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Screenshot Saturday: One of the best elements of Star Fox Adventures is its portrayal of Fox McCloud.   Ironically, in large part thanks to the Star Fox team ending the Lylat Wars by taking out Andross, decimating his infrastructure and military forces, and sending their primary rival Star Wolf into hiding, the Lylat System had low demand for a merc-for-hire-unit like Fox and company following the events of Star Fox 64.

The mostly-quiet (see the canon Manga Farewell, Beloved Falco for when it wasn’t) period of seven years that Fox and co. spent sitting around an increasingly dilapidated Great Fox, scraping for cash and waiting for a call to action, had clearly taken a toll on the character: no longer the gung-ho hero he once was, the early moments of Star Fox Adventures set Fox up as a jaded, impatient, and sarcastic jerk who just wants to quickly patch Dinosaur Planet/Sauria so that he can clear his payment from General Pepper and go home.  The events of the game slowly turn Fox around as he grows to care about the innocent lives at stake and sees the danger General Scales presents, but in the meantime, Fox is plenty ready to roll his eyes, complain, and express utter bafflement at the situation he’s gotten himself into.

This is a roundabout way of saying there’s a lack of Star Fox Adventures gifs showing how the character animation highlights  just how done with this shit Fox is over the course of the game, and we’re on the way to rectifying that.

Xbox’s Phil Spencer Would Be Cool With Banjo-Kazooie as Smash Bros. DLC

A fan reached out to the Microsoft Studios’ head asking if the RARE owned IP could ever join the fray, especially on the heels of the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.

I’d prefer to see Banjo-Kazooie back in a new game of their own. A real game. A real game on a Nintendo system. Perhaps I’m asking for too much.

Buy: Banjo Kazooie Games, Conker Plush

Who better a fool to celebrate on this day than the Donkey Kong Universe’s embodiment of the word, Lanky Kong?  To honor this beloved goofball, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of Lanky Kong’s career.

Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast 

Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 

DK: King of Swing

Perfect Dark

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Star Fox Adventures


Throwback Thursday:  DK Vine regular and former site staffer Sean spent the pre-release period of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U creating a sizable series of banners like these (using a campaign logo cobbled together by DK Vine Staffer and “jerk running the tumblr” Cameron), with a wide variety of jokey slogans hyping up a potential playable appearance by K. Rool in the games.  Of course, we know now it simply was not meant to be.

But with the announcement of the Smash Ballot, it seems life’s thrown K. Rool  a metaphorical fake “Kredits” sequence that he can use to rise up and sucker-punch the competition once again.  And so, maybe these ads get another chance at life.  Because the possibility of ongoing DLC ensures the anxiety-ridden pre-release period for a Smash Bros sequel will never end.

More banners are available here.

“Perfect Dark”

  • Entertainment Weekly, Spring 2000
  • Scanned by Alan Rose, via Joystiq
  • It’s time to take a look at some Rareware games! (Or Rare, Ltd now.) Ah, Rareware. Once a mighty and creative British studio, now remembered fondly through its glory days on the N64. From those glory days came titles like Perfect Dark, a first-person shooter that tried to recreate the success of “GoldenEye 007.”

Screenshot Saturday: From Miiverse, we receive confirmation that the Wii U Virtual Console version of Donkey Kong 64 still includes a port of the original arcade version of Donkey Kong, just as it did in 1999.

Despite not being a standalone release and included in a game originally developed by Rare, this version of Donkey Kong is notably, the official release that most closely replicates the experience of the original 1981 cabinet game:  50m (the “Pie Factory” level), original sound effects, cut-scenes, even a high score screen are all intact.

By extension, this also means DK64 houses the most faithful port of DK Arcade offered in the entire history of Nintendo’s Virtual Console. This includes the promotional release of Donkey Kong: Original Edition, in actuality the NES version of the game edited to reinstate the 50m level missing from its original release.

DK64 is also the only game that lets you vent frustration at being unable to complete DK Arcade in a single life by presenting a simulated environment in which you can endlessly lob grenades at the cabinet.


Ok, so, confession time: I never played Banjo-Kazooie as a kid. I had an N64, but I just never had the money to buy it. Now, as an adult, I’m playing through it for the first time and I am so sad I missed out on it.

Anyway, these two. I was excited for Yooka-Laylee when it was announced, but now that I’m actually playing the game that inspired it, I’m super pumped. If YK is even half as good as BK, I’ll be happy.