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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Former Rare Developers Form Playtonic Games, Announce Project Ukulele

    A programmer on Donkey Kong Country, a character designer on Banjo-Kazooie, and other former Rare members have formed new studio. The studio is called Playtonic Games, and though the new studio has a website , there isn't much else to report on just yet. There is the teaser image you see above with... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Co-Founder's New Game Bounces To Android

    Tim Stamper, one of the co-founders of Rare and partially responsible for classics Rare titles like Banjo-Kazooie and GoldenEye 007, is back releasing new games since departing the industry back in 2007. This time Tim Stamper’s new project is all about bouncing adorable little critters across your... More
  • Blog Post: New Killer Instinct Trailer Showcases Kan-Ra, Teases Return Of Riptor

    The latest season two trailer for Killer Instinct reveals Kan-Ra in detail (after his initial tease) and also promises the return of the thought-forgotten Riptor. You can check out the trailer below to see many of the mummy Kan-Ra's moves. He uses his bandages as weapons, and can summon sand creations... More
  • Blog Post: New Battletoads Trademark Appears In United States Trademark Database

    Update: We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that, as we suspected, this trademark filing is real. The bad news (though not unexpected) is that Microsoft isn't saying anything right now. "Microsoft often acquires various trademarks as part of its ongoing business strategy... More
  • Blog Post: Learn How The Canceled Donkey Kong Racing Turned Into The Canceled Sabreman Stampede

    When Rare was purchased by Microsoft, it retooled and released many of its projects to excise Nintendo characters, but one never saw the light of day – Donkey Kong Racing. Rare retooled it for possible release with Microsoft into a game called Sabreman Stampede, starring the eponymous Sabreman... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Manually Updated 17,000 Killer Instinct Arcade Cabinets To Combat Exploits In 1994

    Did You Know Gaming's latest episode takes a look at Rare's Killer Instinct. You will learn about how the game was nearly called Brute Force, how Orchid almost wore a red outfit and was almost called Roxy Rave or Wanda, and how the game brought in nearly $1,000 a week for some arcades. You will... More
  • Blog Post: N64 GoldenEye Track "Cradle" Has Heavy Metal Roots

    Legendary video game composer, Grant Kirkhope , is well known for his work on the Nintendo 64 soundtracks for Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007. For the latter, Kirkhope found numerous inventive ways to play with and remix the classic James Bond theme while implementing his own original touch. For one... More
  • Blog Post: Foil Gruntilda's Plans Twice In Xbox Live Marketplace Banjo-Kazooie Bundle

    For those itching for some classic 3D jumping action this summer, Microsoft has released a collection of two N64 classics on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Titled the Banjo Games Bundle , both the original Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel, Banjo-Tooie, are now available for download together for the discounted... More
  • Blog Post: Conker Comes To Project Spark [Trailer Added]

    After more than a decade out of the spotlight, Rare's vulgar squirrel is back – and you can create his next adventure. Rare's M-rated mascot made a surprise appearance during a trailer for Project Spark at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The video announced that Team Dakota's game... More
  • Blog Post: Stop Hitting Yourself: T.J. Combo Comes To Killer Instinct [Trailer Added]

    Double Helix Games developed Killer Instinct for the Xbox One, but that doesn't mean the fighter is done. Iron Galaxy Studios is soon adding boxer T.J. Combo to the mix. Microsoft is prepping a season two of downloadable releases for Killer Instinct, and it looks like T.J. Combo is the first fighter... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Lays Off Staff In Wake Of Kinect Sports Rivals

    Microsoft's Rare is the latest studio to be bit with the layoff bug. The move follows the recent release of the developer's Kinect Sports Rivals. According to a report on Eurogamer, Rare laid off around 16 employees of the approximately 150-person team that worked on Kinect Sports Rivals. Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Former Rare Composer Says Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Is Dead

    Awhile back former Rare composer, Grant Kirkhope (Banjo Kazooie, GoldenEye 007), said he hoped former Rare employees would start work on a spiritual follow-up to the Banjo Kazooie series. Today, Kirkhope confirmed the project’s early demise. Reddit user Twisty_Tie asked Kirkhope about the likelihood... More
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