The first seeds of the company that would one day become Rare were sown way back in the late 1970s, amidst a clutter of arcade boards in a terraced house in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. Momentum was building for the first great home gaming boom of the early 80s, and Tim and Chris Stamper were determined to be ready for it. Thus was Ultimate – Play The Game born.

Ultimate was to attain a near-legendary status in the 8-bit world during its relatively brief existence, kicking off with the launch of Jetpac on its platform of choice, the Sinclair Spectrum, in the summer of 1983. It wast the first in a string of classics released between '83 and '86: games from this era such as Sabre Wulf, Underwurlde, Lunar Jetman and Knight Lore (a pioneering work in isometric 3D) still rank among the UK gaming industry's most influential titles.

But as the home computer market began to wane, the Stampers became aware that the future of the industry lay elsewhere – in the emerging breed of international consoles. Ultimate finally ground to a halt, and from its ashes rose Rare, based now in the nearby village of Twycross, set up primarily to study and develop for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Rare went on to produce a total of around 60 games for the NES and Game Boy (with occasional dabblings in the Mega Drive/Genesis and Game Gear markets) over the next few years, from Slalom to Marble Madness, RC Pro-Am to Battletoads. But it was Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, released in late 1994, which was to suddenly hurl Rare back into the limelight.

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Battletoads (2020)

Battletoads (2020)

Fighting

The wait is over! Rash, Zitz and Pimple are returning at last to Morph Attack their way through an all-new action-packed adventure of choreographed chaos...

Battletoads

Battletoads

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The series was created by British developer Rare in 1991 to rival the then-popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a platformer for the original Nintendo...

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Adventure

After ten years in retirement, Banjo the bear and his breegull pal, Kazooie, have stacked on the weight due to wasting all their time playing video games...

Perfect Dark Zero

Perfect Dark Zero

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The Xbox 360 prequel to Rare’s Nintendo 64 hit, Perfect Dark. Players once again slip into the role of Joanna Dark and fight their way through a twisting...

Conker: Live and Reloaded

Conker: Live and Reloaded

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Gamings notoriously naughty squirrel – Conker – arrives on Xbox with a bang in an all-new Xbox Live enabled team-based shooter, Conker: Live and Reloaded...

Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark

First Person Shooter

Since the dawn of man, our planet has been watched. The reasons for this interest differ from race to race: some merely wish to observe until humanity...

GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007

First Person Shooter

The name is Bond. James Bond. The famous hero of Ian Fleming's novels returns in this first-person shooter, which is based on the movie of the same name...

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