represents the absolute pinnacle of Nintendo 64-era game design.

The game is also playable on Xbox consoles, since Microsoft acquired developer Rare in 2002.

How to play Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo Switch

To access Banjo-Kazooie and its fellow Nintendo 64 titles on Nintendo Switch Online, you’ll need to be a member of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, the premium, yearly tier of the service.

This service is not monthly, and needs to paid in a single, $59.95/per year transaction.

For that money, you’ll gain access to a range of emulated Nintendo 64, Sega Mega Drive, SNES and NES games, as well as additional benefits – like the Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

You can head to the Nintendo Switch Online hub here to learn more about the upgraded service.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.