Microsoft in recent years has promoted a more inclusive, broad-reaching usage of its IP, as seen in moves like Cuphead showing up on Switch or (more recently) Banjo-Kazooie being announced for Smash. The bear and bird’s return to a Nintendo console after nearly two decades has been widely celebrated by all, as it just feels more… right that the dynamic duo appear on a Nintendo console. And according to Conker’s Bad Fur Day creator Chris Seavor, such an action is a long time coming.
“It is significant, very significant but it was also inevitable,” said Seavor, of Rare IP returning to Nintendo platforms. “You only have to look at the reaction to Banjo’s appearing in Smash to see that this was purely a fan driven thing, and fans are if nothing else a noisy and belligerent bunch. I mean, it’s an abbreviation of ‘Fanatic’ after all.”
When asked if Rare’s back catalogue would be better placed in Nintendo’s hands, Seavor agreed without qualification. “Yes, of course they are. I’ve always thought Microsoft made the right decision to acquire Rare, but for all the wrong reasons. That being, so no one else could have them.”
Upon being questioned if Banjo and other franchises like Conker would’ve been dormant had Rare stayed with Ninty, Seavor is a little less certain. “Conker probably, definitely. Who can say what we have all missed out on over those 3 console generations with Nintendo? Best not to think on it too much, it’s depressing.”
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