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Microsoft Files Trademark For Battletoads

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On November 5th, Microsoft filed a trademark for the renewal of Rare’s Battletoads, a definite hint that the company may be planning to revive yet another of Rare’s classic IP. The trademark is definitely real, too, as Microsoft confirmed to Game Informer that they did file the trademark. A strikingly similar situation happened two years ago in the Fall of 2012 when Microsoft filed the renewal for the trademark of Killer Instinct–the game released one year later. Could we see the same happen with Battletoads? Hopefully we’ll have more information to share in the near future! For a look at the trademark filing, visit NeoGaf where the clever eagle eyed member discovered the renewal!

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Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise Is November’s Free Game With Gold

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Rare’s Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise, the sequel to 2006’s Viva Pinata, is one of the two free games available this month as part of Microsoft’s free ‘Games With Gold’ initiative. So if you currently have an active Xbox LIVE Gold membership, you can download Trouble in Paradise at absolutely no cost directly from your Xbox 360 console or right here at Xbox.com! It will only be free until November 16th, so download as soon as possible and put your gardening, romancing, and Pinata managing skills to the test!

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Donkey Kong Land III 3DS Virtual Console Trailer (Europe)

Here’s the European trailer for Rare’s Donkey Kong Land III, available this week on the 3DS Virtual Console in Europe!

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble Wii U Virtual Console Trailer (Europe)

Here’s the European trailer for Rare’s Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble, available this week on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe!

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Rare Revisits: Mad Monster Mansion

Talk about a hiatus! Eleven months? In any case, welcome back to Rare Revisits, which will — fingers crossed — return to being more than an annual feature. With Halloween mere days away, it’s only appropriate to take a look at one of the Twycross-based developer’s most iconic spook houses: Banjo-Kazooie’s Mad Monster Mansion.

Quite possibly Gruntilda’s home away from home, Mad Monster Mansion plays host to all manner of creatures that go bump in the night. Goblin ghosts, skeletons, bats — talking toilets?

Beyond the mansion on which the world is based, the level features a twisty hedge maze, a haunted cellar, a whipcrack-infested well, an unstable shack, and a church modeled after the Church of Twycross.

Although Mad Monster Mansion is geographically the smallest level in Banjo-Kazooie, it is arguably the most compact. I mean, I’m not calling any of the other levels out for being hollow, but this map takes full advantage of its space.
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