Rare Replay Selling Better Than Expected, But More Compilation Packs Unlikely

Plus, Aaron Greenberg says Gears of War Ultimate Edition sold ahead of plan, too.

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In a new interview, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg reveals that Xbox One games Rare Replay and Gears of War Ultimate Edition have beaten Microsoft's initial sales targets. In the case of Rare Replay, which includes 30 games from the esteemed UK developer's history like Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark, Greenberg said he expects the title to enjoy a long sales tail into this holiday and beyond.

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"It did really well. It's ahead of our forecast," Greenberg said in an interview with Kinda Funny Games. "We actually, even the first week at retail, we were sold out, so we had to restock. It's not usually a problem you have where games are stocked out at retail anymore; it used to be that way. So that kind of surprised us. It's doing really well both in physical and digital."

Asked if Microsoft would consider releasing other compilation packs, Greenberg said fans shouldn't hold their breath. Rare Replay was a unique scenario.

"As far as other compilations, I would say this is pretty unique," Greenberg explained. "So we're not now going to go run off and create six other things. This was something special for Rare. And I think it will be a product that I think will do really well long term as kind of an evergreen product."

Greenberg added that he doesn't expect physical copies of Rare Replay will be traded in very much because the game represents something of a piece of history.

Also in the interview, Greenberg said that the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, a remastered version of the 2006 original Xbox 360 title released this summer on Xbox One, sold "well ahead of plan." For both Rare Replay and Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Greenberg did not share specific sales figures.

Rare Replay and Gears of War Ultimate Edition are also featured in Xbox One holiday bundles, meaning their sales are likely to increase further later this year. For more, check out GameSpot's reviews of Rare Replay and Gears of War Ultimate Edition.

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"We USED to see stores sell out"

So... stores are selling out, like they USED TO, of a game that features games like they USED TO be made?

Is there something to learn from that?

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My guess is that while sales may have been good, they probably have analyzed metrics on XBL to see how much time has actually been spent *playing* the game. And my guess is the actual played time is very low. Looking at it that way, they probably said to themselves, "If we tried this again, people would realize they didn't play the first one very much...therefore, it probably wouldn't sell as well".

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@otterbee: Nah. THey were well aware from the get-go that most of the attention games like Solar Jetman would get, would be a
"look-in audience". It's just seeing what is to see. But games like Banjo and Battletoads will see a LOT of play. There's a reason those games see a lot of play via emulation. Some gamers never, ever moved on from that era.

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I still wish they would put this collection on PC. The XBOne has essentially the exact same architecture as a standard PC, and since Windows IS Microsoft, I see no reason why they wouldn't do that. They constantly say they want to really actively support PC gaming...and then they never actually seem to frickin DO anything about it.

Excuse me, my Windows 10 computer has the Xbox app on it. I guess that's as far as they go. It also won't recognize achievements for games not bought through the Windows store either despite the fact that Steam and GOG are where most PC gamers would get their games. Whatever. Microsoft is frickin goofy.

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"Greenberg added that he doesn't expect physical copies of Rare Replay will be traded in very much because the game represents something of a piece of history."

And it's trade in value is probably tiny :).

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Sales numbers though? Not surprised its selling well, 30 games for $30 is a freaking steal. But tell us the numbers so we at least have a better grasp.

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well there isnt much more they can add really. not like they can add the original Donkey Kong Country Trilogy or Donkey Kong 64. they will probably add left over games as DLC though.

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If they had released it on Windows 10, they would have made a ton of money, but I guess their silly little console is more important. You know, last time Microsoft was bragging about 100 million people having Windows 10. Guess money is bad to them.

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Hopefully we see some omissions from Rare Replay added in later either as content updates or DLC (Wizards & Warriors in particular)!

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What?! Shouldn't this be an incentive for you guys to do more of these compilations for classic games that fans miss? I mean these are pretty dope.

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Goldeneye or GTFO

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@illage2: goldeneye is not owned by rare gtfo

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@hahamanin: The game code is, but the Bond license is not. Nintendo may have a stake in the IP as well since they were pretty much the ones who soured it coming to Live from what I recall.

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All I need is some DLC for Rare Replay.

Please, please give me Conker: Live & Reloaded in 1080/60.

OT: No surprise this did well. 30 amazing Rare games for 30 dollars is an incredible deal.

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@R4gn4r0k: And uncensor it.

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@homestar99: Sure, why not. Add an option in the menu to censor or uncensor swear words.

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So PC version please?

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@aiat_gamer: Well, Rare now belongs to M$, so it ain't impossible, but, I believe M$ will prefer to support the Xbone than the PC, since Xbone sales are lower than the PS4.

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@Sohereiam: I don`t think this is such a big system seller, no one is buying X1 for this!

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@aiat_gamer: Lol, I did. I bought a 360 to play Rare games.

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Since software sales are very poor on the xbox then any sale would be better than expected.

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@yukushi: Software sales are actually better every month compared to last year. Seriously, you're becoming the next xbhonner or SonyOnly4.

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@yukushi: i was waiting for some yahoo to say something like that.

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@yukushi: ..... good one......

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Cool, now what about a patch to fix the frame rate and bring modern controls to conker? or maybe add live & reloaded in 60fps?

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Good stuff.

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What can I say, I'm still enjoying Rare Replay as we speak. 30 games for $30 dollars is a steal and there are some Rare games I never play anyways, so this was a great purchase Xbox One exclusive. Still trying to beat Jet Force Gemini but the controls are clunky as hell. Plus Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was alright, nothing special to brag about it.

Please, please, please Rare, bring Goldeneye to Rare Replay for your next DLC. [Wishful thinking you guys]

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@davillain-: Sadly Activision is the one with the rights of Golden Eye now.

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@Sohereiam: Well, the rights for Bond. The actual original game is still partially owned by Nintendo on top of that.

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I have both and love them.

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I've yet to buy it... I'm not sure I want my memories of games I played as a kid ruined by seeing how the games play now.

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@TTDog: I'm not gonna get it, though it certainly seems good value. I'm of the same opinion though - a few years ago I downloaded a demo of Defender for the 360 from Xbox Arcade, because I used to love Defender (probably well before your time), and after about 5 minutes I thought "Wow! This is rubbish!" and uninstalled it again.

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@TTDog: It's still $30 dollars. Depending if you're the type of person who loves to play Retro gaming, well this is it for you.

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I just got both of those games from my XB1 bundle that arrived yesterday!

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Well of course it did well, it's an amazing collection.

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