UPDATE 19/01/22: Banjo-Kazooie will hit Switch Online on 20th January.
Nintendo shared the news in a tweet with a new trailer of the bear and bird duo in action.
Embark on a wild quest with an unlikely pair! The adventures of Banjo and Kazooie begin here!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2022
Banjo-Kazooie is coming to #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members on 1/20! #Nintendo64 pic.twitter.com/R349r8gbvD
ORIGINAL STORY 10/12/21: Bear and bird duo Banjo and Kazooie are heading to Nintendo Switch Online in January.
Rare's incredible N64 platformer, Banjo-Kazooie, is one of the most celebrated games on the console and likely one of the most requested games for the service.
Rare studio head Craig Duncan tweeted his delight: "Always a pleasure to work with our good friends at Nintendo, I'm a big fan of #NintendoSwitchOnline and it's really important to preserve classic games for future generations to play."
Always a pleasure to work with our good friends at Nintendo, I’m a big fan of #NintendoSwitchOnline and it’s really important to preserve classic games for future generations to play. Banjo and other @RareLtd classics also available on @XboxGamePass and as part of #RareReplay 🎮 https://t.co/RV0Gx0fbhh— Craig Duncan (@Gamerboss) December 10, 2021
After a prolific run of games on Nintendo's console, Rare was bought by Microsoft to work exclusively on Xbox games.
But this isn't the first time Banjo and Kazooie have been on Switch, following their addition to Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
After the initial run of games, Paper Mario 64 was added to Nintendo Switch Online on 10th December. The announcement of Banjo-Kazooie for January suggests we'll perhaps see one new game on the expansion each month.