Formed in Twincross, Leicestershire in 1985, Rare is a company that you've definitely heard of. Starting off developing games for the ZX Spectrum computer, the company eventually entered into a deal with Nintendo, who they developed exclusively for into the early 2000s.
Having since been acquired by Microsoft and having a lot of their original staff leave the company, Rare still remains beloved by gamers worldwide. Here's just a few of the reasons why.
Battletoads (NES, 1991)
The game that defines the term "Nintendo Hard," Battletoads has remained a favorite of early multiplayer games. With a cast of lovable Ninja Turtles ripoffs and lots of colorful levels to beat monsters up in, the game is still fun despite its often frustrating difficulty. Just prepare yourself for the jet ski level.
The Donkey Kong Country Franchise (SNES, 1994 - 1996)
The first major appearance of the titular giant ape since the arcade days, Rare took what was a simple arcade score-chaser and turned it into one of the most beloved platformer franchises in the history of video games.
Thanks to its then-revolutionary graphics, amazing music by composer David Wise, and tons of secrets and challenges to find, the Donkey Kong Country franchise even continues on to this day, helmed by a different studio since Rare was bought by Microsoft. Their accomplishments manage to transcend their contracts!
Killer Instinct (Arcade/SNES, 1994 - 1995)
During a time when fighting games were booming thanks to series like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, Rare created their own unique take on the genre. More focused on combos than Fatalities or special movies (though it had those too), Killer Instinct remained an arcade staple for some time.
It eventually received a mediocre sequel and a full on remake by another studio in 2013, but people who grew up on 90s video games will always prefer the original. Anyone else remember getting beat senseless by Spinal's teleport combos? 'Cause I sure do.