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Rare Releases All Stars Soundtrack and Five Songs From Battletoads

Rock out to Battletoads or Strum along with Banjo in Rare's recently released 35th Anniversary All-Stars collection.

By Sam Woods

August 7, 2020

For me, Rare is one of my favourite developers of all time, who have created some of my favourite games. The British studio has just turned 35, after forming back in 1985, and has decided to celebrate the milestone with a gift to their fans.

Revealed via a Tweet and subsequent blog post, Rare has just released an awesome 35th-anniversary soundtrack – free for everybody to stream right now. They shared this message:

“Introducing the 35th Anniversary Collection, an album of 35 classic tracks hand-picked from our back catalogue, assembled and uploaded to music streaming services, where instantly recognisable themes from the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and Killer Instinct share the spotlight with deeper cuts from lesser-known gems.”

Rare has such a rich catalogue of games they’ve been able to pull from for this, ranging all the way back to the NES, and the album doesn’t disappoint. Alongside the songs from Banjo-Kazooie and Killer Instinct are tracks from games that include Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Jet Force Gemini, Viva Pinata and Sea of Thieves.

That’s not the only musical treat we got from Rare yesterday either. With the recent announcement that Rare and Dlala Studio’s Battletoads is dropping on August 20, the developers have decided to share with us five tracks from the upcoming game.

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The Battletoads Soundtrack is composed by BAFTA Nominated David Housden (Thomas Was Alone) and contains some seriously rocking music. The five released tracks, which includes the music from the terrifying Turbo Tunnels, comprises of some “mad-shredding” that definitely fits the ’90s cartoon aesthetic they’re gunning for. Even if you have no interest in playing the game, I’d seriously recommend just appreciating these songs.

All of the tracks, from both the 35th Anniversary Collection and Battletoads, are available to stream or purchase right now from Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal and TikTok.

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Sam Woods
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Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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