The former creative director of Rare, Gregg Mayles, recently released some photographs on Twitter documenting unused material from Donkey Kong Country. The photos revealed unused characters, ideas for locked up animal characters, and an unreleased level plan.

A popular theory that has been proposed and debated by many fans states that Pokémon Red and Blue take place shortly after a massive and devastating war. Pokémon war theories point to the culture's obsession with training and combat, a perceived shortage of young and middle-aged adults in the land, weak infrastructure, and a single mention of a recent war by Gym Leader Lieutenant Surge.

PBS Digital Studios' "Idea Channel" on YouTube recently tackled this theory, offering a few different perspectives on why people believe this (as well as why people would want to believe it), while also offering counter arguments and explaining why some of the "evidence" used doesn't really work. Click below to check the video out, and let us know what you think of the theory.

If some of your favorite Game Boy classics haven't been released on Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U eShops yet, you probably shouldn't hold your breath. Publisher Natsume was asked about the chances of their game Tail 'Gator releasing on 3DS Virtual Console, and they replied by stating that Nintendo has moved on from Game Boy games on Virtual Console. Natsume later clarified that they can only confirm that this is true of their games, but Nintendo's support of Game Boy games on Virtual Console has been lacking for quite some time now, so this may be a universal decision.

In 1987, Hideo Kojima introduced us to Metal Gear, the progenitor of the stealth game genre and our first introduction to Big Boss. After Metal Gear Solid V's ending, many fans wondered if Konami's next Metal Gear game would be a remake of the original. One fan has taken it upon himself to do just that. Boker, the fan behind the project, is working to remake the original Metal Gear in Unreal Engine 4 and blend the story of the original game with the isometric camera angles of Metal Gear Solid.

Check out the screenshots and trailer after the jump!

Unseen64 has uncovered yet another unreleased game, this time in the popular Banjo-Kazooie series. Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, released for Game Boy Advance in 2003, drew much of its inspiration from a cancelled Game Boy Color game called Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Curse, but there were some big differences.

Instead of traveling back in time to prevent Banjo and Kazooie from meeting, Grunty turns Kazooie into an evil, blue monster version of herself and carries her around in a backpack. Grunty's Curse was planned to have eight levels, and five of them were renamed and re-purposed in Grunty's Revenge, while two others were merged together. It was also planned to feature some of the transformations from the main series games, as well as some funny "useless transformations" like Toaster Banjo and Milking Machine Banjo. You can check out Unseen64's video breakdown of everything we know about the game by clicking below!

An unreleased Nintendo 64 game has just sold for $3,000 on eBay, and the buyer has uploaded some new footage from the game. Viewpoint 2064 was only ever showcased at Space World in 1999, but the developer, Sammy Corporation, had a lot of development issues with the game, so they decided to cancel it. We haven't really seen the game since, but the buyer of the prototype has brought quite a bit of attention to it.

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Minecraft engineer Magib1 has been building a working version of Pokémon Red in Minecraft's creative mode, using a Game Boy powered by redstone and command blocks. The build, which has been going since late July of this year, already has a working Pokédex and rudimentary collision detection.

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Nintendo opened Smash Bros. character suggestions to the public some time ago, and shortly thereafter Phil Spencer tweeted a bombshell that made Banjo-Kazooie fans nearly wet their pants in delight: he agreed that it "would be cool" if the characters joined Smash, and they have "no issues" working with Nintendo on Rare IP.

While other Nintendo favorites like King K. Rool, Isaac, or the Inklings could join the Smash roster whenever Nintendo likes, Banjo and Kazooie are now owned by Microsoft, one of Nintendo's competitors in the console market, and published exclusively on Xbox consoles. But this could be Nintendo fans' one true hope of seeing their beloved animal friends back home with Nintendo.

A few days ago Rare surprised us by releasing never before seen footage of Conker Gettin' Medieval, but they're not done surprising us yet! Today the Rare YouTube page uploaded never before seen footage of Twelve Tales: Conker 64, showing us that the Nintendo 64 game that would eventually become Conker's Bad Fur Day started out very differently.

Originally, Rare had envisioned Conker as starring in an "interactive cartoon" with a host of lovable characters. Conker and Berry were planned to be playable, exploring a prehistoric jungle, a gladiatorial arena, a cowboy frontier, and more. Unfortunately, this project went into "hibernation," and when it resurfaced a few years later, Rare determined that they needed to take a new angle in order to compete with other 3D platformers. As such, Twelve Tales was reborn as the adult-themed Conker's Bad Fur Day. You can check out the video by clicking below!

Banjo and Kazooie have become something of a green light for the gaming community, particularly among Nintendo fans, and gamers are dying for the characters to return to their former glory. What better way, then, than to join the likes of Mega Man, Duck Hunt, and other gaming legends who have been wonderfully revived in Super Smash Bros.? In fact, the lovable duo was a big talking point during this week's episode of Nintendo Week, where we discussed movesets for two of our most-wanted newcomers for the future of Smash Bros.

The combat in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie is such a beautiful fit, it feels almost like these characters were made to join Smash. Check out the discussion video above for some ideas for how they should play, footage of potential moves, and why they'd be such a fun addition to the cast! Or, if you're pressed for time, you can keep reading for a watered-down (and much less fun) version below.