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KI Season 3 Review
If you tried to tell me that they were going to resurrect Killer Instinct as a free-to-play game and have it be successful, I simply wouldn't believe you. The original had all but faded into obscurity outside of the "c-c-c-combo breaker!" meme that permeated the Internet.  Yet, here we are, with Season 3 upon us, and it's one of my favorite fighting games on the market.   read

Banjo-Kazooie photo
Banjo-Kazooie

I'll never look at Banjo's hips the same way

Rare is still making videos recounting what it was like behind the scenes on Banjo-Kazooie, and I'm still fascinated. Today, it's five (more) things we probably didn't know. As discussed in the video, the game's musical intro was originall...

 
He's dead, Jim photo
He's dead, Jim

Wait a minute, how's Young Conker know that's a couch?

Here is a claim made in the video for Young Conker, one of the three pieces of software that comes with Microsoft's $3,000 HoloLens (that's development kit prices, not necessarily for public consumption, come its March 30 release): "Conker...

 
Rare throwback photo
Rare throwback

Let's listen to David Wise play the Battletoads theme

Well, this is just lovely. If you've been enjoying Rare's behind-the-scenes videos looking back at its decades of video game development, today's upload is another treat. Longtime Rare composer David Wise talks about what it was like to mak...

 
Yooka-Laylee photo
Yooka-Laylee

Former Rare designer Kev Bayliss joins Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic

Kev Bayliss has one hell of a history in gaming. He was part of some of Rare Software’s biggest games. He was the producer and character designer for Killer Instinct, and also had an integral role in the graphics design for Battletoad...

 
Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold

Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 2016. This package...

 
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Perfect Dark

Here's a fun behind-the-scenes look at Perfect Dark's development

I haven't played Perfect Dark since it released over fifteen years ago, so I hold it in my memory as some mythical, flawless creation. I thought I wanted to preserve that and never play it again, but then Rare had to go out and re...

 
Rare photo
Rare

A lost look at Rare's scrapped SNES project that eventually became Banjo-Kazooie

With the archival nature of Rare Replay -- a collection of games on Xbox One that spans the developer's entire history -- it's natural that the studio would be digging through a lot of old boxes lately. One of those boxes (proverbial ...

 
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Rare chose Kinect

Microsoft didn't push for Kinect development, Rare chose it

The internet narrative has always been: Microsoft bought Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye) in 2002, then wrecked it, most recently by way of consigning the company to Kinect development. But in a lengthy Eurogamer retrospective on the Kinect,...

 
Rare Replay
It appears as if Minecraft Wii U and Phil Spencer have opened the floodgates. Given that the Microsoft-owned Minecraft is coming to Nintendo's newest console and Spencer recently mused on the idea of bringing Golden...   read

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Donkey Kong Country 2

Let's take a moment to reflect on how amazing Donkey Kong Country 2 was

Donkey Kong Country 2 turned 20 this month. To celebrate, current Rare Creative Director (since 1998!) is reminiscing on the game, tweeting out tons of concept art, as well as used and unused ideas. It really brings home how well-...

 
Rare photo
Rare

Get in the Halloween spirit with Rare's 'Nightrare' video

Halloween is nearly upon us, and Rare has chosen to share its "Nightrare," video, featuring a few of its famous mascots. It was made by a small team for Rare's 2015 Creative Jam, and it's merely a trailer, so don't have high expectations --...

 
Rare Replay photo
Rare Replay

Rare hasn't stopped updating Rare Replay

For me, Rare Replay was an excuse to get way into Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise again, and for that, I am thankful. It was the most I've used my Xbox One since buying the console! Rare has another update out today with a couple of...

 
Conker photo
Conker

Before Conker's Bad Fur Day, there was Twelve Tales

Rare has shared another behind-the-scenes video about Conker and this one sure brings me back. Conker's Quest, as it was originally called before undergoing a name change to Twelve Tales: Conker 64, debuted at E3 in 1997. It was a lighthear...

 
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Gettin' Medieval

Rare opens up about its unreleased Conker game

After finishing work on Conker: Live & Reloaded, Rare pursued another project set in that universe called Conker: Gettin' Medieval. It was going to be an Xbox multiplayer game, not a direct continuation of the Bad Fur Day storyline that...

 
Banjo-Kazooie photo
Banjo-Kazooie

Rare had a cool idea for a Banjo-Kazooie remake

I'm way behind on watching those documentary shorts included in Rare Replay and I might never catch up unless I set aside time to see them on YouTube. Rare uploaded this video today detailing how it arrived at Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolt...

 
Conker on the cheap photo
Conker on the cheap

Conker's Big Reunion free in Project Spark this weekend

Remember when Microsoft announced that everyone's favorite foul-mouthed squirrel would be coming to Project Spark and it was met with a not so positive reception? Well now you can own Conker's Big Reunion's play and create content for ...

 
Rare Replay photo
Rare Replay

Rare Replay is Rare's first UK best seller since the '90s

Rare Replay has hit number one in the UK games charts, making it the first Rare game to do so since the late '90s. The last Rare game to hit number one in the UK chart was Banjo-Kazooie on the N64, which was released all the way back in 199...

 
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Rare Replay

Rare Replay adds 'modern controls' for Jet Force Gemini

I hope you're enjoying Rare Replay. I've been methodically playing Trouble in Paradise while also mixing in some of the Nintendo 64 games I missed originally. Blast Corps is one. It's so much fun! Jet Force Gemini is another. It's a reminde...

 
Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Rash turns into a wrecking ball in Killer Instinct

The screenshots were a treat, but seeing Rash in action is something else. Smash Hits are back. If you own Rare Replay (you should!) or Killer Instinct paid DLC, you can play as him until September 8, 2015 at 12:00am Pacific. This is just a...

 
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Rare Replay Sundown

Rare's cancelled horror title Sundown looks hellish

Rare Replay is available now and includes unlockable videos of canceled games with concept art, stories, and gameplay that have never been show to the public. Unlocking the videos means completing various challenges and achievements t...

 
Rare Replay review
The first Rare game I ever played was Snake Rattle 'n' Roll in 1990, but the company has been around for quite some time. Vs. Slalom was technically Rare's first title. Tim and Chris Stamper, the heart and soul...   read

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Velvet Dark

Rare was going to make Velvet Dark, a sister title to the N64 Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark -- or, as it's called on my block, "the game that fixed everything bad about GoldenEye" -- told the story of Carrington Institute's Joanna Dark as she attempted to thwart dataDyne's evil intentions and all the alien invasi...

 
Rare Replay photo
Rare Replay

Is 30 games in Rare Replay not enough for you?

Although Rare is packaging 30 of its biggest games together with the release of Rare Replay, turns out 30 retro Rare games might not be enough. During a special Twitch livestream, Rare's James Thomas said that whittling the included ga...

 
Rare Replay photo
Rare Replay

What's your favorite game from Rare Replay?

I got my hands on Rare Replay, and I've been playing it quite a bit for our review next week. It's crazy how addicting Blast Corps is, as I just completed it earlier this year on my N64, and was enticed to beat it yet again. I was...

 
Rare Replay trailer photo
Rare Replay trailer

Rare Replay trailer goes the cardboard cutout route

Rare Replay is coming out on August 4. That's in less than two weeks! The collection of games from Rare's past 30 years is showing up on Xbox One with some extra nuggets thrown in as well. The trailer above talks about this in the form of ...

 
Rare photo
Rare

All of Rare's Xbox One backward compatible games need to be re-downloaded for some reason

[Update: A representative for Rare and Xbox has responded by stating "The process is a necessary step that allows gamers to play some of our beloved titles with or without Rare Replay, that includes these titles and 21 more. This actio...

 
Jet Force Gemini photo
Jet Force Gemini

Jet Force Gemini is looking gooood in Rare Replay

I'm pretty excited for Rare Replay. It'll give me an opportunity to show my wife and friends a handful of games from my childhood, and I'm actually more excited to replay the retro goodies like Snake Rattle 'n' Roll than some of t...

 
Free DLC! Free DLC! photo
Free DLC! Free DLC!

Xbox One backwards compatible Rare titles include DLC for free

If you're in the Xbox One Preview Program to test the latest dashboard updates for Xbox One and have any of the Xbox 360 titles developed by Rare on the backwards compatability list, you're in luck. Looks like all the in-game DLC for last-g...

 
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Destructoid on Twitch

Destructoid Live: Gears of War beta, Kameo on Xbox One, and a revised controller

[Update: The live stream is over, but check out the replay below if you so wish.] Did you know that the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta is going on Xbox One right now? Do you care? Either way I'm going to be live streaming it ...

 

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Battleborn"Ready to Die"

 

Pocket Card Jockey"Think of them as big greyhounds"

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End"Sic parvis magna"

 

Bazaar"No, not that Magic Carpet"

 

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Wheel"Basically the T150, but for Xbox One and PC"

 

Fragments of Him"Great writing and performances, terrible pacing and gameplay"

 

Push Me Pull You"Playing Nightcrawlers"

 

Chronos"I keep getting older, but they stay the same age"

 

The Climb"You rock, rock"

 

Ray Gigant"Challenge not included"

 
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Gundy

First day of Floral I hate

 
FakePlasticTree

Yusukes really feeling it!

 
Isuma

Welp, thanks for nothing Atlus! Ill save my hype with the animation announcement and everything for when this game finally arrives in the Until then Im a prisoner of the

 
Sr Churros

Funny thing about my current Emerald run: for the first time Im not using the starter at I got Treeko because I dont really like any Gen 3 starter, but I got Shroomish and I like it Should have got other starter instead

 
DeadMoon

Did anyone else notice that Atlus, sneakily, really just announced that they were pushing the game back yet again?!? Of course, Persona 5 is going to be worth the wait, but

 
OverlordZetta

As someone with a lot of experience in the realm of Sentai, let me say that first impressions dont always hold, and those awful suits that look like they belong more in a bike race might look great in motion! Otherwise, theres always your imagination!

 
Samsneeze

Power Ranger suits for the movie look like discount Iron Man and somehow worse than what we had back in the 1995 And who thought it was a good idea to give them boob armor? What is wrong with people?

 
Torchman

They dont make em like they used to

 
Pixie The Fairy

All the cool and real power sides with Iron He has Spiderman, Black Panther, Vision and Stark owns his Cap doubles down on Also, where the hell is Fury during all Hes probably scheming to bring them all

 
AdmiralAckbong

If getting high and watching movies or playing videogames was a major, Id have graduated with a Masters degree by Fuck this semester

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Is it weird that CJs review is the first time Ive seen the US price for Pocket Card Jockey listed anywhere? They were pretty mum on it until now (maybe because its cheaper in way, its totally worth Addiction City, here I come!

 
EtosiGiR

Just curious what the split looks like here on the ol Personally Im team Captain (Even though Panther is my favorite and hes starting out on the wrong Dafuh Marvel? Dafuh?

 
ikiryou

This is what sex looks like & it now costs 13800

 
Sarah Jane Farron

Got a proper game of TF2 played today that lasted over an Still good at it! Completely different kinds of games and both are fun but this has me wanting Overwatch less because Ill probably still play it :p Guess I feel a bit more in

 
Nathan D

Persona 5 on September 15?! Right around my birthday! I know what Im get-wait what? In JAPAN?! You smug son of a

 
whatsacow

9 hours of Overwatch just happened and I didnt realise I guess productivity can wait until

 
Sir Shenanigans

Its funny in Overwatch because Lucio is the name of the large Italian man who owns the pizzeria right by my Lucio on skates is a very funny thing for me to think/hear/dream

 
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We HAVE to have Destructoid OverWatch for FNF HAVE to! I can host on PC, but I think well pull more of a crowd if a more prominent member of the community posts about Please! :D

 
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The ultimate solution to your backlog woes

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Whats all this Im hearing about a Hacker-chan? Im sure she doesnt look all that

 
Dreggsao

Good thing I know to get the Forza 6 f2p whatever beta in the windows People not knowing this wouldnt find out even on the official Microsoft and PC games is always

 
Perro

Im new to eBay and did my first snipe and won on a Feel bad for the guy who probably looked at the 30 seconds left on the item thinking he would win but also so satisfying to metaphorically take candy from that baby

 
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OH MY GOD! I CANT BELIEVE UNCHARTED 4 HAS AN ENDING! Oh, whoops,

 
Torchman

mmmmmmmmmmm that Persona 5 trailer is a fine way to wake Also could Torch have found P5 best girl? Perhaps, but only time will

 
Ckarasu

Everyone in the Discord channel that I mod are talking about Seems Hacker-chan is their

 
StriderHoang

Civil War tonight for me and missus CIVIL WAR! CIVIL WAR!

 
FakePlasticTree

Arrrrgh must have P5 Just shove it into my veiiins!

 
OverlordZetta

I warn anyone who sees this in the future that is anticipating Persona 5, todays footage will ruin you for To the game, anyway, but thats all that matters, right?

 
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15 DAYS BEFORE FINAL FANTASY 15?! Come ONNNNNNN

 
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I really want to try Overwatch, but with my connection, it wont be done downloading until the open beta is

 

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