Rare Ltd. is a British video game developer located in Twycross, Leicestershire, England. The company was established in 1985 by Ultimate Play the Game founders Tim and Chris Stamper. During its early years, Rare primarily concentrated on Nintendo Entertainment System games, creating successful titles such as Wizards & Warriors and R.C. Pro-Am. In 1994, Rare became a Nintendo second-party developer and achieved great critical acclaim with their subsequent releases, which include Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark and Conker's Bad Fur Day.

In 2002, the company was wholly purchased by Microsoft and has since focused on developing games exclusively for Microsoft video game consoles. Rare since then has developed Kameo: Elements of Power, the Viva Piñata series, and the Kinect Sports series, among others. On January 2, 2007, founders Tim and Chris Stamper left the company to pursue "other opportunities". Rare's current Studio Creative Director is Simon Woodroffe, who previously worked at several studios including Midway Games, Ubisoft, and Sega. [1]

Games Developed By RareEdit

Title(s) Year first released Publisher Regions released Number of players ESRB/ Genre
Jet Force Gemini1999RareJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4T/11+Action/Adventure
Conker's Bad Fur Day2001THQ, RareNA, PAL4 !1–4M/15+Action/Adventure/3D Platformer
Donkey Kong 641999NintendoJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4E/3+Action/Adventure/3D Platformer
GoldenEye 0071997NintendoJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4T/15+Action/Adventure/3D Shooter
Perfect Dark2000RareJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4M/18+Action/Adventure/3D Shooter
Banjo-Kazooie1998NintendoJP, NA, PAL1E/3+Adventure/3D Platformer
Banjo-Tooie2000NintendoJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4E/3+Adventure/3D Platformer
Killer Instinct Gold1996NintendoNA, PAL2 !1–2T/15+Arcade/3D Fighting
Diddy Kong Racing1997NintendoJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4K-A/3+Racing/Adventure/Battle
Mickey's Speedway USA2000NintendoJP, NA, PAL4 !1–4E/3+Racing/Battle
Blast Corps1997NintendoJP, NA, PAL1K-A/3+Strategy/Demolition