Rumor: Nintendo Looking to Acquire Rare, Banjo-Kazooie from Microsoft
Few moments have shaken the gaming industry to its core quite like the transition of Rare (formerly known as Rareware) from Nintendo to Microsoft. Following the move, the studio that had once pioneered the Donkey Kong Country franchise began to become more synonymous with such titles as Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Kameo: Elements of Power, and, most recently, Kinect Sports. Though Rare now makes an entirely different breed of video game than they once did, fans continue to clamor for a reunion with Nintendo as a second-party developer. According to a rumor reported by Gameranx, the cries of consumers wishing to relive a time gone by could very well be answered as Nintendo is alleged to be in talks with Microsoft for Rare and one of its most acclaimed series.
The rumor originates from Zelda Informer and claims that Nintendo is looking to acquire Rare for one of its more popular licenses: Banjo-Kazooie. Going even further, the story alleges that Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios has been hard at work on a successor to the story of bear and bird and needs only the proper legal allowance to continue with the title.
Obviously, any rumor, especially one so often brought up as this, must be taken with a grain of salt and we will have to wait for an official word from either side to see if Banjo-Kazooie and Rare are truly headed back to the publisher that originally housed them.