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Microsoft

Microsoft announces Rare Replay, a collection of 30 classic Rare games


For $30
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Rare Replay will hit Xbox One on August 4 for $30, Microsoft announced today. It will include 30 games as an anthology of sorts, including Perfect Dark, Blast Corps, Battletoads, and even retro classics like Snake Rattl...
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E3 2015: Rare

E3 Predictions: Banjo-Threeie and Battletoads


Educated guess
Jun 12
// Jed Whitaker
If any game would be described as a "uniquely RARE game" and a "career highlight" it would be Banjo-Threeie, which may very well be getting announced at E3 next week. The URL banjothreeie.com used to redirect to the Rare webs...
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Yooka-Laylee music

Yooka-Laylee teaser track sounds straight out of Banjo-Kazooie


Glacier World
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
Ooh, this is nice. Composer Grant Kirkhope shared the unfinished track for Yooka-Laylee's ice world, and it sounds right at home for a game that leverages fond memories of Rare's glory days. The crowdfunding drive has smashe...
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Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee will have DLC, which 'won't start development until it ships'


Good
May 12
// Chris Carter
Playtonic has reached the two million mark for its Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter, and now, it's thinking far ahead of its "extra polish" stretch goal. It has set its sights on DLC, and the way it is handling it...
Yooka-Laylee photo
Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter is still going strong, reveals final stretch goal


It's still ticking up as I type
May 04
// Chris Carter
When Yooka-Laylee arrived, it hit all of its stretch goals in less than 24 hours. At the time, the highest goal was a simultaneous Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4 release in addition to the planned PC platform. Since then, the "old ...
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Project Ukulele

Yooka-Laylee is the successor to Banjo-Kazooie


I love where this is going
Apr 30
// Jordan Devore
Yooka. Laylee. Yooka-Laylee. Yep, they've still got it! We've talked about Project Ukulele a few times now, but, quickly: it's a vibrant 3D platformer in development at Playtonic, a fresh new studio founded by former Rare dev...
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Rare

Rare's next game a 'career highlight' for Phil Harrison


Former Xbox executive calls the studio a crown jewel of game development
Apr 20
// Jordan Devore
Another positive quote about Rare's unannounced game to add to the pile. Don't look so worried, Banjo! Phil Harrison, the former corporate vice president of Xbox in Europe, recently departed from Microsoft to build a high-tec...
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DK Rap

Yes, Nintendo, this Kong IS one hell of a guy


The Wii U port of Donkey Kong 64 says the swear
Apr 16
// Jordan Devore
And let's keep it that way. None of that "heck" monkey business. Or Donkey Kong Frappuccinos.
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Conker

A better look at our beloved Conker in Project Spark


DLC releasing April 23 for $9.99 / 1,000 Tokens
Apr 16
// Jordan Devore
That last trailer for Conker's arrival in Project Spark didn't go over so well. There was no getting around the disappointment of seeing a long abandoned (but never forgotten!) character return not in his own adventure, but ...
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Game News Haikus

Game News Haikus: EarthBound, The Last of Us, Mortal Kombat X, and more


Zen distilled stories
Apr 14
// Darren Nakamura
I wrote a thing about The Last of Us last week, and despite the use of measured language, there were accusations of extreme opinions on either side. Come on, people. That is not very zen. Find your nirvana. In this series, w...
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Conker

Microsoft again gives the finger to Conker fans


This is what everyone wants, right?
Apr 08
// Brett Makedonski
At its E3 press conference last year, Microsoft openly mocked Conker fans with a reveal that the infamous squirrel would be added to the free-to-download Project Spark. Everyone knew that this wasn't what anyone wanted ...
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Smash Bros.

Xbox boss would like to see Banjo-Kazooie as Smash Bros. DLC


We're crossing a lot of companies and properties here
Apr 03
// Brett Makedonski
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer likes to talk about games. However, that doesn't mean that he restricts himself to only talking about titles that his company's working on. No, he'll discuss anything, even Nintendo properties. When ...
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Rare's next game

Fans will be 'really happy to see' Rare's next game


Former Rare developer drops hints
Mar 23
// Jordan Devore
In recent months, there's been talk of Rare "building a uniquely Rare game," but that's as much as we've gotten -- talk. While I'm looking forward to seeing if that project comes to fruition, Playtonic has more of my attentio...
Conker photo
Conker

Conker returns in episodic form starting next month!


Inside of Project Spark
Mar 19
// Jed Whitaker
Great news, Conker fans: he is finally coming back in his own episodic game. Sort of. Remember when Microsoft announced Conker would be in Project Spark? Well, Conker makes his debut in Project Spark on April 23 for Windows ...
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Project Ukulele

Former Rare devs share first look at Banjo successor


Project Ukulele coming to Kickstarter this May
Mar 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased the first in-engine screenshots of Project Ukulele. Speaking at the event, the seven-man team of former Rare veterans said they were blown away by the fan response to their recently an...
Project Ukulele photo
Project Ukulele

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele


Kameo's Steve Burke, too
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
I need to take some deep breaths here. Former Rare developers are creating a spiritual successor to "those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past," and they've brought on Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, an...
Ex-Rare 3D platformer photo
Ex-Rare 3D platformer

Could this be it? A true Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor?


From people who worked on BK, Donkey Kong Country, and Viva Pi˝ata
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
We've been let down before, but I'm unable to contain my enthusiasm for Playtonic Games' Project Ukulele, a new platforming adventure from the people we want making this type of game. Formed by six former Rare staffers, the s...
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Battletoads shirt

Nice Battletoads shirt, Phil Spencer


The head of Xbox is fashionable, as always
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
During Microsoft's Windows 10 livestream this morning, Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed up to talk about what he knows: games. Fable Legends is headed to PC with DirectX 12 and cross-platform play with Xbox One, which is nice and all, but did you see Phil's shirt? That's Battletoads alright. The time is now.
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Battletoads chatter

Microsoft's Ken Lobb discusses Rare IP, mentions Battletoads specifically


While a new game may not currently be in the works, it's not out of the question
Jan 11
// Rob Morrow
Back in November we ran a story on the head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer's visit to Rare's offices where he tweeted about having a look at its latest project. This visit, coupled with the filing for the...
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Amiibo

Amiibogeddon continues: more conflicting reports on the Holy Trinity, GameStop says they're gone


Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Marth, Amen
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Marth. Are they or aren't they discontinued? Recently, we've obtained conflicting information from Nintendo, PR, and multiple retail locations, so it's really hard to tell -- but we have a few m...
Amiibo photo
Amiibo

Amiibogeddon update: Toys "R" Us no longer carrying the 'holy trinity'


And lo, a terrible plague befell the land
Dec 09
// Jonathan Holmes
[Image assistance from CJ Melendez] We've yet to get a straight answer from Nintendo about the Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Marth Amiibo's collective status on the endangered toy species list. First we hear they are discont...
Rare photo
Rare

Head of Xbox: 'Rare is building a uniquely Rare game'


Feel like we've heard this one before
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
When Rare announces its next game in what I hope will be a matter of months, not years, I'm going to look back on this post just like how I'm planning to revisit this Battleborn description. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer twe...
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Tengami

Former Rare devs return to Nintendo consoles on Nov. 13


Diddy Kong Racing dev goes indie with origami beauty
Nov 08
// Jonathan Holmes
November 13 is a big day for the Wii U. It's the day that Mario Kart 8 unofficially becomes Super Kart Bros.. As a huge fan of both Excitebike and F-Zero, I'm just as excited for this DLC as I am about Smash Bros. for the Wi...
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Games with Gold

October's Games with Gold are among my favorites


Viva Pi˝ata: Trouble in Paradise, Red Faction: Guerrilla, and Volgarr the Viking
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
Two of my favorite Xbox 360 games will be free next month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is up first on Saturday, November 1. You'll have through November 15 to download the adorable...
Donkey Kong Country photo
Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country trilogy returning to Virtual Console in the UK


And the Donkey Kong Land series is headed to 3DS
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
Back in November 2012, Nintendo removed the Donkey Kong Country series from the Wii's Virtual Console for some reason that, to my knowledge, was never publicly addressed. But those games will resurface this month on Wii U alo...
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Rareware

Xbox boss on Rare in a post-Kinect Sports world


Maybe the studio is finally working on its next Perfect Dark or Banjo Kazooie
Aug 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Rare's time in the sun may be a distant memory, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer still feels the developer has bright days ahead. Speaking with CVG, Spencer said the British studio "should, can and will be" an important part of Mic...
Banjo-Kazooie photo
Banjo-Kazooie

Oh hey, an excuse to talk about Banjo-Kazooie


Both games bundled on Xbox 360
Jul 09
// Jordan Devore
Before 4J Studios became involved with the console versions of Minecraft, it ported Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie to Xbox Live Arcade -- rather well, I might add. If you haven't yet played them on Xbox 360, they're worth a re...
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Rare

Rare is 'working on a couple things' right now


They can't all by Kinect Sports titles, so that's something
Jun 19
// Jordan Devore
I shouldn't do this to myself, but I can't help it. I can't not wonder what Rare is up to, even if the talent that made the studio so beloved in its prime has largely moved on. Microsoft's Phil Spencer told Eurogamer that Rar...
Rare photo
Rare

Layoffs at Rare as studio undergoes 'methodology' change


Around 20 employees laid off
May 19
// Jordan Devore
It seems Rare's latest, Kinect: Sports Rivals, wasn't able to meet expectations. CVG has learned from sources that "just under" 20 staffers were laid off, including long-time programmer Chris Sutherland (Donkey Kong Country, ...
Rare photo
Rare

Rare 'evaluating' what to work on next


We all know what we'd like them to do
May 16
// Jordan Devore
You know, it's gotten to the point where I'd take just about anything from Rare over another game made exclusively for Kinect. It doesn't even have to be a new Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, or Perfect Dark -- just something tha...

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