Back in the 1990’s, Nintendo and Rare formed a lucrative relationship that spawned numerous critically acclaimed titles including Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Donkey Kong Country. The relationship came to an end when Nintendo and Rare’s co-founders, Tim and Chris Stamper, sold their stakes and Rare became a property of Microsoft. In an interview with Develop, Rare’s co-founder Tim Stamper wonders why Nintendo never tried to buy out his company.
“I’ve no idea why they didn’t do that, I thought we were a good fit.” — Tim Stamper
While the news that Rare would no longer be partners with Nintendo devastated many fans, Stamper says that change was necessary at the time.
“The price of software development was going up and up with the platforms, and Rare works really well with a partner. We were looking for someone to help broaden our horizons.” — Tim Stamper
While I was also saddened by the news that Rare and Nintendo would no longer be working together, I can understand that Stamper wanted to expand his horizons and create games towards a different demographic. You can read the entire interview with Tim Stamper by clicking here! What do you think of Nintendo’s decision to not buy Rare? Sound off in the comments below!