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Donkey Kong Country 4: Here Comes [REDACTED PUN]!

You heard it here first! Don’t say you didn’t. You DID.

Yes! It turns out that Donkey Kong Country 4 was indeed originally planned! Or, at least, proposed! Or, at least, probably proposed! For Nintendo DS, no less! Hey, it’s better than nothing. OR IS IT?

Yes. Yes it is. This ain’t no lame-ass internet rumour that I’ve made up myself (which I’m not above doing), it is, in the greatest sense of the word, legit. According to anonymous remarks made anonymously by an anonymous man through the anonymous medium of the internet, Donkey Kong Country 4 was a genuinely credible prospect for an albeit very brief moment in the mid-2000s.


Of course, anonymity on the internet is rarely a safe bet, and sure enough the DK Vine Detective Squad has already set out on the trail of this mysterious commentator. After all, following the recent shutdown of the “I used to work at Rare, Ltd.” Facebook group, we’re bored. Where did he come from? Who is he? What is he?

Regular readers will recognise TransparentJinjo’s YouTube channel–your number one source for behind-the-scenes footage of questionable legality–from previous updates (such as, say, the one immediately preceding this one) and that’s where we begin! The alleged video (containing some curious-in-its-own-right Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge deleted scenes) was commented upon by a user by the name of “StAmP0Rz”. Here’s what Senor StAmP0Rz had to say:


StAmP0Rz! StAmP0Rz! We got StAmP0Rz here!

Holy ass-lickin’ Christ! Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Other Revenge DS! Holy semen-stained Jehovah! Donkey Kong Country 4! Hey, who cares if it’s an anonymous comment by an anonymous man made anonymously via the anonymous medium of the internet!! StAmP0Rz, I want you.

We at the DK Vine Detective Squad did what anyone would do. We used INCREDIBLY OBSCURE Internet tools and confirmed that this guy is, indeed, the Real Deal. Hello, StAmP0Rz-based-in-the-midlands-of-the-UK-not-at-all-far-from-Rare-HQ! I can see you!


It didn’t take much further research to find the formerly-anonymous gentleman to in fact be Rare founder, Mr. Tim Stamper of Birmingham, West Midlands, B46. Naturally, we are now sat in the DK Vine Unmarked White Van, parked outside of his house, filming his family.

We now await word from the DK Vine Helicopter Observation Team and from Space Station DK Vine, from which we monitor any and all communications made by Mr. Stamper. Rest assured, Operation: Stamped Out is GO!

So how about that Donkey Kong Country 4, huh?

EDIT BY CHAD: A few hours after publication, we were approached by another ex-Rare staffer and informed that Rare can be "vindictive" in their persecution of former employees that spill beans... apparently especially about games that were never made, and especially when posted in the comment section on videos for games that had mangled publication by THQ and were thus horribly underplayed.

Our site is loyal first to the brilliant individuals who created our beloved games, then to dated sitcom references, then to basic human rights, then probably to what remains of Rare Ltd. We would never want to harm the career of anybody who had a hand in any of these games. It's sad that it's even a possibility, but we suppose it's just the way things work today, with so many secrets to keep. You never know, the Carrot Suit Man from Kinect Sports could have originally been Fulgore and Orchid's son from Killer Instinct 3.

Moving forward, any information we pick up from an Ex-Rare-Staffer that we can confirm as legitimate will be attributed to Tim Stamper. We're classy that way.

Source: TransparentJinjo's Freezing Fjord Video
Filed Under: B-K: Grunty's Revenge
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 Slush 10/08/2011, 11:30:08 PMPost #83
  Yeah, no matter what the case, we really do appreciate these whistle blowers coming forward and giving up a glimpse of what we on the outside would never have a chance to see. Anything we can do to make them feel more comfortable in doing so, well, it would be a pleasure. 
 NoName999 10/09/2011, 01:11:49 AMPost #84
  So how long until inevitable gameplay of GCN Banjo Threeie is leaked by "Rareleaks"? tongue.gif 
 DKrocks 10/11/2011, 06:15:08 AMPost #85
  The 2001 build looks more interesting then the 2003 build. Though it looks alot less fun to play then the 2003 build.