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Killer Instinct Classic features two different versions of the arcade ROM

Microsoft has announced that Killer Instinct Classic, the Xbox One port of the original Killer Instinct which is only available as a bonus with the new Killer Instinct game, will feature two different versions of the popular arcade fighter.

One version is the 1.4 release, apparently the original arcade release, warts and all. The other version is the updated 1.5D release, which fixes a number of exploits and addressed a few balance issues. Killer Instinct Classic will also include a training mode, a CRT filter and an art gallery.

Killer Instinct Classic will be out alongside the new Killer Instinct and the Xbox One next Friday.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance)

Donkey Kong Country GBA
Nintendo effectively turned the Game Boy Advance into a SNES port dumping ground, but it’s safe to say that many of the ports were actually worse than their original versions. Probably the most offensive case was Donkey Kong Country, which was significantly brightened up – to the point where it looks absolutely awful on anything but the original, non-lit GBA console.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64 FRA
Donkey Kong 64 is a divisive game. Some, like myself, feel that the game was a pretty solid platformer. Others feel that the game is the pinnacle of the absurd collect-a-thon that apparently plagued the 32/64-bit console era. No matter your stance, you’ll probably agree that the DK Rap was a bad idea.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo Kazooie DE
Banjo-Kazooie was one of the most anticipated platformers for the Nintendo 64, though the combination of bear and bird often cops flack for collection focused gameplay, despite being nowhere near as absurd as Donkey Kong 64 in the collection stakes. This ad is from the German Club Nintendo magazine.


Video Game Ad of the Day: NARC

NARC is one of Midway’s more controversial arcade hits, and, as you’d expect, a cut down version made its way home on the NES courtesy of Rare and Acclaim. The NES version had just about all references to drugs removed by virtue of Nintendo of America’s heavy handed censorship.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Conker: Live and Reloaded

Conker Live and Reloaded
Conker: Live and Reloaded is a fantastic remake of the late N64 era release Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but it wasn’t particularly well received at the time. The reason? People expected big things out of Microsoft’s purchase of Rare in 2002, and they got precisely two games on the original Xbox, the maligned Grabbed by the Ghoulies and a remake. It’s one of the best looking games on the Xbox by far.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Killer Instinct (Game Boy)

Killer Instinct GB
Killer Instinct did indeed make its way to the Game Boy, not long after it hit the SNES. It loses Cynder and Riptor, but you can play two player head-to-head if you run it on a Super Game Boy, which is pretty neat.


Developer’s commentary now available for Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Conker’s Bad Fur Day designer Chris Seavor and programmers Shawn Pile and Chris Marlow recently reunited to record a developer’s commentary for the controversial game.

The three gents take a no-holds-barred look at the game, which was Rare’s final release both for the Nintendo 64 in its original incarnation, and the Xbox in its remade form. It’s just as crass as Conker himself, so keep that in mind before listening.

The commentary is in six parts, here’s a link for the Youtube playlist.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Donkey Kong Land

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Donkey Kong Land is basically what happened when Rare and Nintendo dragged Donkey Kong Country kicking and screaming onto the Game Boy. The first game features an entirely original set of levels, while the second and third games are more closely based on their SNES equivalents.


Video Game Ad of the Day: WWF WrestleMania Challenge

WWF WrestleMania Challenge
Both the NES and the WWF were at the top of their game at the end of the 1980s, so it was only natural that the two forces would collide. WWF WrestleMania Challenge is the second WWF effort for the system, and features eight WWF superstars, including favourites such as Hulk Hogan, The Macho Man Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.