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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...

News: You Can Now Download The Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack For Your Listening Pleasure

You Can Now Download The Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack For Your Listening Pleasure

And we mean the ENTIRE soundtrack

Rare's N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie is one of the best 3D platformers you're likely to find on any console, and its soundtrack was also pretty swell to boot. You can now download every piece of music contained in the game — that's 164 different tracks — over at composer Grant Kirkhope's Bandcamp page. It's not...

News: Game Boy Classic Donkey Kong Land Is Coming To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Game Boy Classic Donkey Kong Land Is Coming To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

You'll go bananas about this news

Fans of the naked ape wearing only a tie will be pleased to hear the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is being released in Japan on the 3DS Virtual Console early next month. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs recapturing their banana hoard when...

News: Donkey Kong Country's Fate Was Determined By A Risky Rare Investment

Donkey Kong Country's Fate Was Determined By A Risky Rare Investment

"The rendering of each 3D model would take ages"

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze currently entertaining Wii U owners, it's only natural for those with long memories to cast their minds back to where the franchise began. Donkey Kong Country on the Super NES remains one of the 16-bit system's most iconic games, and sits at the forefront —...

News: Rare Nearly Took On The Nintendo Game Boy With Its Own "Playboy" Handheld

Rare Nearly Took On The Nintendo Game Boy With Its Own "Playboy" Handheld

Before they were bedfellows, Rare and Nintendo could have been rivals

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Rare's first game, Jetpac. OK, technically speaking Jetpac was created by Ultimate Play the Game — the company founded by the Stamper Brothers which eventually spawned Rare — but most fans consider the two studios to be...

News: Rare Originally Conceived Dinosaur Planet As A Racing And Adventure Crossover

Rare Originally Conceived Dinosaur Planet As A Racing And Adventure Crossover

Until Miyamoto had his say, of course

If you're familiar with Nintendo's history then you'll know that Star Fox Adventures on the GameCube actually began life as Dinosaur Planet on the N64. Created by UK studio Rare — then a first-party Nintendo developer — the game had progressed quite far before Shigeru Miyamoto decided that it would make a...

News: A Decade After Being Bought By Microsoft, Rare Still Wants To Channel The Spirit Of Nintendo

A Decade After Being Bought By Microsoft, Rare Still Wants To Channel The Spirit Of Nintendo

UK studio wants Kinect Sports Rivals to emulate Nintendo classics

As we all know, Rare used to be one of Nintendo's most valuable development studios, but was acquired by Microsoft in 2002 to work on its Xbox console. As the years have passed the company has seen staff come and go, and few remain who can remember the days of the SNES, N64 and...

Review: Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

A Rare gem?

The Nintendo 64 and Rare go together like Banjo and Kazooie. The developer was behind several of the stellar titles found on the system, many of which were some of the most original games in history. One of the most unique titles released by the UK-based developer was the 3D action-shooter Jet Force Gemini, which launched in 1999. While...

News: Gaze Upon One of the Rarest 3DS Systems

Gaze Upon One of the Rarest 3DS Systems

Just five to be produced in Taiwan

There have been lots of limited edition 3DS systems to date, including a good number that have only graced Japan. More are expected, of course, but the blue model pictured is possibly going to be the rarest of them all; only five will be produced and distributed in Taiwan. These models will be part of a promotion...

Review: Blast Corps (Nintendo 64)

Blast Corps (Nintendo 64)

Blast from the past

Long before the mainstream commercialisation of video games that exists today, developers were mostly free from the shackles of big business. AAA games weren't bound by "sequelitis" — although it was still very much present — and the relative youth of 3D gaming had paved the way for innovation. In this regard, Blast Corps is...

News: Former Rare Staffer Chris Seavor Hints At Wii U Development

Former Rare Staffer Chris Seavor Hints At Wii U Development

Is the Conker creator working on Nintendo's console?

Chris Seavor — otherwise known as the man who created Conker's Bad Fur Day — has already stated that Wii U development interests him a great deal. However, he's now given his most convincing indication yet that he has something in the works for Nintendo's system. When asked on Twitter if he...

News: Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Guh-huh!

It’s hard to believe now, but before 31st May, 1998, no one believed that a bear in yellow shorts and a bird in a backpack could ever make an effective team. A spunky little Twycross-based company called Rare, however, set out to prove the world wrong, and did so with quite admirable results. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the North...