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Post  Fatboy Geezer on Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:07 pm

There's now enough evidence to believe Microsoft will release a collection of Rare games for Xbox One to honour the studio's 30th anniversary.

Kotaku was sent an image of the collection, titled RareReplay, as seen in GameStop's database. The site said it backed up something it had heard a while ago - as had we.

Kotaku heard the collection will feature up to 30 games including Battletoads, Jet Force Gemini, Banjo Kazooie - and possibly Perfect Dark, Kameo (oh what really) and Blast Corps as well.

Rare is also apparently working on another Xbox One game as well.

Rare is an old British developer that lost its way under Microsoft, excluding Viva Pinata, and is better known these days for Kinect Sports. We dug into the studio's history and wrote an article titled Who Killed Rare? a couple of years ago.

However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has gone on the record as saying "I don't want the Rare brand to mean Kinect Sports". He also wore a Battletoads t-shirt during a public Windows appearance, which tends to infer some meaning.

Microsoft's E3 conference happens under two hours from now, at 5.30 UK time (BST). Not long until we find out.

What about you, which Rare games would you like to see in a collection for Xbox One - or, even, returned to wholesale? Or has the ship sailed? Is it to teams like Playtonic, made of up former Rare staff, that we should look instead?
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Re: Microsoft readying an Xbox One Rare collection - report

Post  Ackter on Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:21 pm

Not including Nintendo IPs, which they'll never be able to release:

Snake Rattle N Roll
Battletoads
Blast Corps
Goldeneye 007 (won't happen, unfortuantely)
Jet Force Gemini
Banjo-Kazooie
Perfect Dark
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Star Fox Adventures* (a criminally panned and overlooked game because Star Fox was crowbarred into it)
Viva Piñata (would love to play it again updated on the One)

*obviously with Star Fox removed and the original characters re-introduced.
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Post  Ackter on Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:38 pm

Jesus Christ. 30 games included and 10,000 gamer score Very Happy
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Post  Kev Lar 1 on Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:32 pm

Nice find Fatboy. Can't say I've ever played any of those games but might be worth me keeping an eye on that.
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Post  KENT HAMMER on Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:43 pm

I fucking love Blast corps!

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Post  Ackter on Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:21 pm

1. Jetpac (released in 1983, 1-2 players) – Single-screen shooter where Jetman must reassemble and fuel his rocket while fending off alien hordes.

2. Atic Atac (released in 1983, 1 player) – Top-down adventure with increased replayability thanks to randomized object locations and three different character classes.

3. Lunar Jetman (released in 1983, 1-2 players) – A return to the Jetpac side-scrolling formula, but with a scrolling, randomly generated landscape and much more to do.

4. Sabre Wulf (released in 1984, 1-2 players) – Classic jungle maze game and the first appearance of explorer Sabreman, tackling dangers including the vicious ’Wulf itself.

5. Underwurlde (released in 1984, 1 player) – Rare’s first true platform game. Help Sabreman survive the perils of the Underwurlde and escape through one of three exits.

6. Knight Lore (released in 1984, 1 player) – Introduction of Ultimate’s groundbreaking isometric Filmation engine. Sabreman must scour the castle for items to cure his werewolf curse.

7. Gunfright (released in 1986, 1-2 players) – A Wild West spin on the isometric style, with an improved engine and new first-person target-shooting sections.

8. Slalom (released in 1987, 1-2 players) – Rare’s first console game. Make it to the bottom of each course before time runs out while avoiding trees, sledders, snowmen and other skiers.

9. R.C. Pro-Am (released in 1988, 1 player) – Responsive racing game that inspired elements of Rare’s future racers, including speed boosts, upgrades and collectible power-ups littered around the track.

10. Cobra Triangle (released in 1989, 1 player) – Hop into a boat and power through a branching game world, completing challenges such as shooting targets, disposing of mines and defeating leviathans.

11. Snake Rattle N Roll (released in 1990, 1-2 players) – A fast-paced isometric adventure. Rattle and Roll must eat Nibbley-Pibbleys until they’re heavy enough to ring a bell and open the exit.

12. Digger T. Rock (released in 1990, 1-2 players) – 2D platformer in which Digger must find an exit switch, stand on it, then make it to the exit in 60 seconds.

13. Solar Jetman (released in 1990, 1 player) – A game built around exploration and physics; Jetman has to tow fuel and other items to his mothership.

14. Battletoads (released in 1991, 1-2 players) – Skill and perseverance required as the ’Toads take on multiple game styles to rescue Pimple and Princess Angelica from the Dark Queen.

15. R.C. Pro-Am II (released in 1992, 1-4 players) – Sequel to R.C. Pro-Am with a wider variety of environments, more car customization options and bonus games.

16. Battletoads Arcade (released in 1994) – First “Battletoads” game to allow all three ‘Toads to play simultaneously. Has never had a home release before “Rare Replay”!

17. Killer Instinct Gold (released in 1996, 1-2 players) – Home version of Killer Instinct 2 with several multiplayer modes (including tournament mode) and a training dojo.

18. Blast Corps (released in 1997, 1 player) – Cult classic with a fleet of destructive vehicles (from bulldozers to robots) used to clear the path for a runaway nuclear missile carrier.

19. Banjo-Kazooie (released in 1998, 1 player) – 3D platformer adventure where Banjo and Kazooie must take on the evil witch Gruntilda, who’s kidnapped Banjo’s sister Tooty and plans to steal her beauty for herself.

20. Jet Force Gemini (released in 1999, 1-4 players) – Interstellar action adventure that mixes third-person exploration and alien-blasting action as the last three JFG members go up against Mizar.

21. Perfect Dark (relased in 2000, 1-4 players) – A stealth shooter set in the year 2023. Players lead secret agent Joanna Dark against the dataDyne corporation as they uncover an alien conspiracy that takes her around the world.

22. Banjo-Tooie (released in 2000, 1-4 players) – Builds on Banjo-Kazooie with larger worlds, separately controllable characters, multiplayer modes and many more moves to learn.

23. Conker’s Bad Fur Day (released in 2001, 1-4 players) – Beloved comedy adventure that mixes up genres (platformer, third-person shooting, racing) with mature humor, pop culture references and parodies.

24. Grabbed by the Ghoulies (released in 2003, 1 player) – Rare’s first Xbox game. A comic book beat-’em-up set in a haunted house filled with breakable scenery and Ghoulies of all kinds.

25. Perfect Dark Zero (released in 2005, 1-4 players locally, up to 32 players online) – A prequel to Perfect Dark that delves into Joanna’s origins and fuses first-person shooting with third-person, cover-based combat.

26. Kameo: Elements of Power (released in 2005, 1-2 players locally or online) – A fantasy adventure focused on combat and exploration, with Kameo able to transform into ten different Elemental Warriors.

27. Viva Piñata (released in 2006, 1-2 players locally) – A magical gardening/life sim in which the player can cultivate a garden paradise, attract different Piñatas and keep them safe from Professor Pester and his Ruffians.

28. Jetpac Refuelled (released in 2007, 1-2 players locally or online) – A modern update to Jetpac. Assemble and fuel your rocket before blasting off to the next of 128 challenging stages.

29. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (released in 2008, 1-2 players locally, up to 4 players online) – A more open-ended, customizable approach to the series with vehicle-based challenges set by L.O.G. (the Lord of Games).

30. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (released in 2008, 1-2 players locally or online) – Features new species and Piñata Central challenges, plus desert and arctic regions to visit and catch native Piñatas.
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Post  Tricky34 on Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:49 pm

That's some list of games, with some great classics too. 10,000 Gs is gonna take some maxing too.

Pretty sure it said 30 bucks on the video too, so about £20 - £25 maybe?

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Post  Ackter on Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:57 pm

Yup, it's a potentially great price point.

I'm amazed Kent hasn't ejaculated over so much GS for so little £ Wink
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Post  Sedgendary on Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:04 am

surprised they are putting stuff like Perfect Dark Zero and Nutz & Bolts as they are nothing compared to the originals.

Hoping that Perfect Dark and Conker's are the N64 originals and not the XBLA and Xbox remakes
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Post  TreeMunky on Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:59 pm

I was sold at Solar Jetman Smile said it on here before its the only reason I still have a NES. My first NES title as a kid freaking awesome game.
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Post  Fatboy Geezer on Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:25 pm

never played that, may be tempted with some mp with you buddy
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