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Video Game Ad of the Day: GoldenEye 007

Goldeneye 007
One of the most popular and groundbreaking games of the 32/64-bit era was GoldenEye 007. The game is widely held to be one of the best licensed games ever produced, but the reason it’s so popular is its splitscreen multiplayer feature.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo Kazooie UK
Banjo-Kazooie is one of Rare’s finest platforming efforts, sadly oft overlooked nowadays because of its collection based progress mechanics. The UK ad pays homage to the promotional campaign for the 1978 Superman film.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Jet Force Gemini

Jet Force Gemini is one of Rare’s great games of the Nintendo 64 era. Although it wasn’t quite as successful as other efforts, the game did a great job of blending exploration and third person shooting action. Shame about the game-padding Tribal hunt, though.


Donkey Kong Country series yanked from Virtual Console

We’ve seen some high profile withdrawls of games from the Wii’s Virtual Console about, but this one is perhaps the most surprising. Reports are coming in from the US that Nintendo has pulled Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble from the Virtual Console service. Nintendo has not provided a reason for the change. Word is that the games will be pulled from PAL region stores on the 25th of November – so if you want them, download them now.

Some folks are speculating that Nintendo might be upgrading the games to support the WiiU Game Pad, or be planning some kind of Donkey Kong collection disc, but these stories seem unlikely at this point – Donkey Kong‘s 30th anniversary was last year. There are no rights issues with Rare, as Nintendo always owned the rights to the games and characters Rare created for the franchise.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Grabbed by the Ghoulies was Rare’s first after joining the Microsoft fold. Expectations were high for Rare under Microsoft, but Ghoulies, a title ported quickly from the GameCube to the Xbox, didn’t resonate with fans, who were waiting for sequels to big time Rare hits like Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie.


Retro Gaming Theatre: Battletoads (NES)

This week’s game for Retro Gaming Theatre is Battletoads – one of those games that a lot of people like to bring up, but few have really gone back to play. It’s also a game I do not exactly like a whole bunch – probably because I played it to completion once.

You might notice the video starts to get worse and ends abruptly. That’s because the NES we were playing it on has sat in a dusty house with a bunch of smokers for a couple of years. Not exactly your friendly storage environment. That may mean a hiatus for us recording NES footage until we clean this console or get a replacement console – the other one we tried was even worse.


Translation patch released for GBC version of Donkey Kong Land III

It’s not widely known, but Nintendo updated Donkey Kong Land III from the black & white (or pea soup green, depending on your system) Game Boy to the Game Boy Color when they brought the game to Japan. While the Japanese had to wait an extra two years to play the game, they got to do so with a superior version.

And now you can too, thanks to the hard work of Blaziken257, who has prepared an English translation patch for the Japanese version of the game, known as Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong and Dixie Kong.

You can get the translation patch here

Source: Romhacking via RetroCollect


Video Game Ad of the Day: Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team was an unlikely crossover between characters developed by Rare and Technos respectively, brought together under the one roof by TradeWest. Plays more like the former than the latter, but without the ballbusting difficulty associated with other Battletoads efforts.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Beetlejuice

Remember when Tim Burton didn’t feel obligated to cast Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter in everything? Remember when he actually made good movies? Then you might remember Beetlejuice. Evidently someone at LJN thought that the black comedy was perfect video game material, and commissioned Rare to develop a game based upon it. The result isn’t actually very good.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Sabre Wulf

The Game Boy Advance release of Sabre Wulf was a reimagining of the classic ZX Spectrum game, published by THQ following Microsoft’s purchase of Rare. The game is a platformer that draws reasonable influence from Donkey Kong Country, but each stage involves players stealing loot from under the nose of the titular wolf and running back to the start without getting caught.