After an absence of several decades, the original Banjo-Kazooie has officially returned to Nintendo hardware. Players can now enjoy retro platforming on their Switch, though you need to follow a few steps to set things up.
To unlock Banjo-Kazooie on Switch, you need to sign up for Switch Online + Expansion Pack. This service costs $50 per year for individuals or $80 per year for families (I suggest splitting the family plan with six other people). It’s a bit more than you’d pay for a normal Switch Online subscription, but the expansion pack unlocks a library of N64 and Sega Genesis games, plus DLC for animal crossing.
Signing up for the Switch Online+ expansion pack is simple. Just visit Nintendo’s website, sign in with the account you use for your Switch, and subscribe. You can also tap the “Switch Online” tab at the bottom of your Switch home screen to join the service.
If you are a Switch Online member upgrading to the expansion pack, Nintendo will give you a discount based on the number of months remaining in your original subscription.
To get the most out of your slow descent into retro 3D platforming, I suggest getting an official Nintendo 64 Switch controller. This wireless gamepad perfectly recreates the original N64 controller, but features a much more durable gamepad, thank goodness.