From StrategyWiki, the video game walkthrough and strategy guide wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Rare's company logo.
Founder(s)Tim and Chris Stamper
Parent companyXbox Game Studios

Rareware (Rare Ltd.; later Rare) is a game development company most well-known for Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Banjo-Kazooie, and GoldenEye 007, a revolutionary console shooter. After their parent company lost the James Bond license they quickly followed up this success with Perfect Dark, a spiritual sequel set in their own sci-fi world.

Just after 1995, Nintendo invested in a fiscal partnership with Rareware. In September 2002, the Stamper brothers sold their majority share of the company to Microsoft, and it was renamed as Rare. Because of this association they lost the rights to produce Nintendo games such as Donkey Kong.


Rare Ltd. began in 1982 in England. It extended its business to the U.S. under the name Rare Coin It Inc. (also referred to as Rare Coin-It Inc.) so that it could license games to U.S. publishers.