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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Playtonic Games Shows Its Banjo-Kazooie Successor's First Fully Animated Character

    Playtonic Games has been offering small teases for its Banjo-Kazooie successor, code named Project Ukelele, and the latest shows a fully animated character. It's not the game's main character, who we've only presumably seen hidden in some of the game's first pieces of art . Instead, it's... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Shares Hopes For Banjo-Kazooie In Super Smash Bros.

    Nintendo recently opened the door to fans to suggest Super Smash Bros. guest characters which excited everyone, including Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. Responding to a tweet directed at Spencer by twitter user @PedroDarkinson , Spencer said he thinks, "it would be cool" is Banjo... More
  • Blog Post: Playtonic Games Clarifies Intentions To Collaborate With Rare On Project Ukelele

    In a recent interview with The Guardian , Playtonic Games' Gavin Price spoke of a hopeful collaboration with former employer Rare, and wanted to offer some more details and clarity on exactly what he meant. If you're unfamiliar with Playtonic Games and Project Ukelele, it's a recently formed... More
  • Blog Post: Fans Find Hidden Characters In Playtonic's Project Ukelele Art

    Earlier today , Playtonic Games (made of former Rare developers) offered some new details about its Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, and it hid some extra clues in the art. Two piece of work in progress art were shown during Playtonic's presentation at EGX Rezzed, and then subsequently released... More
  • Blog Post: Former Rare Developers' Playtonic Games Show More Of Project Ukelele

    Playtonic Games, a recently formed team of former Rare developers, is still being vague about its Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, but there are new images, and a Kickstarter is planned. As part of its presentation at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased its design philosophy for what the still codenamed... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Continues To Tease Battletoads Revival

    Microsoft continued to tease a new Battletoads game at the Game Developers Conference today. This time Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight got in on the action. A teaser appeared with the Battletoads partnering up with Shovel Knight, insinuating they might appear together in a future update. But that... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong Land, Country Roll Onto Virtual Console

    Nintendo has released a barrel-blasting series of games onto its 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles. The first three entries in the Donkey Kong Land and Donkey Kong Country games are now available for download. Donkey Kong Country , Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest , and Donkey Kong Country... More
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