I just emerged from Microsoft’s E3 presentation, and I’m exhausted. When you have to watch 60 game trailers in a row, the cliches tend to blend together after a while. “Let’s see, is this about a post-apocalyptic magic cyborg trapped in a time loop with Keanu Reeves while being chased by a giant Lego Battletoad? No….it’s Gears 5….”
Last month during E3 Microsoft revealed Rare is working on the return of Zitz, Pimple and Rash, the Battletoads of NES fame — the amphibians who came to define the words “Nintendo Hard.” The original game, despite its difficulty, was successful enough to spawn several sequels, but one of them never made it out — despite being completed.
A number of classic Rare games are set to see their soundtracks released on vinyl. The developer is teaming up with iam8bit, a studio that has previously worked on another of other soundtracks, to release Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, and Viva Pinata.
As an extra special bonus, the Conker’s Bad Fur Day will come as a two-piece album with extra music that has never been released before. Each of the vinyl releases will also come with a digital download code so you can listen to them on modern devices as well.
iam8bit have successfully created vinyls of other classic video game soundtracks. As well as collaborations with Rare to release the original Battletoads and Perfect Dark albums, they have worked on games such as Cuphead, Hyper Light Drigter, and Orio and the Blind Forest.
British game studio Rare has put out a new video in their Rare Revealed series, this one about the making of the Battletoads series. Five new secrets are told from the mouths of the original staff.
While Kratos and the Battletoads are unlocked in pretty much the same way (see the video at the bottom of the article for a tutorial on how to get them to appear and where to find them), they differ in some important ways. Firstly, Kratos is a roaming character who will travel round the map whereas the Battletoads have their own location in the world that acts as a hub after you have defeated them.
You probably had to do a double take when you read that headline. Yes, it does say “Rare” as in the game company Rare, the one you thought was long out of business. A composer at the English studio tweeted a photo of handwritten sheet music and said “This is a HUGE year for Rare.” XBox president Phil Spencer agrees, saying he toured the place in November and got to play whatever it is they’re working on, and said it was very impressive. He also said it was not a Kinect game.
This generation has already seen some high profile games from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 be remastered. The likes of The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V and Halo: The Master Chief Collection are all examples of titles that have had or are getting enhanced editions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, not only allowing new players to experience them but also giving them new life with upgraded graphics and much improved performance.