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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Microsoft is Developing for Nintendo

Right off the bat, the title looks like a joke doesn't it? Well it's true. Microsoft will be developing games for Nintendo's handheld system, the DS. Rare will be the development team making games for the DS, no titles have been announced yet.

The ironic thing is that Rare used to be owned by Nintendo, and was easily Nintendo's biggest asset for the N64 and created some of the 64's top titles. Rare made Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Conker's Bad Fur Day among a number of other great games. But when the Gamecube came out, Nintendo sold Rare to Microsoft for hundreds of millions of dollars. Since then, Rare has made two games for Microsoft: "Conker: Live and Reloaded", a remake of the N64 title, and "Grabbed by the Ghoulies" a total flop of a game. Rare hasn't really held up to being a good investment for Microsoft. Infact, Rare has been producing a handful of Gameboy games even though they're still owned by Microsoft.

But as strange as this news is, it does start to make some sense. Microsoft isn't experienced nor interested in entering the handheld market by making its own system, and Microsoft tends to view Sony as their main competitor rather than Nintendo. They probably would much prefer to compete with Sony by working with Nintendo.

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