Rare co-founder Tim Stamper has revealed in a recent interview that he has no idea why Nintendo didn’t decide to purchase Rare when the time came to it. Stamper says he thought the studio was a really good fit for the company and says he was surprised when the company decided against fully acquiring the studio. As we all know Microsoft was the company that purchased the studio behind hits such as Perfect Dark and Banjo Kazooie. They purchased Rare for $375m in 2002. Stamper says that they liked Microsoft and the people working for the company.
“I’ve no idea why they didn’t do that,” he said. “I thought we were a good fit.”
“The price of software development was going up and up with the platforms, and Rare works really well with a partner,” said Stamper.
“We were looking for someone to help broaden our horizons.”
“I like Microsoft. They had a great system, and there’s a lot of good people at Microsoft,” he said.