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  • Blog Post: New Behind-The-Scenes Video From Rare Puts Spotlight On Kameo

    Rare's Kameo: Elements of Power is featured in a new making of video, focusing on its development on the GameCube that was later slated over to the Xbox 360. The video is part of the Rare Revealed series, which looks into the behind-the-scenes development of many Rare games, in celebration of the... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Reveals Five Fun Facts About The Making Of Banjo-Kazooie

    As part of their Rare Revealed series, Rare released a new video about the making of the 1998 platformer Banjo-Kazooie. The video sheds light on various topics, such as the developer's inside jokes that transcended into the game, their musical inspirations from Star Wars, and how they reworked ideas... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Announces Open-Ended Art Contest To Play Sea Of Thieves Early And Visit The Studio

    We haven't learned much about Rare's Sea of Thieves since its reveal at E3, and we still know very little, but the game's website has been updated and a contest to play the game early and visit Rare has been announced. You can visit the game's recently updated website here . Below you... More
  • Blog Post: Did You Know Gaming Gets Raunchy With Conker’s Bad Fur Day

    Did You Know Gaming is an informative video series on YouTube that compiles the history and trivia of certain video game series. In the past, the channel has covered Guitar Hero , Tony Hawk's Pro Skater , and many others; this time DYKG is exploring the N64 platformer Conker’s Bad Fur Day.... More
  • Blog Post: GoldenEye 64’s Facility In Unreal Engine 4 Begs For A Full Conversion

    When Activision Released its GoldenEye remake in 2010, it wasn’t everything we had hoped for. Sure it had the music and the same story arc, but it didn’t quite gel. What if someone took another crack at it and simply copied the level design into Unreal Engine 4? That’s just what environment... More
  • Blog Post: One-Of-A-Kind Star Wars Toy Hits eBay For $150,000

    Called the "rarest and greatest Holy Grail action figure in the world" by eBay seller RareStarWarsToys , this packaged, rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure is one-of-a-kind. It never made it to production, and this very item was only seen once at a 1979 toy fair. To add it to your collection... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Releases Making Of Video For Perfect Dark

    As part of their Rare Revealed series, Rare has released a Making Of video for the classic first-person shooter Perfect Dark. The video is just shy of being 15 minutes long but covers a lot of ground, including how the game's concept came to be and an interview with the voice of Joanna Dark herself... More
  • Blog Post: Miyamoto Faxed Rare A Request For Less Killing In Goldeneye 64

    James Bond is a violent character. He kills for a living, and therefore it's no surprise that the games in which he stars are filled with hot lead. It's no surprise then that one of the best Bond games, Goldeneye 64, presented a challenge because of Nintendo's family-friendly ethos. Speaking... More
  • Blog Post: Plans For Cancelled Game Boy Color Banjo Kazooie Uncovered

    In 2002, Microsoft bought Rare, but the beloved developer still had a few games in the pipeline for Nintendo’s handheld systems, including the 2003 Game Boy Advance title Banjo Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge. Now leaked development documents have revealed that Rare originally planned to release... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Shows Off Conker's Kid-Friendly Roots With Conker's Quest Gameplay

    It's widely known that Conker began his life as a kid-friendly platformer, but it's rare to see his original form in motion. As part of the continuing celebration of its history (which includes the recent release of Rare Replay ), Rare put together a short video showing off Conker's Quest... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Replay Patch Brings Modern Controls To Jet Force Gemini

    A patch has been released for Rare Replay that addresses a common complaint levied against Jet Force Gemini: The controls suck. The update, which is available immediately, creates an option in Jet Force Gemini that allows you to turn on "modern controls" as it is literally defined in the menu... More
  • Blog Post: Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack Gets Double Vinyl Treatment

    Seventeen years after the iconic Rare platformer first debuted on Nintendo 64, the Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack is getting the limited edition record treatment courtesy of iam8bit. The two-LP collection of music composed by Grant Kirkhope is being pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Toronto-based artist Jacub Gagnon... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Rare Game Are You Most Excited To Replay?

    Rare is a development studio with a prestigious history of developing great games. From the mid 80s to today, Rare has put out several games that many people have fond memories of. With Rare Replay hitting Xbox One tomorrow, we want to know which game you're most excited to relive. Is it an old favorite... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Replay Includes Glimpses At Unreleased Rare Games

    This week's Rare Replay brings you a studio lifetime-spanning 30 games in one package on Xbox One. The package contains a crazy amount of classics from Rare's archive of hits, but if you dig a little deeper into the package, you may find something even more interesting. In a section called "Rare... More
  • Blog Post: Banjo & Kazooie Make Grisly Cameo In Yooka-Laylee Animated Short

    Earlier this year a group of ex-Rare developers raised over $3 million on Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee – a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie – thanks to support from generous fans. Now a short cartoon by the talented folks at Mashed have combined the 3D-platforming worlds of the bear/bird... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Co-Founder Shows Photo Of Computer That Made First DK Country Demo

    Ever heard of Tim Stamper ? He co-founded Rare, retired, then re-entered the gaming industry last year as the head of mobile developer FortuneFish. More importantly, he directed Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. Earlier this morning, Stamper revealed photos of the computer that created the original demo... More
  • Blog Post: Going Back In Time In More Ways Than One With Rare's Collected Anthology

    During Microsoft's post-conference event, we got a chance to play some Rare Replay, take in its crisp new visuals, and experience some subtle, helpful changes to classic games. Only a few games were available to play, including Banjo-Kazooie, R.C. Pro-Am, a pair of Battletoads games, and Kameo –... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Replay Collects Decades Of Classics On Xbox One

    At today's Microsoft press conference, Rare announced a huge collection that's representative of the studio's 30-year history. The tagline reads: 30 years. 30 games. 30 bucks. Rare Replay will support 10,000 gamerscore and release on August 4 on Xbox One. Some of the games included are: R... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Conker's Bad Fur Day Episode 7

    Conker's Bad Fur Day tells the story of a foul-mouthed squirrel journeying across farms, poop mountains, and into space to earn money and save the love of his life. You voted for Conker's Bad Fur Day to be our next Super Replay a few months ago, and we couldn't be happier to dive back into... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong 64 Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

    Donkey Kong 64, Rare's collect-a-thon platformer, is now available on the Wii U's Virtual Console. Announced during Nintendo's most recent Direct presentation , you can grab the game now for $9.99 on the Wii U. This and Super Mario 64 are among the first of the Wii U initiative to release... More
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