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Submitted by lreyna 957d ago | news

Microsoft thought they owned Donkey Kong

According to former Rare employee and “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” director, Chris Seavor, Microsoft mistakenly thought they owned the Donkey Kong franchise after they bought Rare. (Industry, Microsoft, Nintendo, Rare)

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gamer42  +   957d ago | Well said
This makes me appreciate the fact that we're getting another donkey kong country from Retro even more. Because if microsft did end up owning DK, we wouldn't be seeing much of him.
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UNGR  +   957d ago
You know that how exactly? DK is a huge franchise, Microsoft would milk it if anything.
Jagsrock  +   957d ago | Well said
He knows because Banjo-Kazooie.
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gamer42  +   957d ago
Banjo-Kazooie was a big franchise as well, but we don't see much of them now do we? Except for a game that left a majority of fans disappointed, Microsoft hasn't taken advantage of any of Rare's major Ips. Killer Instinct is a step in the right direction, but whether it's good or not is yet to be known.
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pixelsword  +   957d ago
Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft...
FlyingFoxy  +   957d ago
Well they milked Halo, which wasn't even special in the first place.. already has more sequels than Half Life or Doom.
husomc  +   957d ago
They'd make a Donkey Kong & Master Chief save the world game
SilentNegotiator  +   957d ago
Darn, I was really hoping to see "Donkey Kong: Forced XBL and Kinect Features, and Bolts"


Thank God Nintendo retained that IP.
blacktiger  +   957d ago
He knows because Killer Instinct. My favourite game of all time became my graveyard. Or at least forgotten :(
abzdine  +   957d ago
Soon they will think that they own Zelda.

slaton24  +   957d ago
ok look how long for killer instinct it took missing a whole generation just to finally do a game...I think donkey kong would have been shelved because so many gamers on 360 were mostly into shooters I may be wrong but its my opinion.
southernbanana  +   956d ago
@Flying fox. That is the most ridiculous comment I have read on here in a while..
karl  +   956d ago
im sorry but the only one who can make a donkey kong game is nintendo..

it needs certain magic that only nintendo has...
zerocrossing  +   956d ago
Because Microsoft...
Shane Kim  +   956d ago

To be honest though, every DK game worth playing and wich became popular has been made by rareware. The 80's Nintedo DK games are pretty mediocre,.
onyoursistersback  +   957d ago
im not even a fan of Donkey Kong, but im glad they did not get them.....what a bunch of morons! lol...
thebigman  +   957d ago
Rare isn't even developing KI, it's being outsourced to another company. Rare will never be the company they were
Dj7FairyTail  +   957d ago
Miyamoto created not Rare.
Smashbro29  +   956d ago
Miyamoto made up a generic gorilla but the DK we know today that fights crocodiles for bananas and wears a tie was made by Rare.
thecurseddevil  +   957d ago
they would have made a kinect donkey kong.
Syntax-Error  +   956d ago
How many Kinect games did you see @ E3?
Blachek  +   956d ago
That Wii Bongo version of Donkey Kong was a ton of fun
stage88  +   957d ago
Classic Microsoft.
itBourne  +   957d ago
Microsoft isnt even letting Rare do the Killer Instinct game either. Lol poor rare, altough Im sure at this point rare is just a name, I cant imagine most of the original employees have stayed there.
ArronC07  +   957d ago
None of them are there.
Syntax-Error  +   956d ago
Seriously? No one from the original Rare is there. They gave it to a new team that was ambitious and hungry. Rare had a shot and look what they did to Perfect Dark Zero. They just didnt have what it took to be what they were. Some developers regress and Rare was one of them. Killer Instinct took a long time because of legal issues, it wasn't because of MS. When MS was granted the IP the first thing they did was secure the domain name.
Veneno  +   957d ago
As ridiculous as that is, my xbot buddy thinks you can download mario games from xbox live and he believes Microsoft own EA. I try my hardest to educate him but I think he likes deluding himself.
CRAIG667  +   956d ago
jeffgoldwin  +   956d ago
Maybe he's thinking all of his Ron Jeremy videos are Mario irl.

It's a me MARIO:
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HonestDragon  +   956d ago
Can't say you don't try. He isn't the only Xbox owner to think Mario is available on the 360.
Ask him to prove it ;-)
wastedcells  +   956d ago
They must of over paid for rare then if they thought DK was part of the deal lol. I joke. Did they think they got golden eye too.
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DarkBlood  +   957d ago
HA lol

As the terminator said in the gunshop "Wrong"
Enemy  +   957d ago
Well, they do own Killer Instinct, which for some reason "adapted" the same exact art style from Street Fighter 4.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   957d ago
yea, but donkey kong is a totally different beast.
born in the arcade by nintendo, -gave birth to mario, and the princess.
This is Nintendo[s baby, and how M$ thought they could just buy it ,, is hilarious,.
(rare developed KI)
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Gamerchik87  +   957d ago
Your hilarious lol are u on this site all day?? Are u getting paid by sony to rag on M.S all day? U have something negative to say on just about every subject that has to do with M.S or u will find a way to involve M.S into your comments lol CRAZY!!
InTheLab  +   957d ago

Until MS earns back the respect of gamers, that deserve every bit of static they receive. They have accomplished nothing in this industry with third and last place finishes for a few console gens but are somehow arrogant enough to try and screw over loyal customers. The last few months has shown the world that MS is a s$$$ company that throws piles of cash at problems instead of fixing them and is willing to inconvenience consumers at every turn.

After the xbone, ALL MS hate is justified.

As for the topic, MS did what they always do. Drop a huge chunk of cash and hope for the best.All they got in return is Conker and a depleted Rare that's really in name only.
Imalwaysright  +   957d ago
Donkey Kong was the 1st platformer ever made and it is without any doubt one of the most influential and revolutionary games ever made. Donkey Kong's legacy is much bigger than just Mario or Peach. Donkey Kong is the "father" of every platforming game ever made.
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sAVAge_bEaST  +   957d ago
w0e , calm down there REP.manager. , I'm just keeping it real,,
not my fault. M$ makes daily mistakes.
b3ast  +   957d ago
gamerchik is there anything good to say about MS? and WTF has DK to do with Sony, you must feel threaten you silly fangirl!
glennco  +   957d ago
One exec!?! Surely not even a rabid fanboy can delude themselves into thinking one naive exec equals an entire company. You are delusional like any other fanboy. This site is getting unbearable.
Darrius Cole  +   957d ago
Donkey Kong is the first appearance of Mario. Anyone who thought that Microsoft could possibly have bought it should not be working in the Xbox division of Microsoft.
Syntax-Error  +   956d ago
Do you comprehend anything?
What does Donkey Kong have to do with Mario? Just because Mario was in the original game has nothing to do with the character Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong can be sold without Mario you dummy. If Rare bought the Donkey Kong IP and MS bought it from them then DK would be owned by MS. Learn something. Did you see Mario in Donkey Kong Country? No, so why would one have anything to do with the other? How old are you? It wasn't MS that thought they owned DK, it was some idiot thinking they did because of Rare's name on the DKC poster. Same can be said when morons in here make dumb assumptions
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callahan09  +   956d ago

His point wasn't that Nintendo couldn't sell the Donkey Kong IP without selling Mario, it was that they WOULDN'T! Donkey Kong was Nintendo's first major successful release in the video game industry and it is one of the most iconic games and IPs of all time. Anybody who thought Nintendo would sell that IP without doing a complete firesale of the entir company's assets was being delusional.
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Syntax-Error  +   956d ago
Now you're over-thinking the comment. NOWHERE in his comment did it say what you said. He said "DK is the first appearance of Mario.." He didnt mention anything about DK being Nintendo's first major hit. Stop thinking for someone else and worry about why you're sounding like a fanboy trying to sugarcoat his ignorance. Also, you don't know what they would do concerning an IP. Miyamoto wasn't part of DKC and Rare made the game NOT Nintendo, so don't think Nintendo is exclusive with its IP's
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PositiveEmotions  +   957d ago
How can that even be a mistake?
yewles1  +   957d ago
This has got to be a joke...
PeaSFor  +   957d ago
after all, the douche majornelson also said that MGS5 was XBONE exclusive...... so yeah....

that guy is something special....really easy to detest as you can see
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thebigman  +   957d ago
That video was gold
christian hour  +   956d ago
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badboy776  +   957d ago
yewles1 I'm just glad they don't!!!!
Summons75  +   957d ago
I wish Microsoft didn't get banjo :( nuts and bolts still haunts me.
TheTwelve  +   957d ago
Hey, they had to have something to try and compete with Little Big Planet, lol
HexxedAvenger  +   957d ago
Wow... Just wow
Gamesgbkiller  +   957d ago

I wonder how much did they spend on buying Rare ?
brich233  +   957d ago
Wiki "On September 24, 2002, Microsoft paid a total of $375 million to own 100% of the company. Because of this, Rare is now a first-party developer for Microsoft's Xbox and its successor, the Xbox 360."
RandomDude655  +   957d ago
Nintendo made them waste their money lol
Blank  +   957d ago
Funny but bad for gamers interest
suicidalblues  +   957d ago
I bet that MS exec was like "Cool, we can finally make that Donkey Kong FPS I've been dreaming of!"
bullymangLer  +   957d ago
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   957d ago
...Microsoft is going down like the Hindenburg right now.
jeffgoldwin  +   956d ago
You'd think so, but pre-orders are sold out at a lot of stores. Lol check if u don't believe me.
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devwan  +   956d ago
Pre-order levels are insignificant vs the amount of availability Sony has been able to offer.

It's very easy to "sell out" when you only get a few available for pre-order.
jeffgoldwin  +   956d ago
Cool story bro. Very typical fanboy twist on things. No link, no surpise.
Kryptix  +   956d ago


I just go with what's right in the gaming industry, and looking at the numbers. You're the very few still in denial.
jeffgoldwin  +   956d ago
Your link showed nothing to do anything at all with this thread and supply number of units. Everyone is now more stupid for having read your post. TY.
xtremexx  +   957d ago
HyperBear  +   957d ago
Oh what I wouldn't give to have a new Conker's game, or at the very least a re-mastered HD version of Conker's Bad Fur Day.....(*looks at display pic...starts to cry*)
ONI5  +   957d ago
Conker HD, Blinx remake and Voodoo Vince 2
CoLD FiRE  +   956d ago
Conker HD I agree but Blinx didn't live up to its hype so I'd rather they try and make a new one that's actually good.
weekev15  +   957d ago
Agreed. Maybe Chris Seavour could be Chris Saviour (sorry) and make a spiritual successor like they are doin with eternal darkness. Don't hold out much hope though. A new Conker is about the only thing that would make me buy an XBone is a new Conker game (looks at display pic...starts to cry)
flamehaze42  +   957d ago
That's like buying capcom and thinking you own legend of zelda.
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ExtoVert  +   957d ago
give me a "F", give me an "A", give me an "I", give me a "L", what does that spell?? FAIL, FAIL, FAIL!!!!......Microsoft You Just..FAILED!!!!

Go home you're Drunk
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jeffgoldwin  +   956d ago
Lol your just trying too hard now.
ExtoVert  +   956d ago
ya i know but just putting "fail" is too boring, so i just type what ever comes to my head at that moment. and my little niece watching a cheerleader movie at the same time, soooo ya that where i got it from lol
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GenericNameHere  +   957d ago
Silly Microsoft. Rare never owned Donkey Kong in the first place. If the Xbox had a DK game, I bet Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong would star in a gritty bromance FPS.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   957d ago
They thought Mario, and the Princess were thrown in as well.
everyday they cross the line of douchebags.
No_Limit  +   957d ago
Hey, at least Killer Instinct came with the purchase and the game will be out in November. You did well MS. There hasn't been a great DK game since the SNES days anyway. All is forgiven.
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Game4life  +   957d ago

Donkey kong 64 was the best donkey kong game ever conceived following the donkey kong country series
Reverent  +   957d ago
The mere mention of DK64 brings me so much nostalgia. I just wanna thank you for that.
Game4life  +   957d ago
well its true. Dk64 is the best dk game ever.
Fakdafakinfakerz  +   957d ago
Don't forget to swallow.
No_Limit  +   957d ago
My bad, I totally forgot about Donkey Kong 64. That was a great game.
mac_sparrow  +   956d ago
A 180 worthy of Microsoft, bravo sir, bravo.
b3ast  +   957d ago
Cmon man
MultiConsoleGamer  +   957d ago
Universal Pictures thought the same thing.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   957d ago
M1croFaiL -a company run by gamers 4 gamers.-
"The current generation of 'enablers' won't even know they own the IP... Here's a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. 'Hey that's great.. We own Donkey Kong right??' ........./massivesigh ""
asiatico  +   957d ago
Again Microsoft -__- lol they can't catch a break
TXIDarkAvenger  +   957d ago
Thank god they don't.

They would of ruined Donkey Kong OR Donkey Kong would be dead or made into a kinect game.
Dj7FairyTail  +   957d ago
it wouldn't happen anyway. Donkey Kong is Nintendo/Miyamoto created IP.
KillerPwned  +   957d ago
This is why I would never want any other first party owning Nintendo's franchises. I feel personally they would be instantly ruined and we would see a terrible fate for some of the most beloved icons a good portion of us grew up to love.
mxrider2199  +   957d ago
i dont want other fp owning nintendo i want nintendo to become 3rd party or a first party for sony or ms cus their hardware just blows
SpideySpeakz  +   957d ago
What a waste.
DivineAssault  +   957d ago
lol that hilarious! So they bought Rare thinking that DK was included? LMBO! What a bunch of bafoons! If M$ wouldve got DK, the series would be dead.. They wouldve forced kinect motion controls in it & it wouldve ran like garbage.. Im sure glad we dodged that bullet
glennco  +   957d ago
One exec does not equal MS buying Rare thinking DK was included. Journalism for idiots seems to have found its target market on N4G.
Skeith  +   957d ago
Micro$hit is sooo stupid.
It seems they don't know much about gaming world.
mamotte  +   957d ago
It's good to see they know their bussiness.

Oh, wait. Damn.
dboyman  +   957d ago
Microsoft reminds me of the Pointy haired boss from Dilbert comic strip
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FlyingFoxy  +   957d ago
What would be hilarious is if Nintendo had a game made extremely close to Conker, almost a knock-off.. but a great one, to shove it in MS's face.
Tzuno  +   957d ago
keep in mind that Ms has hired a mediocre developer to make killer instinct 3. Rare is not the developer of the new KI so expect the game to be changed in many aspects. Leave donkey kong alone ms, snes versions are gold not even the newest dk game can pair with those. I smell disappointment.
HonestDragon  +   956d ago
No kidding. When they mentioned that Rare have worked on a new title for the Xbox One, I actually thought it was going to be Killer Instinct 3, but instead it was another Kinect Sports game. Then they release the trailer for Killer Instinct 3 and almost everyone thought that that was the game Microsoft meant.

Then I saw Double Helix attached to it. The same guys behind G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra, Battleship, and Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters are making the next Killer Instinct. Yeah...
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