Last month, we learned that Banjo-Kazooie would be the next game to arrive on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack library of games, and today, it was announced that the N64 game will release on the service later this week on Jan. 20.
If you’re not familiar with Banjo-Kazooie or have never played it before, here’s everything you need to know about the premise of the game:
This action game, released for the Nintendo 64™ console in 1998, features an unlikely pair: a Honey Bear named Banjo and a Breegull named Kazooie. Together, the duo embark on a wild quest that makes use of their wide range of combined special moves. It all starts when the wicked witch Gruntilda kidnaps Tooty, Banjo’s little sister, and Banjo and Kazooie set out to bring her back—venturing from Spiral Mountain, along the shark-infested coastline of Treasure Trove Cove, through the icy perils of Freezeezy Peak, and beyond. But with Kazooie spending most of her time inside Banjo’s backpack, they’re like two heroes in one! Though they may squabble from time to time, with the two of them working together, nothing can stand in their way. Now you can join them on this journey into a magical world of adventure!
You’ll need the Expansion Pack upgrade to the base online membership in order to play Banjo-Kazooie and the rest of the Nintendo 64 games on the Switch. This upgraded membership costs $49.99 per year for an individual membership and $79.99 for a family plan of up to eight people.
Banjo-Kazooie is the second game to be added to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service Paper Mario in December since the service launched with a handful of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. If this pattern continues, new games will be added roughly once a month, and we may find out what the next one will be soon.
You can watch the trailer for Banjo-Kazooie’s NSO release below.