Rare has recently been releasing batches of unseen footage from a variety of projects that they have had in development to celebrate Rare Replay on Xbox One. The latest one is Twelve Tales: Conker 64 which was a less controversial game than Conker’s Bad fur Day. You can view some unreleased footage of charming 3D platformer below along with details of its interesting history.
The Nintendo 64, which was 14th best-selling platform of all time and the 9th best-selling home console, had some fantastic games. Titles such as Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie are fondly remembered today as being the pinnacle of 3D platformers. VG Chartz has obtained sales data for the platform and has put together a list of the best-selling video games on the Nintendo 64. One thing you will notice is that four of the top-ten titles are from UK development studio Rare which just goes to show how important their output was during the period.
- Super Mario 64 – 11.89 Million
- Mario Kart 64 – 9.87 Million
- GoldenEye 007 – 8.09 Million
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – 7.60 Million
- Super Smash Bros. – 5.55 Million
- Pokémon Stadium – 5.45 Million
- Donkey Kong 64 – 5.27 Million
- Diddy Kong Racing – 4.88 Million
- Star Fox 64 – 4.03 Million
- Banjo-Kazooie – 3.63 Million
Fore! Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64 is scheduled to be released Thursday on the Japan Wii U Virtual Console. This was the first direct release of a Mario golfing game, one of the first sports-themed Mario titles, and was published in 1999. The game features eight courses and several Mushroom Kingdom and original characters. After selling more than a million copies worldwide, the game spawned four sequels on consoles and handhelds.
Rating boards are wonderful things. First we hear from the German one that LIMBO will be making its way to the Wii U, now we hear that the (arguably best) Mario Tennis from the Nintendo 64 will be showing up on Virtual Console. The rating (seen below) doesn’t confirm when the game will be coming exactly, however prior indications point to a release early next week.
All the way back in 1997, the dream team of Shigesato Itoi (Mother), Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Zelda) and Tsunekazu Ishihara (Pokemon) were all working on a game called Cabbage. Yes, Cabbage. Sounds strange, but also a stroke of genius for its time. It was to be designed for the Nintendo 64DD– an improved version of the Nintendo 64 which never made it to the West– and was going to make the use out of its improved gear.
Cabbage was pretty much Nintendo’s spin on Tamagotchi– you had a creature that you had to feed and look after and could take around with you. But how could you do that on the Nintendo 64DD? Well, according to Unseen64, Cabbage was going to make use out of the console’s internal clock so its world would keep ticking even when the console was turned off, it was going to have Game Boy connectivity so you could transfer Cabbage to your GB to tend to while you’re out and about, and even have network functionality to visit other players’ Cabbage. Any of that sound familiar?
Although nothing ever came of the game because the developers got too busy on other projects, and the Nintendo 64DD wasn’t the most popular, you can see elements of the game that were brought to other projects in the future. Animal Crossing was released a few years down the line on Nintendo 64, even Nintendogs’ use of real time nurturing aspect rings a bell. Cabbage seems to be the birthplace of many pioneering ideas, and it seems a shame it was never brought to life! Do you think you would have liked Cabbage?
It seems as though the original Turok on the Nintendo 64 could be remade by a small studio called Night Dive Studios. Whether this game will see the light of day remains to be seen, but I’m sure there are quite a few of you that have fond memories of the Nintendo 64 launch title which was released in 1997.
TR: After Powerslave EX, are you going to try your hand at remaking other shooters?
Kaiser: I was originally working on remaking N64 Turok (called Turok EX) but it got put off to the side. Since now Night Dive Studios has picked up the rights to re-release it, Turok EX will resume development later this year. By the way, I’ve also done work with Night Dive by re-releasing Strife, which was another reverse-engineering project that me and a friend worked on back in 2010.
Yup, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 64 titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console today. You will be able to download classics such as Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS today. More titles will obviously be added over time.