Press the Buttons asks, “Was Rare a waste of Microsoft money?”
I got this one.
Yes. Yes it was. But fortunately, they have money to burn.
I do concede at the time that I couldn’t believe it, either, but in hindsight… well, I guess it depends.
Their output as part of Microsoft absolutely sucks. As part of Nintendo? They had some good stuff. I think Nintendo might have helped bring out the best in Rare, but it’s hard to say if they’d ever get any more golden eggs out of that goose.
Nintendo got the goods, and Microsoft wound up with breakfast. About all it boils down to.
Of course, if memory serves, Rare had a few classic gems before Nintendo purchased them as well, Wizards & Warriors and Battletoads, if memory serves.
Well, Wizards & Warriors, anyway.
(And I still need to play Banjo Kazooie…)