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Rare games Switch Online

Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll, R.C. Pro-Am, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, Killer Instinct, and Blast Corps have all been announced for Nintendo Switch Online. The full set launches today.

These games were originally developed by Rare. Killer Instinct and Battletoads in Battlemaniacs are a part of the SNES app. Meanwhile, Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll and R.C. Pro-Am are available on NES. Finally, Blast Corps is for the N64 library.

Great Mighty Poo statue Conker's Bad Fur Day

First 4 Figures has unveiled its next statue, which will be The Great Mighty Poo from the N64 classic Conker’s Bad Fur Day. This was one of the more iconic bosses in Rare’s classic platformer who even came with his own song.

Three different versions of the statue are planned: standard, the Exclusive Edition, and the Deluxe Edition. All three include the resin painted statue, pose inspired by the boss battle in Conker’s Bad Fur Day, limited edition numbering, and authentication card. The Exclusive Edition adds an interchangeable right arm holding a sweet corn, an interchangeable left arm holding a P.O.S., and an additional sweet corn that can be moved from hand to mouth. Finally, the Deluxe Edition has everything plus an additional sweet corn with no mouth, extra Conker with different pose and expression, one separate mini standing base for Conker, two interchangeable uvulas (with/without toilet paper), and two speech bubbles that can be displayed on base or on stand.

GoldenEye 007 online multiplayer exclusive

The inclusion of online multiplayer for GoldenEye 007’s re-release is exclusive to Switch, it’s been confirmed.

The acclaimed shooter GoldenEye 007 is finally making a comeback with the game set to appear on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. It’ll also be coming to Xbox Game Pass as well. However, players that pick up the Xbox version won’t have access to online multiplayer.

During today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that the N64 classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Nintendo Switch Online as part of the Expansion Pack service. Online play will be supported.

A bunch of other N64 games have also been confirmed. Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080° Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64 are all on the way. Specific launch dates will follow in the future. However, we know that Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, and Mario Party 2 are slated for this year. Everything else is set for next year.

Banjo-Kazooie Switch Online gameplay

Banjo-Kazooie has officially landed on Nintendo Switch Online as part of the service’s Expansion Pack tier, and we now have gameplay. IGN uploaded a video containing 14 minutes of footage.

For those that need a recap on the type of game Banjo-Kazooie is, check out the following overview:

Banjo-Kazooie comparison

Thanks to GameXplain, we have a new graphical comparison for Banjo-Kazooie on the N64, Xbox, and Switch.

As many fans know, the 3D platformer made its debut on the N64 in 1998. It then saw a remastered version on the Xbox in 2008. The game is now back on Nintendo with its upcoming arrival on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service.

goldeneye 007 ban

More than two decades after its original release on N64, GoldenEye 007 is no longer “banned” in Germany.

As explained by Mental Floss, the German federal agency Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) set up an index in the 1980s in which a piece of media could be included if it were deemed harmful to young people. GoldenEye was one such title that was added – way back in 1998 – due to its death scenes and perceived glorification of violence. Being included on the list can significant hinder sales.

Dinosaur Planet - Star Fox Adventures

Star Fox Adventures ended up having a bit of an unconventional development history. Originally, it was planned as an N64 title. The game was also going to be its own thing before Shigeru Miyamoto looked at what Rare had come up with and felt it should tie into Star Fox. What we ultimately ended up with was an action-adventure Star Fox title on the GameCube.

Now thanks to Forest of Illusion, we’re getting a pretty good look at what the project was like originally. A disc was purchased from a private game collector in Sweden, and the file date lists the build as being from December 1, 2000.

GoldenEye 007

Over a decade ago, there was talk about GoldenEye 007 possibility coming to the Virtual Console on Wii and Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox Live Arcade. That news is now being talked about again over a decade later following a major leak. Recently, a build popped up online of Rare’s GoldenEye 007 remake for the Xbox 360, showing that the project was almost complete.

Why was the game never released despite development almost being completed? It turns out that Nintendo – who published the N64 original – blocked it in the end.

Artist Ross Bury told Arstechnica:

Donkey Kong 64

More than 20 years after its original release, a new secret of sorts has been found in Donkey Kong 64. Fans have discovered a hidden developer code that, when the player goes through a series of inputs, allows entry into a level with a lower than normal amount of Golden Bananas.

Twitter user tjballaam originally passed along the news. The Cutting Room Floor offers further insight, including the code itself:

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