Rumor: Nintendo To Buy Rare?

According to a rumor, Nintendo is attempting to negotiate its way into ownership of Banjo and Kazooie. The writer who started this rumor got an anonymous tip that said “Nintendo is in direct negotiations with Microsoft to buy rare, though the purpose of buying them seems to be all based around getting the rights to Banjo and Kazooie.”

The rumor also suggests that Retro Studios, developer of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid Prime, are deep into development on a Banjo-Kazooie title and that the talks with Microsoft have been ongoing for some time.

What do you think? Is a new Banjo-Kazooie game made by Nintendo a bad idea or is the Banjo-Kazooie IP better left in the hands of Rare? Go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Personally, I think it’s great how games like Banjo-Kazooie and Killer Instinct have been the subject of rumors lately because it tells me people want something new out of Rare’s games, even after Rare’s attempt of being Microsoft’s “family friendly” developer.

Source: ZeldaInformer

21 thoughts on “Rumor: Nintendo To Buy Rare?

  1. I hope so! Maybe they can actually make Banjo Threeie which they PROMISED IN BANJO TOOIE! (Technically they did, but I want a REAL banjo game and not a huge ridiculous change to the series) There were tons of changes done to Banjo Tooie but they were definitely for the better. If Nintendo can buy RARE or get their hands on Banjo Kazooie titles, maybe we can start to see an improved comeback to the series! And I DON'T mean Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts 2

  2. I hope Rare will go back to Nintendo. Back in 2002, Rare got sold to Microsoft thus cancelling Donkey Kong Racing and Banjo Threeie for the Gamecube. With Rare at Microsoft, Rare has been going downhill. Rare being with Microsoft only made mediocre video games such as Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, Viva Pinata, and of course, Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts. Then Rare realized it's going downhill, but instead of going back to Nintendo, Rare just worked on games for Kinect, and of course, Rare still failed. Just please I am begging you Rare, go back with Nintendo. If you do go back with Nintendo, you won't be hearing anymore people begging you to go back with Nintendo and you will gain new fans. Also, while you're at Nintendo, please make a new Banjo game on the Wii U that doesn't involve in vehicle based platforming, and make a sequel to Conker's Bad Fur Day on the Wii U. I know this review may sound biased, but I just want Rare to go back with Nintendo.

  3. Since this is an anonymous source, I don't buy it for a second.

    ….BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, if it WERE true, I think it'd be awesome. After all, Microsoft is doing NOTHING with Rare, aside from having them help out with their family-friendly games like Kinect Sports and stuff, and I think Nintendo, who originally OWNED Rare, would put Rare to better use. Not to mention, Banjo and Kazooie were really some perfect Nintendo mascots that could have been great for Nintendo if Tim and Chris Stamper didn't sell their 50% share of Rare to Microsoft, forcing Nintendo to sell their 50% share to their competitor (the Stamper brothers, I've heard, have since left Rare, apparently to sit on their huge pile of money made out of the deal).

    There are Rare's other franchises like Killer Instinct and Battletoads that Microsoft isn't utilizing at all that might see the light of day if Rare goes back to Nintendo, but again, I'm not holding my breath.

    Anyway, since this is apparently the first time I posted on this topic, I'll just say that I love Banjo-Kazooie, and Klungo and Mumbo are my favorite characters.

  4. Aww come on! Rare is not supposed to be "Microsoft's family friendly" developer, it's supposed to be the "Nintendo's Awesomegameplayandhiddendirtyjokes" developer

  5. Spot on Anonymous! Plus Nintendo is more family friendly than Nintendo, Microsoft is just abit more mainstream in doing things than Nintendo. Banjo Threeie (Banjo 3dreeieeie, or just Banjo 3Dee) Should be made by retro studios, Rareware, and Nintendo. I would also like the see the old rareware logo from the 90s back. But if this is true that a new BK will be great. A Legacy LEADS ONN!!!!! THIS…IS…BK!!!!!

  6. The Banjo Kazooie/Tooie N64 series were beyond perfection that even perfection was jealous of BK. Alright, I know i'm being silly 😀

  7. I hope in the beginning of banjo threeie would be a cut scene from nuts & bolts then banjo would wake up and say he has had a very bad dream
    That would clean the mess up!

  8. As President I would have to say: Tooty should be a playable character in Banjo Threeie. Uh, Tooty's main move should be the jump diddy kong from Donkey Kony 64 performs.Gruntilda should be teaming up with piddles as mecha grunty and wouldn't be cool if there was a section where you could view ThumpsUpMaster's and other fan-made videos in the game menu? Just my thought on how at least how i would like the uh, first part of the game to be like. Thank you for listening my fellow people

  9. Rare is an empty shell of what it used to be. Most of the great developers have left and they don't care about their fan base. Buy Banjo Kazooie and all the RareWare franchises, but don't let new-school Rare anywhere near it.

  10. I would love for this to be true, although Rare at the moment isn't doing anything useful with their franchises, I think Nintendo would give them the chance. Nintendo wouldn't have made Rare make the abomination of "Nut & Bolts". Since Microsoft hasvbeen in the videogames industry, I can say, it gas ruined it. It's only thinking aboutvthe money, not the game.

  11. I hope that all these forums about Rare going back to Nintendo are seen by Rare and Nintendo then it could become more of a possibility of Nintendo buying Rare and them making banjo-threeie and more great games

  12. It would be great if rare & nintendo got back they made awsome games now with microsoft there making crappy games I hope they go back 🙂

  13. We tried our best to create Banjo-Threeie, but due to Microsoft wanting money for the Xbox. We couldn't make it in time. We were able to make hand-held games labled as Microsoft on Nintendo consoles. Maybe you'll see Banjo-Threeie on 3DS.

  14. Well i loved conkers bad fur day on the nintendo 64 but rare is still a good game devolper especialy killer instinct

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