20 of the Best Rare Games Ever Made

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Founded in 1985, Rare has developed some of the best games ever made. Whether it’s the Super Nintendo Days of the Donkey Kong Country franchise or the Nintendo 64 platformers/FPS, Rare has a well-deserved pedigree. While they may have stumbled a bit since being acquired by Microsoft, they’re still releasing great games for the Xbox library.

To celebrate, we’re going to go over 20 of the best Rare games ever made. Games are listed in no particular order and have been included based on a combination of personal opinion, critical acclaim, and consumer response.

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As for the games that appear on the list, be sure to let us know if you think we missed something. We encourage discussion and debate in the comments. Let’s jump into the best Rare games released to date.

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Its combination of action, puzzle-solving, and total mayhem results in a wild and unique experience. Blast Corps feels like a refined experience of arcade classics like Missile Command. Only instead of defending bases from oncoming attacks, you are the oncoming attacks.

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BLAST CORPS IS A BELOVED CLASSIC THAT IS ALSO ONE OF THE BEST RARE GAMES EVER

While Mario Kart is an unstoppable juggernaut of a franchise today, there was a time when it wasn’t the best kart racer on a Nintendo console. Diddy Kong Racing is an amazing game that deserves its place amongst the best Rare games ever made.

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DIDDY KONG RACING

No matter what you think of Viva Pinata, there is no denying that it’s an absolutely beautiful game. Rare has always been at the top of their game in terms of visual prowess. Viva Pinata is one of the best Rare games when it comes to graphics. Its lush environments, colorful visuals, and detailed characters all spark joy.

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VIVA PINATA: TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Trouble in Paradise is another great example of a successful sequel. The addition of co-operative play is an absolute home run, as is the new task of collecting and discovering different pinata species.

The original Donkey Kong Country is a classic platformer. The sequel is somehow even better, resulting in one of the best Rare games to ever be developed.

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DONKEY KONG COUNTRY 2: DIDDY’S KONG QUEST

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