Rare, or Rareware, is a United Kingdom company founded by Tim and Chris Stamper. It is known for the development of Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye, and most importantly, Battletoads. The company has developed many video games for the Arcade and the Nintendo consoles. It is currently developing titles for the XBOX and XBOX 360.

The Formation of RareEdit

Rare was originally founded as Ashby Computers and Graphics Ltd (ACG), which became defunct. Because of this defunct, the two who started ACG formed a new business under the name Ultimate Play the Game (a name now used for XBOX 360 games) and started developing games for 8-bit consoles, such as the Commodore 64. After Ultimate Play the Game, Rare was formed.

One Step AheadEdit


Donkey Kong was a successful hit mainly due to its rendered graphics.

Rare is a company known for its constant use of the most recent technology on games. A great example of this is the highly acclaimed game, Donkey Kong Country. When Donkey Kong Country was released, it was one of the first games to have with pre-rendered 3D graphics, making it a successful hit.

Rare was able to do this again with Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo Kazooie, which both used 3D graphics more advanced than that of Super Mario 64. Killer Instinct not only had more rendered graphics, but it also added onto the Fighting genre by adding autodouble combos, combo linkers, and ultra combos. These features are sometimes used in Fighting games today.

Rare TodayEdit

In 2002, Rare was bought by Microsoft and is currently working for them. Today, the company is develops new games for the XBOX 360.