Trivia / Rare

  • Development Hell: If one were to list all of their announced games that had been cancelled (Donkey Kong Racing, Kameo 2, etc.), one would be here all day. This started way back in their Speccy days, with Mire Mare. At least the first Kameo and Sabreman still managed to see the light of day (the former on XBOX, the latter on Game Boy Advance). Given that Rare can no longer make games for Nintendo consoles, Donkey Kong Racing ain't never seeing the light of day, and the way things are looking, it won't even do so as a Dolled-Up Installment.
  • Executive Meddling: Even former employees agree that Microsoft's micro-management of the company has hurt their business. To contrast, Rare made tons of games under Nintendo, yet it has probably only made about ten or fewer games for the entirety of their Microsoft ownership. Prior to Kinect Sports and the restructuring, Rare made just as many games for Nintendo's portable consoles as it did for Microsoft's home consoles.
    • Star Fox Adventures was originally going to be Rare's original IP called Dinosaur Planet, and for the N64. However, early in development, Shigeru Miyamoto saw the notes, noticed the main character looked similar to Fox McCloud, and convinced them to make it a Star Fox game for the Gamecube instead. This would be the last game they made before leaving Nintendo.
  • Follow the Leader: It cannot be denied that Rare had a tendency to play to the trends, exploring the same genres and tropes as other games, usually from Nintendo, that had recently been successful. Donkey Kong Country followed Super Mario World. Banjo-Kazooie followed Super Mario 64. Diddy Kong Racing followed Mario Kart. Killer Instinct followed Mortal Kombat. This was evident even before Donkey Kong Country as Battletoads followed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze. While they have been making an effort to avoid this during their Microsoft years, the Xbox Live Avatars blatantly imitate Miis.
  • Promoted Fanboy: In the E3 2016 gameplay trailer for Sea of Thieves, two of the members of crew 3 are Chad McCanna and Hyle Russell, diehard Rare fans who are best known for Elvis And Slick Monty and DK Vine.