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{{quote|We've been making golden memories and redefining gaming genres since 1985, and that's not about to change. Everything we do is true to our goals of pursuing new experiences and putting players first. Still ahead of the game after three decades of evolution, there's no other studio in the world quite like Rare.|Rare<ref>[http://www.rare.co.uk/#?about "Rare Ltd. - Creators of Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves"]. Rare Ltd. - Creators of Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves. Retrieved 17 July, 2015.</ref>}}
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{{quote|We've been making golden memories and redefining gaming genres since 1985, and that's not about to change. Everything we do is true to our goals of pursuing new experiences and putting players first. Still ahead of the game after three decades of evolution, there's no other studio in the world quite like Rare.|Rare<ref>[http://www.rare.co.uk/#?about "Rare Ltd. - Creators of Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves"]. Rare Ltd. - Creators of Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves. Retrieved July 17, 2015.</ref>}}
 
'''Rare Ltd.''', often known as '''Rare''' and formerly by their trade name '''Rareware''', is a British video game development company. They have developed many video games, many of which were on [[Nintendo]] consoles. Since 2002, the entire company is owned by [[Microsoft]] and has since had their games on [[Xbox]] console. Rare has two studios: one in Twycross, in Leicestershire, England and one in Digbeth, in Birmingham, England. It was founded in 1985, as the successor company to [[Ultimate Play the Game]].
 
'''Rare Ltd.''', often known as '''Rare''' and formerly by their trade name '''Rareware''', is a British video game development company. They have developed many video games, many of which were on [[Nintendo]] consoles. Since 2002, the entire company is owned by [[Microsoft]] and has since had their games on [[Xbox]] console. Rare has two studios: one in Twycross, in Leicestershire, England and one in Digbeth, in Birmingham, England. It was founded in 1985, as the successor company to [[Ultimate Play the Game]].
  
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Rare evolved from Ultimate Play the Game, a company which mainly designed games for the [[ZX Spectrum]], such as ''[[Jetpac]]'' and ''[[Sabre Wulf (1984 video game)|Sabre Wulf]]'', and would become the biggest UK-based video game development companies. The ZX Spectrum was only popular in the UK, and at the time had a large problem with piracy of home computer software. Believing they hit a dead end, the Stamper brothers sought another console to create games on.<ref name=raregamer>[http://www.raregamer.co.uk/?games=behind-the-scenes-at-rare-killer-instinct-gold-interview "Behind The Scenes At Rare: Killer Instinct Gold Interview"]. RareGamer</ref>
 
Rare evolved from Ultimate Play the Game, a company which mainly designed games for the [[ZX Spectrum]], such as ''[[Jetpac]]'' and ''[[Sabre Wulf (1984 video game)|Sabre Wulf]]'', and would become the biggest UK-based video game development companies. The ZX Spectrum was only popular in the UK, and at the time had a large problem with piracy of home computer software. Believing they hit a dead end, the Stamper brothers sought another console to create games on.<ref name=raregamer>[http://www.raregamer.co.uk/?games=behind-the-scenes-at-rare-killer-instinct-gold-interview "Behind The Scenes At Rare: Killer Instinct Gold Interview"]. RareGamer</ref>
  
In 1984, Tim and Chris Stamper got their first look at a Japanese home console, the {{wp|Famicom}}. Because the Famicom was more advanced than the ZX Spectrum, the Stamper brothers saw potential in the console. In 1985, the brothers formed a subdivision of Ultimate Play the Game, called Rare, which was dedicated reverse-engineering the Famicom. With successful results and with the help of [[Joel Hochberg]], the Stamper brothers were arranged to meet Nintendo executive Minoru Arakawa in Kyoto, Japan.<ref name=antiquarian>Maher, Jimmy. 14 January, 2014. "[https://www.filfre.net/2014/01/the-legend-of-ultimate-play-the-game/ The Legend of Ultimate Play the Game]". The Digital Antiquarian.</ref> During the meeting, the Stamper brothers presented a few software demos to [[Nintendo]]. At the time, Nintendo had a quality-control measure that restricted its third-party developers to the number of games that they could produce for the Famicom, or the [[Nintendo Entertainment System]], in a given year. Nintendo was impressed with Rare's results and granted them a license to release as many games as they wanted.<ref name=ign>McLaughlin, Rus. 28 July, 2008. [http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/07/28/ign-presents-the-history-of-rare "IGN Presents the History of Rare"]. IGN. Retrieved 17 July, 2015.</ref> To help fund Rare, the Stamper brothers sold off Ultimate Play the Game to [[U.S. Gold]].<ref name=antiquarian/>
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In 1984, Tim and Chris Stamper got their first look at a Japanese home console, the {{wp|Famicom}}. Because the Famicom was more advanced than the ZX Spectrum, the Stamper brothers saw potential in the console. In 1985, the brothers formed a subdivision of Ultimate Play the Game, called Rare, which was dedicated reverse-engineering the Famicom. With successful results and with the help of [[Joel Hochberg]], the Stamper brothers were arranged to meet Nintendo executive Minoru Arakawa in Kyoto, Japan.<ref name=antiquarian>Maher, Jimmy. January 14, 2014. "[https://www.filfre.net/2014/01/the-legend-of-ultimate-play-the-game/ The Legend of Ultimate Play the Game]". The Digital Antiquarian.</ref> During the meeting, the Stamper brothers presented a few software demos to [[Nintendo]]. At the time, Nintendo had a quality-control measure that restricted its third-party developers to the number of games that they could produce for the Famicom, or the [[Nintendo Entertainment System]], in a given year. Nintendo was impressed with Rare's results and granted them a license to release as many games as they wanted.<ref name=ign>McLaughlin, Rus. 28 July, 2008. [http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/07/28/ign-presents-the-history-of-rare "IGN Presents the History of Rare"]. IGN. Retrieved July 17, 2015.</ref> To help fund Rare, the Stamper brothers sold off Ultimate Play the Game to [[U.S. Gold]].<ref name=antiquarian/>
  
Rare would become one of the first companies outside of Japan to develop games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.<ref name=ign/> This led to games such as ''[[Wizards & Warriors]]'', ''[[Battletoads (video game)|Battle Toads]]'', and ''[[R.C. Pro-Am]]''. A long and lucrative partnership was started between Rare and Nintendo, which would fully take root in 1994 with the release of ''[[Donkey Kong Country]]''.
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Rare would become one of the first companies outside of Japan to develop games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.<ref name=ign/> The first project Rare worked on was ''[[Slalom]]'', a downhill skiing game.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20101225180552/http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/215329/25-years-of-rare/ 25 Years of Rare]. GamePro Feature Story (archived).</ref> Rare then worked with various gaming publishers, including [[Tradewest]], [[Acclaim Entertainment]], [[Electronic Arts]], [[Sega]], [[Mindscape]], and [[Gametek]], to produce over 60 games for the Nintendo Entertainment System and several additional [[Game Boy]] conversions. Several of these games were licensed properties, but Rare would also develop some of their own intellectual properties, such as ''[[R.C. Pro-Am]]'', ''[[Snake Rattle 'n' Roll]]'', and the ''[[Battletoads (series)|Battletoads]]'' series. The development of four of Rare's games were outsourced to [[Zippo Games]], including ''[[Wizards & Warriors]]'' and ''[[Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warship]]'', the third game of the ''[[Jetpac (series)|Jetpac]]'' series. Rare eventually bought out the studio, and they were renamed to "Rare Manchester".<ref>[https://archive.is/5xqbB A Short History of Rare]. Bloomberg. Published August 30, 2006 (archive.is).</ref>
  
In 2002, Microsoft bought Rareware. Since then, Rareware has made console games strictly for Microsoft, but also made handheld games for Nintendo, by publishing them through THQ. During the summer of 2010, Rareware opened a new studio in Digbeth, in Birmingham, England.
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When the [[Super Nintendo Entertainment System]] was released, Rare was not immediately ready for the transition. Around the same time, Rare began to limit their releases and focused mainly on creating more ''Battletoads'' ganes. With the profit earned from their NES library, Rare purchased expensive Silicon Graphics workstations to create three-dimensional models while developing games. This move made Rare the most technologically advanced developer in the UK, and situated them high in the international market.<ref name=ign/> With these workstations, Rare's priority was changed to focus on quality games instead of quantity.
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Using the Silicon Graphics workstations, Rare created a boxing game demo and presented it to Nintendo. The Super Nintendo could not render all of the SGI graphics at once, so Rare used the SGI graphics to produce 3D models and graphics, before pre-rendering those graphics onto the Super Nintendo game, a process known as "Advanced Computer Modelling". Nintendo was impressed by Rare and bought a 25% stake in them, which gradually increased to 49%, making Rare a second-party developer for Nintendo.<ref name=ign/> During this period, Rare formed the trademark name "Rareware". Nintendo offered their entire catalogue for Rare to make a game from. Rare decided to create a game named ''[[Donkey Kong Country]]'', which became one of the best-selling Super Nintendo games and rooted the lucrative relationship between Rare and Nintendo.
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Several sequels within the Donkey Kong series were developed, and other projects, such as Project Dream and a James Bond rail shooter, were beginning to take shape and eventually evolved into some of the most iconic games that would be featured on the Nintendo 64.
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In 2002, Microsoft bought Rareware. Since then, Rareware has made console games strictly for Microsoft, but also made handheld games for Nintendo, by publishing them through THQ. In 2010, Rareware opened a studio in Digbeth, in Birmingham, England.
  
 
While working for Microsoft, Rare has also helped create the [[Xbox Live Avatar]]s. They have stated that they are focusing more on Microsoft's new controller-free peripheral, Kinect. Rare's first game to be released for Kinect was [[Kinect Sports]].
 
While working for Microsoft, Rare has also helped create the [[Xbox Live Avatar]]s. They have stated that they are focusing more on Microsoft's new controller-free peripheral, Kinect. Rare's first game to be released for Kinect was [[Kinect Sports]].
  
==Famous Games==
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==Games==
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{{Main|List of games}}
 
*''[[Jetpac]]'' (1983)
 
*''[[Jetpac]]'' (1983)
 
*''[[Sabre Wulf]]'' series (1984)
 
*''[[Sabre Wulf]]'' series (1984)
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*''[[Donkey Kong Country]]'' (1994)
 
*''[[Donkey Kong Country]]'' (1994)
 
*''[[Killer Instinct]]'' (1994)
 
*''[[Killer Instinct]]'' (1994)
*''[[Goldeneye 007]]'' (1997)
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*''[[GoldenEye 007]]'' (1997)
 
*''[[Diddy Kong Racing]]'' (1997)
 
*''[[Diddy Kong Racing]]'' (1997)
 
*''[[Banjo-Kazooie]]'' (1998)
 
*''[[Banjo-Kazooie]]'' (1998)
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*''[[Viva Piñata]]'' (2006)
 
*''[[Viva Piñata]]'' (2006)
  
==Famous Members==
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==Members==
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These are some of the best known members of Rare.
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*'''[[Tim and Chris Stamper]]''': The original founders of the company. They left in January 2007 to pursue "other opportunities".
 
*'''[[Tim and Chris Stamper]]''': The original founders of the company. They left in January 2007 to pursue "other opportunities".
 
*'''[[Grant Kirkhope]]''': Composer for most of Rare's Nintendo 64 games, and also the composer of Rare's most recent games. Possibly most famous for the music of Banjo-Kazooie. He left Rare in July 2008, to work with THQ's studio, Big Huge Games, as audio director.
 
*'''[[Grant Kirkhope]]''': Composer for most of Rare's Nintendo 64 games, and also the composer of Rare's most recent games. Possibly most famous for the music of Banjo-Kazooie. He left Rare in July 2008, to work with THQ's studio, Big Huge Games, as audio director.
 
*'''[[Robin Beanland]]''': Composer for many of Rare's games. He was also the composer for ''[[Conker's Bad Fur Day]]'' (and its remake, ''[[Conker: Live & Reloaded]]'') and co-wrote the script with Chris Seavor.
 
*'''[[Robin Beanland]]''': Composer for many of Rare's games. He was also the composer for ''[[Conker's Bad Fur Day]]'' (and its remake, ''[[Conker: Live & Reloaded]]'') and co-wrote the script with Chris Seavor.
*'''[[Chris Seavor]]''': Originally working as a graphic designer for Rare, he eventually designed Conker's Bad Fur Day. He co-wrote the script with Robin Beanland, and voiced many of the characters, including [[Conker the Squirrel|Conker]]. He also voiced [[Slippy Toad]] and [[Peppy Hare]] in ''[[Star Fox Adventures]]''.
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*'''[[Chris Seavor]]''': Originally working as a graphic designer for Rare, he eventually designed Conker's Bad Fur Day. He co-wrote the script with Robin Beanland, and voiced many of the characters, including [[Conker the Squirrel|Conker]]. He also voiced Slippy Toad and Peppy Hare in ''[[Star Fox Adventures]]''.
 
*'''[[Martin Hollis]]''': Left in 1998 and began working with Nintendo on the GameCube. He eventually formed the company Zoonami.
 
*'''[[Martin Hollis]]''': Left in 1998 and began working with Nintendo on the GameCube. He eventually formed the company Zoonami.
 
*'''[[David Doak]]''': Left after Hollis and helped form Free Radical Design, the company behind the Timesplitters franchise.
 
*'''[[David Doak]]''': Left after Hollis and helped form Free Radical Design, the company behind the Timesplitters franchise.

Revision as of 15:45, 23 March 2020

Rare Ltd.
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Founded 1985
Founders Tim Stamper
Chris Stamper
Headquarters Twycross, England
Parent Microsoft
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"We've been making golden memories and redefining gaming genres since 1985, and that's not about to change. Everything we do is true to our goals of pursuing new experiences and putting players first. Still ahead of the game after three decades of evolution, there's no other studio in the world quite like Rare."
—Rare[1]

Rare Ltd., often known as Rare and formerly by their trade name Rareware, is a British video game development company. They have developed many video games, many of which were on Nintendo consoles. Since 2002, the entire company is owned by Microsoft and has since had their games on Xbox console. Rare has two studios: one in Twycross, in Leicestershire, England and one in Digbeth, in Birmingham, England. It was founded in 1985, as the successor company to Ultimate Play the Game.

History

Rare evolved from Ultimate Play the Game, a company which mainly designed games for the ZX Spectrum, such as Jetpac and Sabre Wulf, and would become the biggest UK-based video game development companies. The ZX Spectrum was only popular in the UK, and at the time had a large problem with piracy of home computer software. Believing they hit a dead end, the Stamper brothers sought another console to create games on.[2]

In 1984, Tim and Chris Stamper got their first look at a Japanese home console, the Famicom. Because the Famicom was more advanced than the ZX Spectrum, the Stamper brothers saw potential in the console. In 1985, the brothers formed a subdivision of Ultimate Play the Game, called Rare, which was dedicated reverse-engineering the Famicom. With successful results and with the help of Joel Hochberg, the Stamper brothers were arranged to meet Nintendo executive Minoru Arakawa in Kyoto, Japan.[3] During the meeting, the Stamper brothers presented a few software demos to Nintendo. At the time, Nintendo had a quality-control measure that restricted its third-party developers to the number of games that they could produce for the Famicom, or the Nintendo Entertainment System, in a given year. Nintendo was impressed with Rare's results and granted them a license to release as many games as they wanted.[4] To help fund Rare, the Stamper brothers sold off Ultimate Play the Game to U.S. Gold.[3]

Rare would become one of the first companies outside of Japan to develop games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.[4] The first project Rare worked on was Slalom, a downhill skiing game.[5] Rare then worked with various gaming publishers, including Tradewest, Acclaim Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Sega, Mindscape, and Gametek, to produce over 60 games for the Nintendo Entertainment System and several additional Game Boy conversions. Several of these games were licensed properties, but Rare would also develop some of their own intellectual properties, such as R.C. Pro-Am, Snake Rattle 'n' Roll, and the Battletoads series. The development of four of Rare's games were outsourced to Zippo Games, including Wizards & Warriors and Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warship, the third game of the Jetpac series. Rare eventually bought out the studio, and they were renamed to "Rare Manchester".[6]

When the Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released, Rare was not immediately ready for the transition. Around the same time, Rare began to limit their releases and focused mainly on creating more Battletoads ganes. With the profit earned from their NES library, Rare purchased expensive Silicon Graphics workstations to create three-dimensional models while developing games. This move made Rare the most technologically advanced developer in the UK, and situated them high in the international market.[4] With these workstations, Rare's priority was changed to focus on quality games instead of quantity.

Using the Silicon Graphics workstations, Rare created a boxing game demo and presented it to Nintendo. The Super Nintendo could not render all of the SGI graphics at once, so Rare used the SGI graphics to produce 3D models and graphics, before pre-rendering those graphics onto the Super Nintendo game, a process known as "Advanced Computer Modelling". Nintendo was impressed by Rare and bought a 25% stake in them, which gradually increased to 49%, making Rare a second-party developer for Nintendo.[4] During this period, Rare formed the trademark name "Rareware". Nintendo offered their entire catalogue for Rare to make a game from. Rare decided to create a game named Donkey Kong Country, which became one of the best-selling Super Nintendo games and rooted the lucrative relationship between Rare and Nintendo.

Several sequels within the Donkey Kong series were developed, and other projects, such as Project Dream and a James Bond rail shooter, were beginning to take shape and eventually evolved into some of the most iconic games that would be featured on the Nintendo 64.

In 2002, Microsoft bought Rareware. Since then, Rareware has made console games strictly for Microsoft, but also made handheld games for Nintendo, by publishing them through THQ. In 2010, Rareware opened a studio in Digbeth, in Birmingham, England.

While working for Microsoft, Rare has also helped create the Xbox Live Avatars. They have stated that they are focusing more on Microsoft's new controller-free peripheral, Kinect. Rare's first game to be released for Kinect was Kinect Sports.

Games

Main article: List of games

Members

These are some of the best known members of Rare.

Gallery

External links

References

Rare Ltd. on other wikis:
  1. "Rare Ltd. - Creators of Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves". Rare Ltd. - Creators of Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  2. "Behind The Scenes At Rare: Killer Instinct Gold Interview". RareGamer
  3. 3.0 3.1 Maher, Jimmy. January 14, 2014. "The Legend of Ultimate Play the Game". The Digital Antiquarian.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 McLaughlin, Rus. 28 July, 2008. "IGN Presents the History of Rare". IGN. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  5. 25 Years of Rare. GamePro Feature Story (archived).
  6. A Short History of Rare. Bloomberg. Published August 30, 2006 (archive.is).