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In addition to all the 3D platformers inspired by classic games like Banjo-Kazooie, from A Hat in Time to Clive ‘N’ Wrench to Playtonic’s spiritual successor, rumors have been in the air for a while now that Microsoft and Rare are working on a real Banjo-Kazooie game… whether “Banjo-Threeie” or something else.

These rumors were aided last October, when Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said in an interview that Microsoft had some fan-favorite games in the works. This came in response to the following list of games requested by fans (for games that already have sequels, I assume fans are hoping for a new entry in the series):

  • Halo Wars 2
  • Alan Wake 2
  • MechAssault
  • Conker 3
  • Blinx the Time Sweeper
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Kameo 2
  • High Heat Baseball
  • Otogi
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Shenmue

Spencer said, “There are a couple of games on that list that we’re doing some work on.” Later in the interview, he expressed his admiration for Rare, which also served to fuel hopes that a Rare sequel was in development.

Well, it’s not Conker.

Conker’s arrival in Project Spark led to some debate over whether this meant he was getting a true game of his own, or if this was it. Spencer cleared up the matter by confirming this was it.

So what about Rare?

Rare is working on something, although what that something is, we don’t know. And that brings us back to our original topic: Nintendo 64 classics.

On its community site, Rare is conducting a poll asking fans what their favorite Nintendo 64 Rare games are. Right now, Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day are leagues ahead of everyone else. Head on over to cast your vote–you can probably guess what mine was.

Does this mean Rare is working on a game from that list? Probably not. But it sure can’t hurt to let the company know which of its games you like the most.

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  11 Responses to “Rare Asks About N64 Games”

  1. Yeah, since you wrote this,
    hasn’t been a valid link.

    By the way, Mickey’s Speedway USA for best N64 Rare game.

  2. Link to the past 20-30 hours? Nonsense. Even on your first playthrough not knowing where anything is MIGHT take 8-10 hours if you’re really taking your time. The game can be beat in 3-4 hours with all collectibles and you don’t need to be some masterful speed runner to manage that. I was doing it as a kid and I’m not very good at video games.

    It’s an amazing game but I often see it described like it’s some sort of mega epic when it’s something most average people could clear in an afternoon or two.

    • I agree that Link to the Past probably won’t break 20 hours (unless you’re really going slowly), but I’m not entirely sure why you’re commenting about it here in a post about Rare games.

  3. What I don’t get is why Nintendo didn’t get together with Rare to do a 32 meg, ACM graphics Mario Kart sequel on the SNES possibly using the Super FX 2 chip for a boost or even companies like Konami teaming up with Nintendo & Rare to do a 32 meg, ACM Castlevania and/or Contra game just to see what they could’ve accomplished together. They could’ve made those games as big as the Donkey Kong Country series. Super Return of the Jedi should’ve been much bigger & better than it was. They were so lazy they didn’t even change the way (1 handed) Darth Vader fought you from Empire to Jedi & it was a cakewalk to beat him. A few missed opportunities there

  4. The Super Nintendo era was such a great time to grow up in the former United States of America. The early 90’s was a great time to be a kid!

    It really surprises me how 16-bit game design has not caught on like the over used retro 8-bit has. I was hoping games would start to graduate to the 16-bit era of nostalgia but it has not. Hopefully soon!

  5. This feeling in my chest is brutal, to consider DKC anything but a top 3 game let alone the best game on the system.
    Then again, I realize I’m on the outside looking in when it comes to Zelda. I do like Link to the Past, but it never had that feeling of pure joy, awesomeness from literal minute 1. That, and it has one of the best overall soundtracks ever. Visually the game was stunning back then, and it still holds up well today with a very good art style.

  6. C’mon, people, it’s their picks for the best SNES games. If you think Secret of Mana is the best, props to you. If you think Super Metroid is better than Super Mario Kart, that’s fine. This is their pick and your comments aren’t going to change it. The sooner you all get that the better off you’ll be.And before anyone calls me a hypocrite, I did wonder why Chrono Trigger was only #5 when it was on their “”best games of all time”” list. It just didn’t make sense for it to be lower than A Link to the Past when even that isn’t on the best games of all time list.

  7. Kinda suprised Kirby Super Star didn’t make it, but Kirby’s Dreamland 3 did, mostly ’cause KDL3 is barely talked about meanwhile everyone and their mama talk about Super Star (I love both Dreamland 3 and Super Star btw) also Super Metroid didn’t make top .

  8. I only ever played the super popular games, but some of these look really unique and fun. Basically, my dad still had a Super Nintendo from a while back, and I got into it. He only ever had like seven games; Super Metroid, Mega Man X, Chrono Trigger, Link to the Past, Castlevania, Earthbound and Super Mario World. At least, those are the ones that still worked. Anyway, if I were born like a decade earlier I think I would’ve enjoyed the more obscure games out there. Great list, though!

  9. The snes classic mini has 21 games… only…!!!! pilot wings ??? chrono trigger??? tennis iss so and so many more
    the console COULD have 100 games. But Copyrighted and money killed OUR DREAMS. RIP.

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