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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
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... read
Games with Gold

October's Games with Gold are among my favorites


Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise, Red Faction: Guerrilla, and Volgarr the Viking
Oct 30
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... read
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
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... read
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
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... read
Banjo-Kazooie

Oh hey, an excuse to talk about Banjo-Kazooie


Both games bundled on Xbox 360
Jul 09
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... read
Rare

Rare is 'working on a couple things' right now


They can't all by Kinect Sports titles, so that's something
Jun 19
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... read
Rare

Layoffs at Rare as studio undergoes 'methodology' change


Around 20 employees laid off
May 19
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, ... read
Rare

Rare 'evaluating' what to work on next


We all know what we'd like them to do
May 16
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... read
Banjo-Kazooie

That Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor 'fell to bits'


It just couldn't come together as a side project
Apr 21
Too good to be true, I worried, when first hearing about a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series that was to be made by former Rare staffers. "Mingy Jongo." Perhaps that name still rests in your memory. I had forgot... read
Get to know the people that make great videogames
Some weeks ago on Sup Holmes, we welcomed Chris Seavor of Gory Detail to the program. Chris got his start in games working on the original Killer Instinct at Rare. From the sound of it, Rare was able to harness the best... read feature

Kinect Sports

Kinect Sports Rivals has a Battletoads reference in it


I'll hold your hand while we cry for Rare
Apr 07
As the sands of time continue to drop in this hourglass called life, it's easy to forget things -- even major elements of our childhood. For instance, I completely forgot Rare was responsible for the amazing Battletoads ... read
A semi-middling rivalry
The original Kinect Sports for the Xbox 360 did exactly what it set out to to do. It didn't set the world on fire or reinvent gaming as we know it, but it showed that despite some gimmicky features, the Kinect actually w... read feature

GoldenEye 007

What's the Klobb got to do, got to do with GoldenEye 007's design secrets?


Who needs a Klobb when it's just so broken?
Apr 03
If you ever spent a night or two demolishing friends in GoldenEye 007's illustrious multiplayer, you're probably intimately familiar with the Klobb, arguably one of the weakest weapons in the game. You surely know of the gun,... read
Get to know the people that make great videogames
Oh my god, it's the last Sup Holmes on Dtoid! Ahhh! What does that even mean? We'll find out soon enough, as the Sup Holmes year 3 Kickstarter is set to go live any second now. In the meantime, why not tune in to the show tod... read feature

Killer Instinct

New Killer Instinct Killer Cuts album is in the works


Such a feeling
Mar 01
Killer Instinct composer Mick Gordon, has announced that a new version of Killer Cuts is scheduled to release this March. The album will feature music Gordon created for the Xbox One reboot of Rare's classic fighting game. No... read
Rare

Rare designer talks canceled Donkey Kong Racing


And its strange journey to Xbox
Feb 28
Announced at E3 2001, Donkey Kong Racing was going to be Rare's sequel to Diddy Kong Racing for the GameCube. I distinctly remember seeing images of it in magazines at the time, thinking it was a true score for the console, a... read
Chris Seavor

Conker creator talks working with Nintendo and Microsoft


From an exclusive interview with the Nintendo Force
Feb 23
The latest issue of NF Magazine is one of my favorites. We managed to squeeze interviews with Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight), Lorne Lanning (Oddworld), Crazy Viking Studios (Shinobi, Volgarr the Viking), Yuji Naka (Son... read
Kinect Sports Rivals

Kinect Sports Rivals launches in April


From Rare
Feb 13
Microsoft has announced that Kinect Sports Rivals is coming this April on the Xbox One. The game will launch on April 8th in North America and April 11th in Europe, and it'll feature the following activities: Soccer, Tennis,... read
Thunder clap

Thunder is the next free Killer Instinct character


Thunder clap dat tomahawk
Jan 24
Thunder may have been stripped of his chiefdom in the new Killer Instinct, but he's the next free-to-play character in the Xbox One fighter. He replaces Sabrewulf, who replaced Jago earlier this month. Killer Instinct can be ... read
Trigger Warning: Battletoads
This week, Caitlin Cooke joins us via Jonathan Holmes' pet dog "Air-Bud" to discuss the cultural importance of Battletoads, Oxycontin use in the 90s, Senran Kagura lore and subtlety, anus chocolates, and probably some other s... read feature

Kinect Sports Rivals

Impressions: Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason


Surprisingly not terrible
Nov 28
It's a crying shame to see Rare reduced to producing Kinect games. With so much talent and so many IPs ripe for the taking, Microsoft has reduced one of the best retro studios of all time to a motion control factory. But ever... read
Rare

Rare will continue to focus on Kinect for the time being


Teases that 'there are always games we'd love to build'
Nov 11
Rare's Kinect games aren't showing signs of slowing down as much as some of us would probably like that to happen so the studio concentrates its efforts elsewhere. "When you look at the Kinect Sports franchise we've sold ove... read
Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's Survival mode will be ready for launch


Dojo, survival mode, and the many uses of Killer Points detailed
Nov 08
With the Xbox One coming in just two weeks, it's about time Microsoft let out a bit more information about one of its more talked-about titles. Killer Instinct is easily one of the most commonly-seen titles for the new consol... read
Kinect Sports Rivals

Trial of Kinect Sports Rivals launching with Xbox One


Wake racing mode broken out to give players a taste
Oct 28
Rare's Kinect Sports Rivals won't be ready to release when the Xbox One console launches next month, but early adopters are still going to get a chance to see a bit of what is to come, as a trial version is set to launch... read
Xbox One dev feature

Balancing act: Killer Instinct to have early access tests


Caterpillars in sync
Oct 04
Though every Xbox One has the potential to become a development kit, that feature won't be available on day one, like seemingly many of the Xbox One's features (third party headset support, the ability to use the controller w... read
Rare

Rare's kicking around ideas for its classic properties


'A lot of people want to do stuff with Banjo'
Aug 23
It doesn't seem to matter what Rare is working on these days. (For the record, currently, it's Kinect Sports Rivals.) If it's not one of the studio's beloved properties, there's going to be pushback from fans who have been wa... read
Killer Instinct

Original announcer will be in new Killer Instinct


Additional throwbacks to original games teased
Aug 22
During a TwitchTV live stream of upcoming Xbox One fighter Killer Instinct, Microsoft creative director Adam Isgreen and producer Torin Rettig revealed a few more details about the game that will be sure to make fans of ... read

Rare's Champion Creation system for Kinect Sports Rivals


Body scanning with Kinect
Aug 20
At a pre-gamescom press event today, Microsft and Rare showed off the Champion Creation System for upcoming game Kinect Sports Rivals. Through this, the Kinect Sensor of the Xbox One captures your face and body and makes a o... read
Killer Instinct music

This Killer Instinct cover song is pretty killer


Music by On Being Human
Aug 15
One of the reasons I love videogames is because of how passionate the entire community is. There's an insane amount of respect payed to retro games that paved the way for the modern era, and this soothing SNES Killer Instinc... read
Freddy Krueger

Now Freddy Krueger is getting an NES-themed figurine


Jason has a playmate
Aug 08
And the world becomes a little bit better. Hot on the heels of NECA's incredible videogame Jason Voorhees, which sold out super fast at San Diego Comic-Con, comes videogame Freddy Krueger. Like his Friday the 13th counterpart... read
Killer Instinct

Chief Thunder teased as next Killer Instinct character


Missing in action since the original KI
Jul 14
[Update: Added a video of the KI trailer below. Skip to 0.54 to get to the teaser portion.] Microsoft and Double Helix have been doing their best to keep the hype train rolling for the recently revived Xbox One fighter&n... read
Phil Tossell of Nyamyam feels the British studio lost a lot of its spark
Nyamyam studio co-founder Phil Tossell has seen the peak of Rare's golden age as well as its devolution into just another cog in the Microsoft machine. He joined Rare to work on Diddy Kong Racing, became lead programmer on St... read feature







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