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GoldenEye 007 Remaster Nearly Saw Release On Xbox Live Arcade

GoldenEye 007 made a return on Wii, with Eurocom delivering a modern reimagining that saw Pierce Brosnan’s Bond replaced by Daniel Craig. However, before that was announced work had started on remastering Rare’s original Nintendo 64 version to see release on Xbox Live Arcade. Rare Thief has uncovered a 30-minute gameplay clip that shows how much progress had been made on the unfinished...

Unseen64 Explores Cancelled Perfect Dark Sequels

Unseen64 continues to delve into the realms of what could have been, now turning their attention to abandoned sequels to Perfect Dark. That information has been sourced by researcher Liam Robertson, resulting in an extensive video which explores how Rare had shifted their resources to Xbox 360 after they were purchased by Microsoft. We learn that Conker’s Bad Fur Day creator Chris Seavor was...

Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong teams up with his sidekick, Diddy Kong, on a new adventure in this platformer inspired by the classic Donkey Kong Country. Face flying pigs, deadly Zingers and reptilian Kremlings as you journey through a mysterious pirate ship, perilous snow, an unbelievable underwater temple and crazy capers in the sky. Fun fact: the original Game Boy version was released on a special, bana...

Donkey Kong Country (Wii U)

In 1994, at the dawn of 32-bit consoles, one game blew away the competition with its pre-rendered 3D graphics, cartoon-quality animation and atmospheric music – on the 16-bit Super Nintendo! Donkey Kong Country breathed new life into the character of Donkey Kong, and introduced gamers to Diddy Kong, Cranky Kong, and bad guys the Kremlings. Join DK and Diddy on a quest to recover their st...

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble

Donkey Kong and Diddy have been captured by the Kremlings, so it's Dixie Kong and new sidekick Kiddy to the rescue! In the final part of the classic Donkey Kong Country trilogy, take control of Dixie and Kiddy, and use their unique abilities to traverse treacherous terrain, seek out elusive Banana Birds, and defeat the Kremlings' new master, KAOS. Featuring familiar and new animal buddie...

Donkey Kong Land III

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone to seek their fortune by finding the fabled Lost World, leaving Dixie Kong literally holding the baby. However, Dixie decides to find the Lost World before anyone else, bringing cousin Kiddy Kong along for the ride. Play as Dixie or Kiddy across 36 Kong-sized levels of platforming action and adventure. Get a little help from your animal friends Squitter th...

Teens React to Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye 007

Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye 007 becomes the latest game that the React Channel subjects today’s teenagers to. Rare’s seminal classic is still regarded as one of the greatest local multiplayer games of its time, with the movie having been the first to star Pierce Brosnan as MI6 agent James Bond. Multiplayer is where it’s at in the Teens React, with the participants going head-to...

Rare reveal abandoned plans for Perfect Dark sister title Velvet Dark

As part of celebrating their history with Xbox One exclusive Rare Replay, the British developer’s creative director Gregg Mayles has revealed that they had once planned a sister title to Perfect Dark called Velvet Dark. Velvet Dark is protagonist Joanna Dark’s sister, and appeared as the second player’s character in Perfect Dark’s Co-op mode. Rare’s design document, w...

Artwork for GameCube’s cancelled Perfect Dark uncovered

It’s been 13 years since Microsoft acquired Rare, a purchase that immediately saw the studio’s projects shift from GameCube to Xbox 360. Those came to light at launch, when Kameo: Elements of Power and Perfect Dark Zero led the way in justifying Microsoft’s aggressive approach in building their own network of studios working exclusively for their own console. But, what was lost e...

Playtonic Games developing “spiritual successor” to Banjo-Kazooie

Six veterans from legendary developer Rare have revealed that they have formed a new independent studio, Playtonic Games. Their team comprises of “the bloke who programmed Donkey Kong Country, the character designer behind Banjo and Kazooie, and the artist who made your console fit to burst with lavish environments across a decade’s worth of games.” They’re hard at work on ...

Donkey Kong Land III Review

And so we have come to the last of the Donkey Kong adventures to have joined the Virtual Console service in the past month. Donkey Kong Land 3, as with its portable predecessors, once again provides an alternate take on home console counterpart, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble. Playing as Dixie Kong and her cousin Kiddy Kong, you must travel the lands in your hunt for the Lost W...

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble Review

As the Nintendo 64 launch beckoned, there was one remaining Donkey Kong Country adventure to come out – the third and final in the trilogy until Donkey Kong Country Returns slammed onto Wii later in 2009. With the Nintendo 64 nearing, it was sadly overlooked by many on release although the Wii U’s Virtual Console provides a welcome opportunity to see what you may have missed out on. Do...

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