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July 2015 Retro Gaming Article


July 25, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Rare Replay commemorates 30 years of gaming with 30 games for $30 reviving compilations

Ask Me About Battletoads - button seen at Gamestop Not long ago, GameStop employees were displaying some new flair on their lanyards - "Ask Me About Battletoads" buttons. Anyone whose played Battletoads in an arcade or was lucky enough to own an NES copy must have gotten chills when seeing this button. I asked.

The promo buttons were for Rare Replay, an Xbox One exclusive featuring 30 games by Rare Ltd. to commemorate 30 years.

I don't own an Xbox One and am not likely to. Of course exclusivity in the gaming industry is often a fleeting concept. Were it not published by Microsoft, I'd suspect it would emerge on other platforms in a few short months. Time will tell...

Recently, a promotional video for Rare Replay swamped the Internet. It's been getting a lot of attention... despite being a musical - and by "musical" I mean they've set the video to a showtune style.

You'd have a hard time not getting your money's worth out of this video game release! I'd love to see it on other platforms.

Rare Replay Game List:

30 games on Rare Replay
Between Rare Replay and NES Remix, could compilation discs return?
Video Game Title Year
Jetpac 1983
Atic Atac 1983
Lunar Jetman 1983
Sabre Wulf 1984
Underwurlde 1984
Knight Lore 1984
Gunfright 1985
Slalom 1986
R.C. Pro-Am 1987
Cobra Triangle 1989
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll 1990
Digger T. Rock: Legend of the Lost City 1990
Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship 1990
Battletoads 1991
R.C. Pro-Am II 1992
Battletoads Arcade 1994
Killer Instinct Gold 1996
Blast Corps 1997
Banjo-Kazooie 1998
Jet Force Gemini 1999
Perfect Dark 2000
Banjo-Tooie 2000
Conker's Bad Fur Day 2001
Grabbed by the Ghoulies 2003
Perfect Dark Zero 2005
Kameo: Elements of Power 2005
Viva Piņata 2006
Jetpac Refuelled 2006
Viva Piņata: Trouble in Paradise 2008
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts 2008


Return of Compilation Discs

The power of the original PlayStation was my first foray into compilation discs. It's not just the convenience and savings. There was something special about compilation games and the assortment of games found within them. I liken it to CD Singles versus an album full of great music. Something in the arrangement and inclusion of the songs (games) makes a very unique and special release. It seems like a different experience than the singular elements.

Rare Replay

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