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'Rare Replay' Musical Features Popular Characters In Rare Games

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A British video game developer released a musical number video to honor the popular characters gamers love in the Rare universe.

Called "Rare Replay Opening Number," the musical features an all star-lineup of characters that are featured through the past 30 years of the studio's titles.

The musical reintroduces the Dark Queen from Battletoads, who is the master of evil magic, Cooper, who is literally Grabbed by the Ghoulies and Conker the squirrel.

Other characters who enter the spotlight in the music include Jetman (Jetpac), Joanna (Perfect Dark), Sabreman (Sabreman), Banjo (Banjo-Kazooie) and Viva Piñata.

The musical is a promo for the upcoming Rare Replay game for the XBox One, which was first announced at Microsoft's E3 2015. Rare Replay is a compilation of 30 classic games developed by the studio across multiple console generations to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The collection will include titles like Perfect Dark, Viva Pinata, Battletoads and Conker's Bad Fur Day.

While the number is great for nostalgic Rare fans, the studio also released a behind-the-scenes look at what went into the musical number.

"One thing that was missing from the game at the time was that opening attract sequence," lead designer Paul Collins said in the video. "Just having all those memories come rushing back with the amazing characters from inside the collection, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to create that musical.

Instead of feasting a musical number that revealed characters' motivations, or a "greatest hero" song, the team decided to go for a song that featured a narrative or chorus. The characters are singing about what the game is, while the melody reflects what the game sounds like. The whole studio sang the final chorus, putting the official Rare seal on the song.

Rare Replay will be released in August. Watch the Rare Replay musical number below.

Via: Daily Dot

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