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Video: New Interviews Uncover Rare's History, Famous Nintendo-Era Games And Tantalising Cancelled Projects

New Interviews Uncover Rare's History, Famous Nintendo-Era Games And Tantalising Cancelled Projects

Witness the Mario Kart killer that never was

Given the amount of love and attention we've bestowed Xbox One title Rare Replay recently, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd logged onto our sister site Pure Xbox by mistake. Still, Rare will forever be a major part of Nintendo history, and there's a lot of bonus content in this collection which...

News: Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn't Buy The Studio Outright

Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn't Buy The Studio Outright

"I thought we were a good fit"

Rare co-founder Tim Stamper recently won the accolade of Development Legend at this year's Develop awards - along with his brother, Chris - and has now given his first interview since 2007. Stamper - who has recently returned to the games industry with mobile studio FortuneFish - talks about the origins of Rare, its...

News: Rare's Gregg Mayles Shows Off The Scribbled Origins Of Banjo-Kazooie

Rare's Gregg Mayles Shows Off The Scribbled Origins Of Banjo-Kazooie

Work in progress

Banjo-Kazooie is one of Rare's most beloved properties, and while the series is now firmly entrenched on Microsoft hardware following the company's purchase of the famous British developer, Nintendo fans will always have a soft spot for the bear-and-bird duo thanks to the fact that they made their official début on the N64. Over...

News: Playtonic Happy to Move Away From "Box-Ticking" Culture At Microsoft-Owned Rare

Playtonic Happy to Move Away From "Box-Ticking" Culture At Microsoft-Owned Rare

Creative lead Gavin Price talks about fresh beginnings

Yooka-Laylee has been hailed as a platforming rebirth created by some of the UK's most talented developers, and has recently become one of Kickstarter's most acclaimed success stories. Developer Playtonic - which is made up of former Rare staffers and, in recent months, has added more in the...

News: Rare Founders To Be Honoured At The Develop Industry Excellence Awards

Rare Founders To Be Honoured At The Develop Industry Excellence Awards

Tim and Chris Stamper are this year's Development Legends

Rare founders Tim and Chris Stamper will be honoured as Development Legends at this year's Develop Industry Excellence Awards, which take place in Brighton, UK on July 15th. The Stampers established Ashby Computers and Graphics Ltd in 1982, the company that would eventually become Rare. One...

News: Rare Replay on Xbox One Will Include 30 Games, Including Classics from Nintendo Systems

Rare Replay on Xbox One Will Include 30 Games, Including Classics from Nintendo Systems

$30 for 30 games, sad face time

The Microsoft ownership of Rare can be a sore spot for Nintendo gamers, and the announcement of Rare Replay for Xbox One will sting. Incorporating some games previously available as downloads but many that haven't been, it's a compilation of 30 Rare classics that'll sell for $30 from 4th August. Games highlighted as...

News: Rare Co-Founder Tim Stamper Is Tweeting Some Crazy Stuff About Project Dream On The SNES

Rare Co-Founder Tim Stamper Is Tweeting Some Crazy Stuff About Project Dream On The SNES

A gaming legend finally speaks

Rare co-founders the Stamper brothers have always been famously reclusive when it comes to interviews - they've given very few over the past couple of decades and since selling Rare to Microsoft have drifted from the public eye altogether. However, Tim Stamper appears to be moving back towards the games industry. Last...

News: Unseen64 Uncovers Concept Art Of Rare's Perfect Dark Project For GameCube

Unseen64 Uncovers Concept Art Of Rare's Perfect Dark Project For GameCube

What could have been

Rare’s 2005 first-person shooter, Perfect Dark Zero, didn’t exactly match the legacy of the original game on the Nintendo 64. Development of the title began on the GameCube and was completed on the Xbox 360 when Microsoft acquired Rare and all of its licenses in 2002. The question that has since played on the minds of both...

News: How Some Of Rare's Leading Lights Traded Platforming For Pensions

How Some Of Rare's Leading Lights Traded Platforming For Pensions

Preciousbluedot is using game design to change the world of finance

Just in case the news relating to Playtonic's début didn't get the Rare fans among you excited enough, we've got a little update on what another group of famous ex-Rare developers have been up to since leaving the legendary UK studio - and it's probably not what you were expecting...

News: Playtonic Releases First Animated Footage From Banjo-Kazooie Successor Project Ukulele

Playtonic Releases First Animated Footage From Banjo-Kazooie Successor Project Ukulele

As a "Thank You" for reaching 30,000 followers on Twitter

Playtonic Games - a UK studio made up of former Rare staffers - has released the first footage from its Banjo Kazooie "spiritual successor", Project Ukulele. The short clip - posted via Vine on Twitter - shows a minion character from the game hopping from foot to foot. It's a good i

News: Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Country Villain K. Rool In Super Smash Bros.

Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Country Villain K. Rool In Super Smash Bros.

"Let's get another of our artists' beautiful children into the fight"

Nintendo has opened up voting to see which characters its fans want to see in Super Smash Bros., and this has predictably led to some rather outlandish recommendations. UK studio Playtonic - made up of former Rare developers - has thrown its hat into the ring by suggesting fans...

News: Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Cool" if Rare's Banjo Was Voted in as Super Smash Bros. DLC

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Cool" if Rare's Banjo Was Voted in as Super Smash Bros. DLC

"We've worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before"

In a blow to console warriors that want the major console manufacturers to battle it out to the death, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spoken positively about the potential for Rare IP to be featured as DLC in Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Now that would be something to behold. This is in...

News: First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

Former Rare developers considering amiibo-style NFC figures

Last month we reported on the news that a group of former Rare developers had formed their own company - Playtonic - and were looking to create a "spiritual successor" to the Banjo-Kazooie series. During this week's EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showed off the first screens from the new game -...

News: Former Rare Developers Will Show Off Their New Game In March

Former Rare Developers Will Show Off Their New Game In March

Playtonic Games to present their first project at this year's EGX Rezzed

Earlier this month, we reported on the news that fledgling studio Playtonic Games - made up of former Rare employees - is currently hard at work on a spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series. It has now been confirmed that the as-yet-unnamed release will be getting its...

News: Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That Wants To Work With Nintendo

Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That Wants To Work With Nintendo

"Spiritual successor" to Banjo-Kazooie on the way

A group of former Rare employees has banded together to establish a new studio which is now working on a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series. Speaking to EDGE magazine, the core members of Playtonic - Gavin Price, Chris Sutherland and Steve Mayles - have explained how they recently...

Gallery: Imagining What Banjo-Kazooie Might Look Like in HD

Imagining What Banjo-Kazooie Might Look Like in HD

Bringing a Rare classic up to date

Rare's classic N64 game Banjo-Kazooie is a fan favourite with retro gamers for good reason; even by today's standards this early 3D game is still incredibly charming and fun to play. Still, 1998 is a long time ago, and there is always room for improvement. Enter UK based 3D artist Neil Goodman, who has tasked...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

Nintendo 64x64: Conker's Bad Fur Day

Conker's Bad Fur Day

One mean %&*@% Squirrel…

Only Rare could have taken the cutesy adventure platformer genre and so masterfully warped it into such an hilariously offensive and beautifully vulgar gameplay experience. Enter Conker, a binge-drinking squirrel, whose walk home from the pub quickly turns into an adventure of inappropriate and scatological proportions...