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Lord Malakite
09-15-2002, 04:57 PM
In response to increasing public talk about Rare producing games for other platforms, Nintendo has issued a statement confirming that it is ending its exclusive relationship with Rare. However, Star Fox Adventures, produced by Rare and Nintendo, will remain exclusive to the GameCube and is still set to ship on September 23.
The Nintendo statement explained the reasoning behind the change in the company's relationship with Rare: "Although we're proud of our joint efforts with Rare over the years and have enjoyed our relationship with them, in fiscal year 2001, Rare accounted for only 9.5 percent of total Nintendo software revenue worldwide. In fiscal year 2002, that number declined to 1.5 percent. Therefore, in evaluating our investments in developers, as well as the financial benefits to Nintendo over the years, we've decided it's in Nintendo's best interests to focus on diversifying our portfolio of developers and projects."

Nintendo further confirmed that in addition to the Star Fox exclusivity, "Nintendo's other great franchise characters such as Donkey Kong also will remain exclusive to Nintendo." No mention was made of the rights to Perfect Dark, the franchise started by Rare.

Boba Rhett
09-15-2002, 08:28 PM
I wish I could say I didn't see this coming. :o What's Nintendo doing....

scruffziller
09-26-2002, 02:10 PM
I wanna see a Cube version of Conker!!!!!!!!

tha...tha...tha.....tha.....wee......wee......wee. ...wee......WEASELS!!!
"I GOT THE DOUGH!!!! AND I'M GONNA BLOW!!!!!":D

Boba Rhett
09-26-2002, 04:03 PM
The Cube won't be seeing Conker.

QLD
09-26-2002, 04:29 PM
I don't think it will hurt them that much in the long run. They haven't said they will never make games for Nintendo ever again, just that they won't ONLY do it for Nintendo. I never cared much for the Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong games much, so I think it's just as good if Nintendo handles those games themselves. StarFox 64 was great, but I haven't played the new one yet. But I think again, they are capale of doing just as well as RARE. WHile I have enjoyed many of RARE's games, I don't think this will kill Nintendo. Heck, there are still rumors of Nintendo going third party.

Boba Rhett
09-26-2002, 05:52 PM
Rare is essentially and for all intensive purposes, a, "In-house" Microsoft company now. I doubt we'll see more Nintendo Rare games.

Nexu
09-27-2002, 06:25 AM
They have been bought by Microsoft.

scruffziller
09-27-2002, 01:52 PM
Originally posted by Boba Rhett
The Cube won't be seeing Conker.

DANG!!!!!:frus: :mad:

Lord Malakite
09-27-2002, 11:07 PM
Originally posted by Nexu
They have been bought by Microsoft.
Unfortunately, this is true. :cry:

James Boba Fettfield
09-28-2002, 09:44 AM
I could care less about Rare leaving Nintendo. They made Goldeneye, which was about the only game they created which I enjoyed. Sure they have made other games, like Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel. There are dozens of games like that, which I consider all of them to be inspired by Super Mario 64. Now, for Goldeneye, well Timesplitters 2 by Free Radical has that area covered. Perfect Dark?...That game was nothing but Rare attempting to create another Goldeneye, which they failed at doing, but the multiplayer was good. Now, Rare will not retain rights to Donkey Kong or any of the Kong family and cast for that matter. So, what does Rare bring Microsoft that should have fans of Gamecube scared? They bring Perfect Dark and the copy platformers of Conker and Banjo Kazooie. Wow, one game whose fun factor was trying to reach new levels of dirty humor and the other which was a replacement of two animals for Mario. Do not worry Nintendo fans, the GameCube will survive. Rare is not the powerhouse we all used to believe it was. It may have been back in the Goldeneye days, but many key members of that development team are at Free Radical. So, as I said before, Rare is gone, but does it really affect Nintendo owners that much?

Lord Malakite
09-28-2002, 09:52 AM
Personally, I liked Perfect Dark and Conker's Bad Fur Day.

James Boba Fettfield
09-28-2002, 10:38 AM
Maybe you did, but those games cannot be anything for fans to fear. Besides, it is Rare. They are a company like any other company. They have hits (Goldeneye) and misses (Jet Force Gemini). I just wish I could see the reasoning behind people thinking this is the end of Nintendo as a console as we know it. Nintendo survived without Square, which they now have developing a game for GBA and 'Cube. Just wait, there are plenty of Nintendo only games that will counter anything Rare may produce for Microsoft.

QLD
09-28-2002, 11:07 AM
I have to agree with most of everything that JBF said.

Though I too thoroughly enjoyed Perfect Dark and Conker (not so much Banjo), it's far from the sign of the apocalyse. I think Nintendo will be just fine.