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Nintendo could be taking Rare back

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A rumour -- from an anonymous tipster, so take this one with an extra-large grain of salt -- claims that Nintendo is looking to buy Rare from Microsoft, all toward the goal of reviving the Banjo Kazooie franchise for a new generation of consoles. Of course, they'd get all of Rare's other stellar properties as well.

We, like most '90s gamers, have plenty of fond memories of Rare games on the N64, including Diddy Kong Racing, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Donkey Kong 64 (when we forget how punishing it was), and, of course, Banjo Kazooie. But when Microsoft purchased Rare in 2002, the developer's offerings began going downhill (with the notable exception of Viva Pinata), and they haven't quite been the same since.

Furthermore, the rumour claims that Retro Studios, developers of Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country Returns, have been hard at work for some time on a new Banjo Kazooie title, and that Nintendo's been negotiating with Microsoft for the franchise all along.

Could Nintendo be approaching another golden age, bringing back its best franchises from the days of the N64 for the Wii U?

Source: http://www.complex.com/video-games/2012/07/rumor-has-it-nintendo-is-trying-to-take-back-banjo-kazooie-by-buying-rare

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I kid you not if they can bring back Rare from the deep and release a 3rd, proper Banjo-Kazooie that is on par with Tooie for the Wii U...

...well, lets just say there will be many hotcakes sold. [Derp]
OMG
i hope they do take back rare
then they own donkey kong and they can fix banjo kazooie after it got piled it into the ground and maybe make a new perfect dark game
Imagine if they add Rare characters to the new Smash Bros game. [Derp]

Magmantis said: Imagine if they add Rare characters to the new Smash Bros game.


that would be sick [Derp]


banjo and kazooie and conker [Derp] [Derp] [Derp]


EDIT: this article should be on the wii part not PC -_- [Facepalm]
Why take back Rare when you something even better? Rare 2.0 A.K.A. Retro Studios.

Tsunamo said: Why take back Rare when you something even better? Rare 2.0 A.K.A. Retro Studios.


I guess the rights for their characters back on Nintendo.

Tsunamo said: Why take back Rare when you something even better? Rare 2.0 A.K.A. Retro Studios.


IPs.
And Retro is nowhere near what Rare was. Retro produces quality games, sure. But they only have 2 a generation, and they only use established IPs.
Rare was a monster back in the day.

Anyway, I really, really doubt this is true.

Blob said:Rare was a monster back in the day.

Keyword here being back in the day :P

Nintendo is looking to buy Rare from Nintendo

[MOG]
I hope its true.. i know its just for banjo but the possibilities of sequels and capturing the essence of the SNES years with DKC sequels and Killer Instinct would make me very happy [MOG] *_*
*_*

Magmantis said: Imagine if they add Rare characters to the new Smash Bros game.




I might actually play the game then :P
I hope if they get it back they and make some more great games!

Also i think you forgot the Most important Rare game: Goldeneye 64
Microsoft will never let this happen.
It would be good for everyone but Microsoft, Nintendo and Rare would be much happier. Balls in Microsoft's court.
Rare is not anywhere near the company it was. Most of the key people have left.

Trying to buy the rights to just Banjo Kazooie makes more sense. Although, Nintendo would probably be happy with Conker as well.
Oh my god, hope to god Rare comes back to Nintendo.

Ben said: Rare is not anywhere near the company it was. Most of the key people have left.
Trying to buy the rights to just Banjo Kazooie makes more sense. Although, Nintendo would probably be happy with Conker as well.


To buy the rights from Rare or Microsoft? I don't know much about this.
Microsoft needs Rare for more Kinect Sports. This will never happen.

Besides Rare isn't as good as it was 10-15 years ago. They've lost a lot of staff and made some pretty bad games..... *cough* Perfect Dark Zero *cough*

Matteh said:

Ben said: Rare is not anywhere near the company it was. Most of the key people have left.
Trying to buy the rights to just Banjo Kazooie makes more sense. Although, Nintendo would probably be happy with Conker as well.


To buy the rights from Rare or Microsoft? I don't know much about this.



Same thing. Microsoft own Rare.
Microsoft dropped the ball with Rare if they were serious about utilising Rare to the best of it's ability we would've seen a proper Conker, Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong & Killer Instinct on the 360.

Hell I would've actually used my 360 more if they made successful reboots of those IP's.

I'd be all for Nintendo getting Rare back even if it is just to get more characters for SSB.
IF this is true I would lose my shit! Having RARE return to Nintendo would be a golden move by the Big N.
Would be good to see them return to the glory but like Ben said, all the key players have moved on, but if they take a good whack at it who knows what they could come up with.
Would that see Goldeneye 64 finally be released as a VC title?
Hopefully not. I went back and played Goldeneye a few years ago on the N64 and it totally killed all the good memories I had.

Heller said: Hopefully not. I went back and played Goldeneye a few years ago on the N64 and it totally killed all the good memories I had.



Single-player is still okay.

That said, never say it again to preserve your memories.
Rare is crap now, and why would anyone in their right mind buy Banjo Kazooie; a DEAD franchise?

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F*** YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i can understand wanting the banjo rights but god just buy the rights not the shell of the company with it
Come on, we need a true sequal to Banjo Tooie!
Also Banjo and Kazooie's names need to be cleansed of the disgrace of Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts X_X
OMG. PLEASE THIS CAN BE MY CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAY!

It would be a valuble asset for them, no doubt!

Banjo and conker and A SEQUEL TO DONKEY KONG 64!

*throws 1000 pennies in a fountain and wishes for it to be true*
Moving console won't make their current games any better... Just saying :P

Kurogane said: Rare is crap now, and why would anyone in their right mind buy Banjo Kazooie; a DEAD franchise?
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Suck my nuts... and bolts

ND88ct said: Moving console won't make their current games any better... Just saying



I think they are trying to acquire the rights more than the current RARE team, they suck arse.
Best thing to happen to gaming in the last 5 years.
Well I don't think it was mentioned, but I'd love a new Jet Force Gemini game for the 3DS or WiiU myself. Rare was a household name for Nintendo as some have said "back in the day." It belongs in the halls of Nintendo Castle my friends. Retro Studios is great. Rare under Nintendo influence is great. I'd vote to have two great things.
i can't believe i only just saw this. if nintendo take back Rare.. wow =D the best franchises will be back baby.

PS: nuts and bolts is awesome. different, but on its own merits, awesome!
New conker please now!!!!!!!!
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LIES!

I think it's good that companies are bringing back older games. It's a comforting thought for fans of those games... :)

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