Xbox may be reviving a beloved N64 series. The Nintendo 64 was a big generation for Nintendo. Naturally, many of the great console games and series, and born on the console, are owned by Nintendo, so it’s up to them to bring those IPs to life on Nintendo Switch. However, when Xbox acquired Rare from Nintendo at the time, it acquired some intellectual property alongside the studio. The most notable of this IP is Banjo-Kazooie, which has also been the subject of relaunch rumors lately. This story is not about Super Smash Bros Ultimate characters however, it is explosion body.
We haven’t seen the IP developed by Rare since 1997 when it was released through the N64 and N64 only. Upon release, the game earned a 90 on Metacritic, but sold below expectations, which is perhaps why we never saw anything else from the series. A sequel was in talks at one point, and it was going to be an action fighting game, but nothing ever came of those talks.
All that said, why are there any scuttlebuts the series could return to? Well, because Microsoft recently renewed a trademark for it. Now, brand renewals and the speculation they create should be taken with a grain of salt. Why? Because it is difficult to give them much importance. To renew a trademark, you only need to prove that you are still using it or intend to use it in the near future. What Microsoft doesn’t need to do to rebrand is to show that it’s making a new game.
To be skeptical, it’s hard to imagine the Xbox bringing back explosion body back as a standalone product, but brought it back in 2015 via Rare replay. Could this collection get an Xbox Series X release | S? That seems like the most likely possibility, but that’s assuming the mark is pointing to something exciting.
At press time, Microsoft has not commented on the trademark renewals or the speculation they have created. For various reasons, we don’t expect this to change at this point, but if it does, we’ll be sure to update the accordingly. In the meantime, for more Xbox coverage, click here.