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Rare (video game company)

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Rare Ltd., sometimes referred to as Rareware, is a United Kingdom-based video game development company. It was founded in 1985 by brothers Tim and Chris Stamper. Rare was a second-party developer for the Nintendo gaming platforms for several years, but in 2002 was acquired by Microsoft.

Rare was originally called Ashby Computer Graphics (ACG), though they sometimes released their games under the name Ultimate Play The Game.

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Company overview

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The 'Golden R' Rare Logo as of 2005.

Rare is located in Twycross, England and is the company behind many of the most famous games for Nintendo's various gaming systems: Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country (and its sequels), Killer Instinct, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini, and Star Fox Adventures.

Its games have always employed some of the latest graphics technology. One of its most critically acclaimed and popular series was the Donkey Kong Country set on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, due to its use of pre-rendered 3D graphics on a 2D console. GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 is also considered by many to be their biggest success, known even today as one of the gold standards for console first-person shooters. GoldenEye 007 went on to sell over eight million copies, a feat nearly unheard of in the video game industry. Rareware's Killer Instinct added several features to the fighting game genre such as autodoubles, linkers and ultras.

Key members of the Goldeneye and Perfect Dark development teams left Rare to form Free Radical Design.

In September 2002, the Stamper brothers sold their 51% interest in Rare to Microsoft for the sum of US$375 million; following this, Nintendo sold their 49% stake in the company as well. Because of this, Rare is now a first-party developer for Microsoft's Xbox. The trademarks of the characters from the games that Rare made for Nintendo consoles (such as Conker of Conker's Bad Fur Day) were retained by Rare (apart from IP originally developed by Nintendo, i.e. Donkey Kong and Star Fox). Despite the acquisition, Rare still develops games for Game Boy Advance. Rare has never developed for Sony platforms.

August 2003 brought news that Rare and Microsoft had made a deal with THQ to publish Rare's Game Boy Advance games, which as of December 2004 have included Sabre Wulf, a game based on its Ultimate character, and It's Mr. Pants!, a puzzle game featuring the company's unofficial mascot. January 2005 saw the completion of this deal, with the release of Banjo Pilot.

List of games

This partial list of games developed by Rare uses the following format:

gamename (system(s)) - publisher(s)

Where gamename is the name of the game it developed, system(s) are the computer systems the game was developed for and publisher(s) are the names of the publishers. Any additional notes will be included after the publishers names.

1980s

1983

  • Jetpac (ZX Spectrum, BBC, Vic 20) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Atic Atac (ZX Spectrum) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • PSSST (ZX Spectrum) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Tranz Am (ZX Spectrum) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Cookie (ZX Spectrum) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Lunar Jetman (ZX Spectrum, BBC) - Ultimate Play The Game

1984

1985

  • Alien 8 (ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, BBC, MSX) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Entombed (C64) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Blackwyche (C64) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Nightshade (ZX Spectrum, C64, Amstrad, BBC, MSX) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Pentagram (ZX Spectrum, MSX) - Ultimate Play The Game

1986

  • Outlaws (C64) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Cosmic Battlezones (BBC) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Cyberun (ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, MSX) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Dragonskulle (C64) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Gunfright (ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, MSX) - Ultimate Play The Game
  • Imhotep (C64) - Ultimate Play The Game

1987

1988

1989

1990s

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000s

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

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External links

hu:Rare ja:レア社 sv:Rare

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