Has it really been since March since I have updated this blog?! Well either I have been super lazy (which I have) or life has taken a few unexpected turns in the last year (which it has). Regardless, today is a new day, and for some reason or another I have the urge to update Nintentunes, so for anyone who still cares, here we go!
Who doesn't remember the soothing tunes of Donkey Kong Country for the SNES? In its time, Donkey Kong Country was one of the best looking games around, period. The pre-rendered 3D graphics were unmatched at the time, and the game was one of the first to use the technique. While some criticize the game for not having precise platforming like its Mario counterparts, the visual style and sense of exploration found in the game is unmatched even by Nintendo first party standards.
It wouldn't take long for Nintendo to realize that they had a hit on their hands, after a demonstration of their technology running on the SNES, Nintendo was quick to purchase a 25% stake in the company. From there, Rare went on to be one of Nintendo's most successful developers before the Microsoft acquisition in 2002.
Although Rare is no longer a Nintendo owned company, they have left behind a legacy that has spanned from Goldeneye 007 to Killer Instinct. In the N64 era, there was no company that whose games I looked more forward to than Rare, and it is truly sad that they company is in the state that it is in today. Who's to tell what the company would be about if it was still Nintendo owned, but you would think that Kinect Sports and Xbox Avatars wouldn't be on the top of their recent resume.