In a recent interview with IGN, Xbox Co-Creator and Former Microsoft Games Studios boss, Ed Fries, mentioned that prior to Microsoft’s acquisition of Rare Studios in 2002, Nintendo actually had the chance the purchase the development company but passed on the opportunity.
According to the interview, Nintendo was apparently in some form of agreement with Rare which granted Nintendo half of the development studio. Towards the end of the studio’s agreement with Nintendo, rather than purchasing the other half of Rare, Nintendo decided not to bid on the studio and passed.
After passing on the acquisition, Microsoft, along with video game developer and publisher, Activision, began bidding on the studio. As the bidding war progressed, Activision outbid Microsoft for a brief moment but was eventually countered and lost.
Rare would then, and to this day, continue to work for Microsoft on a variety of titles such as Viva Piñata and Kameo. After moving into motion based technology with Microsoft’s Kinect, Rare would later dive into their latest project, Sea of Thieves, which aims to release some time in 2017.
So, what are your thoughts on Nintendo passing on Rare? Do you think we could have seen another Banjo or Diddy Kong Racing title on Wii or Wii U? Or, do you think Microsoft’s acquisition of Rare was for the best? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. And for more on Nintendo, you’re already in the right spot, VG Newswire.