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Revision as of 15:34, 2 August 2020

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Rare
Type Subsidiary of Xbox Game Studios
Founded 1982 (Ashby Computers and Graphics)
1983 (Ultimate Play the Game)
1985 (Rare Limited)
Headquarters Twycross, England, U.K.
Key people Tim Stamper, founder
Chris Stamper, founder
Industry Video games
Products Arcade games
Employees undisclosed
Website http://www.rare.co.uk/

Rare Limited is a video game developer that is based in Twycross, England, U.K.

Ashby Computers and Graphics

Rare began as Ashby Computers and Graphics Limited, founded in 1982 by Tim Stamper and Chris Stamper in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England, U.K. They originally created arcade games that they sold as conversion kits.

Ultimate Play the Game

When they released their first computer game in 1983, Ashby Computers and Graphics Limited had begun trading under the name Ultimate Play the Game.

In 1985, the Stamper brothers began to believe that developing for the ZX Spectrum would not be beneficial for the company's growth, as it was only popular in the United Kingdom. Around this time, they imported a Family Computer from Japan, and felt that it would be better to develop for this system as it was more capable and had a worldwide audience.

Rare

The Stamper brothers spent time reverse engineering the Family Computer, and after they were successful, established Rare, and sold the rights to Ultimate Play the Game to U.S. Gold in 1985. They traveled to Japan to show their tech demos to the Nintendo executive, Minoru Arakawa, in Kyoto. Impressed with the tech demos, Nintendo gave the Stamper brothers an unlimited budget to make games for the Famicom console.

In 1988, Rare purchased the rights to the Ultimate Play the Game trademark and intellectual properties back from U.S. Gold.

On September 24, 2002, Microsoft purchased Rare for $375 million USD.

Games by Ashby Computers and Graphics

Title System Release Notes
Vortex Arcade 1980 Developed for Zilec Electronics.
Phantoms II Arcade 1981 Developed for Zilec Electronics.
Blue Print Arcade 1982 Licensed to Bally/Midway.
The Pit Arcade 1982 Developed by AW Electronics. A.C.G converted it to Galaxian hardware for Zilec Electronics.
Dingo Arcade 1983 Conversion kit for Galaxian. Licensed to Jaleco.
Grasspin Arcade 1983 Licensed to Jaleco.
Saturn Arcade 1983 Licensed to Jaleco.

Games by Ultimate Play the Game owned by WEC Museum

Title System Release Notes
Jetpac ZX Spectrum 1983 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Lunar Jetman ZX Spectrum 1983 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Atic Atac ZX Spectrum 1983 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum 1984 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Underwurlde ZX Spectrum 1984 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum 1984 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Gunfright ZX Spectrum 1985 The ZX Spectrum version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.

Games by Rare owned by WEC Museum

Title System Release Notes
Slalom NES 1987 The 1986 date mentioned in the collection is in regards to the VS. System arcade release.
The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
R.C. Pro-Am NES 1987 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Cobra Triangle NES 1989 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll NES 1990 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Solar Jetman NES 1990 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Digger T. Rock NES 1990 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Battletoads NES 1991 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
R.C. Pro-Am II NES 1992 The NES version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Battletoads Arcade Arcade 1994 The arcade version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Donkey Kong Country
(Super Donkey Kong in Japan)
SNES 1994 The SNES version is on SNES Classic Edition, owned by WEC Museum.
The Super Famicom version is on Super Famicom Mini, owned by WEC Museum.
Killer Instinct Arcade 1994 Co-developed with Midway.
Included in Killer Instinct for Xbox One, owned by WEC Museum.
Killer Instinct 2 Arcade 1995 Co-developed with Midway.
Included in Killer Instinct for Xbox One, owned by WEC Museum.
Killer Instinct Gold Nintendo 64 1996 The Nintendo 64 port of the 1995 arcade game is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Blast Corps Nintendo 64 1997 The Nintendo 64 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 1999 The WEC Museum owns the "jungle green" Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 set.
Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 1999 The Nintendo 64 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Conker's Bad Fur Day Nintendo 64 2001 The Nintendo 64 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Grabbed by the Ghoulies Xbox 2003 The Xbox version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Kameo Xbox 360 2005 The Xbox 360 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 2005 The Xbox 360 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Viva Piñata Xbox 360 2006 The Xbox 360 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Jetpac Refuelled Xbox 360 2007 The Xbox 360 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise Xbox 360 2008 The Xbox 360 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Xbox 360 2008 The Xbox 360 version is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Banjo-Kazooie Xbox 360 2008 The Xbox 360 remaster of the 1998 Nintendo 64 game is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Banjo-Tooie Xbox 360 2009 Xbox 360 remaster of the 2000 Nintendo 64 game is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Perfect Dark Xbox 360 2010 Xbox 360 remaster of the 2000 Nintendo 64 game is on Rare Replay for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Kinect Sports Xbox 360 2010 Included in Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Kinect Sports: Season Two Xbox 360 2011 Co-developed with BigPark.
Included in Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360, owned by WEC Museum.
Killer Instinct Xbox One 2013 Co-developed with Double Helix Games and Iron Galaxy.
WEC museum owns the Xbox One version.
Rare Replay Xbox One 2015 A compilation of 30 video games by Rare, and its predecessor Ultimate Play The Game.
WEC museum owns the Xbox One version.