Will RARE Ever Bring These Games Back?

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Sat, 07/28/2012 - 07:27 -- jdelacey

Back in the 90’s and the early 00’s its fair to say that RARE released hit after hit on the Nintendo consoles. Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye are perhaps there biggest hits, but they do have a great back catalog of games. Nintendo and RARE were like a perfect marriage. This marriage however was about to be split up. When Microsoft bought 100 percent of Rare many people thought that the magic would simply continue on the Xbox.

Many people are of the impression that RARE on Xbox has been a complete failure, and while there games may have not sold like Donkey Kong Country did on the Super Nintendo or like Goldeneye did on the Nintendo 64. They have in fact made games that are a heck of a lot of fun. There re-remake of Conkers Bad Fur Day, Kameo, and Perfect Dark were all met with positive reviews at the time of release, but for what ever reason they did not sell as well as they really deserved. Perhaps on the next Xbox Rare can really shine. They do actually own a couple of franchises that I am sure could be big hits if handled right. I wanted to take a look at just a few of the RARE franchises I would love to see on the Next Xbox.

Killer Instinct
It really does blow my mind that RARE has not done a single thing with the Killer Instinct franchise. For me this is one of the biggest missed opportunities that Microsoft has done. This pardon the pun could be the killer exclusive beat em up the Xbox could need.

Killer InstinctBack in 2010 RARE revealed that while they are not working on Killer Instinct 3 they would love to bring the series to the Xbox. What could this mean? Could they perhaps being hinting at a re-release of the original game on Xbox Live? Who knows, but this is a cash cow that I think Microsoft really needs to get behind. Its not as if this is a unsuccessful franchise either. The original Killer Instinct was a huge hit.

Perhaps if we were to get the original arcade game released on Xbox Live it could be a gateway for Microsoft to see that there is a real interest in this series. I think a good solid beat em up would be a awesome title to have as a launch game for any system. Let alone one that would be a console exclusive like a new Killer Instinct would be.

Banjo - Kazooie 3
Banjo - Kazooie 3I know we had Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts on the Xbox 360, but I would hardly call that game even though it was pretty decent a real sequel to Banjo-Tooie. Banjo was a very popular series of games on the Nintendo 64. As a mater of fact he has been pretty popular on the Xbox 360 also. Both the original Nintendo 64 games were re-released on Xbox Live Arcade, and sold very well I might add. Also Banjo was a exclusive character in the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing. So there is clearly a interest in these characters.

I think that out of all the RARE properties the one we have a real chance of getting is a Banjo-Kazooie 3. While I did enjoy Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts I would love a real sequel that goes back to the platforming, and puzzle solving of the originals. A console exclusive platform game would be another huge hit, and a reason to buy the Next Xbox on launch. Just imagine if the Next Xbox was to launch with Banjo-Kazooie 3 and Killer Instinct.

ConkerHow could you not fall in love with this foul mouthed little squirrel. Conkers Bad Fur Day was a fantastic game. While it did make a appearance on the original Xbox it was a re-make of the Nintendo 64 one, and RARE did a fantastic job. I think its time to bring Conker back.

There may be some gamers who see a platform game like Banjo-Kazooie as a “kiddie” game, but there is no way you could say that about Conker now is there. Since the time the original Conker was released there have been a ton of new pop culture references for him to rip on.

Halo Racing (Diddy Kong Racing)
Halo Racing (Diddy Kong Racing)I know that Diddy Kong is a Nintendo owned character, but lets not forget the fact that RARE made a fantastic cart racer in the Nintendo 64. Many people myself included thought they even out did Mario Kart 64. So you can clearly see that they have the pedigree to make a very fun, and deep cart racer. RARE managed to mix a fun adventure game in with a great racer.

While they could not use Diddy Kong how about using some of Microsoft’s own characters perhaps from the Halo series. I know that there would be many fans outraged at a cartoon looking Master Chief, but I think it would certainly be a whole lot of fun.

What do you guys think about RARE? I know that the RARE I grew up with is pretty much gone, and that Microsoft see them as the company to make Kinect games. However there must somewhere at RARE still be that spark that can produce games like these once more.

Article by - Jason Delacey
Insert Date: 07/29/2012

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I'd do anything for a true sequel to Banjo-Tooie and a new Conker game. If they were to launch with the next xbox I would be in line.

Hey, nice article and i agree with you firstly that Rare's true game presence in gaming needs to felt again. Just as you mentioned, during the Nintendo vs SEGA era, Rare were a major player on Nintendo's side, putting countless of they're rivals and there own Ninendo developed titles to shame. I remember years back after my brother had a car crash(he's okay now :), my mother brought him Killer instinct 1 as a gift to cheer him up. It was the edition, with the KI CD Soundtrack("the way you move, is the killer groove" lol, with Spinal on the cover), and we didn't look back since. The first game i got on the N64 was its sequel and it didn't disappoint(except losing Cinder). Ever since, we've been waiting for the next Installment, but it never came. I believe KI was truly a rival to Street Fighter and MK franchices. But generations have changed, the need for fighting games has been lost, FPS rule the flag for current and future IP's so its difficult for any company to put time and effort on the fighting genre. But with Tekken and Soul Calibur still holding weight and ofcourse the success of the revamped 3D street Fighter and MK, there is deffinately potential(among other games respectfully). Before reading this article, i was reading something about Netherealm(MK developer) potentially acquiring KI's IP, but then heard it was an April fools joke. Regardless, i kinda got worried, because in truth, as much as i love MK, i wouldn't want the game to turn to a MK like fighting game. Unique characters, amazing detailed moves/combos and stunning graphics(for its time) was vital for its success. Sorry for blabbing on about KI, all the other Rare games you mentioned, were amazing too, one after another. The only thing i regret when i was younger was missing out on the Perfect Dark era, during the 90's, as i was still playing other games(like Goldeneye) so i agree, every game mentioned deserves a real come back. Another honourable game to mention, is Rare's final Nintendo console game, Star Fox Adventures on the GC(aka Dinosaur Planet 2.0). As i never got into the Star Fox games, this Rare platform title made me think differently of Star Fox, but sadly as the Star Fox franchise is owned by Nintendo, a sequel for it is out of the question.

I love the game Killer Instinct. They should definitely have this game on a next generation console. This a true OG game.

I don't know about Halo racing. Sounds ghey.

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