Some years ago during the Nintendo 64 era, Rare was one of
Nintendo’s top studios, with titles like
Banjo-Kazooie,
Conker’s Bad Fur Day, GoldenEye 007
, and many others. According to former
staffer and Nyamyam co-founder Phil Tossell, because of this success “Nintendo
were often quite envious of us.

Speaking with RetroGamer, Tossell explained he believed that
Nintendo thought Rare’s games were superior to their own games in the artistic
and technical aspects. He also discussed a rumor in which the textures for
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were
recreated after seeing Rare’s work on
Banjo-Kazooie.

“No, we never had the Zelda engine or any code they did. We
did see an early version of Zelda and that was a big influence on Dinosaur
Planet, though. Nintendo were often quite envious of us. I got the feeling they
thought our games were technically and artistically superior to theirs.
Miyamoto would visit regularly and I heard a rumor they redid all of the
textures on Zelda after they’d seen our work on Banjo-Kazooie because our game
looked better.”
— Phil
Tossell

So do you think there is any truth in what Tossell has to say? Let us know below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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