Final 12 months in March, there was a narrative doing the rounds about Uncommon’s well-known bear and hen from the 1998 Nintendo 64 recreation Banjo-Kazooie being named after the grandchild and son of the previous Nintendo president, Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Historical past steered that Banjo’s title was primarily based on a musical instrument of the identical title, and Kazooie’s title was impressed by the kazoo. Each of those characters even performed the devices they’re named after throughout the recreation.
On the time, Gregg Mayles, who served as the sport’s designer and remains to be at Uncommon to this present day, confirmed the “Banjo half” was true however wasn’t so certain about Kazooie. Now practically a 12 months later, author and former Playtonic staffer Andy Robinson has “lastly” been in a position to doc it:
Throughout my travels the subject of Yooka-Laylee, a non secular successor to Uncommon’s Banjo-Kazooie video games, would naturally come up, since I labored on it. And through one such dialog, a revelation was uncovered. With the weblog part of this web site launched, I can lastly doc it.
Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi has a grandson known as – funnily sufficient – Banjo Yamauchi. His son is called Katsuhito Yamauchi, or ‘Katsuhi’ for brief. If you mix these names you find yourself with ‘Banjo-Katsuhi’ – and it’s not a coincidence. I do know, as a result of the unique recreation’s builders confirmed it.
The legendary online game composer Grant Kirkhope, who additionally labored on Banjo-Kazooie again within the day, even took to Twitter to share the information:
It’s true!!!! https://t.co/UEq8xwzn4L— Grant Kirkhope (@grantkirkhope) February 5, 2020
So, there you might have it – case closed. One different fascinating truth shared by VGC was how Banjo and Katshuito each inherited Hiroshi Yamauchi’s Nintendo inventory when he handed away in 2013. They ended up changing into two of the corporate’s greatest shareholders and have been finally bought again for greater than $1bn.