Best of ND 2013: Top Ten: Rare Games

Rare made a lot of hits for Nintendo over their time together. Which game reigns supreme?

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/02/2014 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

6) Killer Instinct (Series)

Platforms: SNES, Nintendo 64 (1994, 1996)

Rare’s entry into the fighting game arena was with the much-loved Killer Instinct on SNES. Like the Donkey Kong Country games, Killer Instinct featured incredible pre-rendered graphics that pushed the SNES hardware to places few thought possible. Rather than have players compete in best-of-three matches, Rare opted to give each opponent two health bars. Once both bars had been depleted, the fighter left standing won. Fighting is more akin to Mortal Kombat than Street Fighter, with the focus being on completing ludicrously long combo chains to take down opponents. Rare was fortunate in that it not only created a solid fighting system, but populated it with a great cast of characters, too. Players enjoyed fighting with characters like Jago, Black Orchid, Fulgore, and Glacius, and were popular enough to warrant being in their own comic book! Killer Instinct is definitely in its own niche as a fighting game, but for those who can appreciate its challenging system of combos and combo breaks, it’s an immensely satisfying series.

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