Microsoft's RARE developing for Nintendo DS !!

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Microsoft developing for Nintendo DS

Job listings for internal studio Rare confirm the software giant is making
games for its archrival's latest handheld.
Last week, rumors began to surface that the Xbox 360 would let gamers
download Micrsoft-developed games onto Nintendo's DS handheld. Given that
Nintendo's handhelds are its main source of revenue, Microsoft creating new
content for the DS would be giving ammunition to its archrival in the
current- and next-generation console wars. Such a move struck many industry
watchers as being highly unlikely, if not outright ludicrous.

However, it now appears that Microsoft may be crazy like a fox. This week,
evidence surfaced confirming that the company is indeed developing games for
the DS. It came in the form of two job listings on the official Web site for
Rare Ltd., the Britain-based developer of Conker: Live and Reloaded for the
Xbox and Perfect Dark Zero for the Xbox 360. Rare is wholly owned by
Microsoft and is part of its Microsoft Game Studios suite of internal
developers, which also includes Halo maker Bungie Software.

The first advertisement, under the "Artist Vacancies" subsection, calls for
submissions from "EXPERIENCED 3D ARTISTS (NINTENDO DS)." The position
requires a "Good understanding of 3D packages (preferably Maya), strong
modeling and texturing abilities, imagination and motivation are all
required from anyone hoping to join our Develop award-nominated team in
creating key DS titles."

The second advertisement, under "Software Vacancies," asks for "GAMES
PROGRAMMERS (NINTENDO DS)." Applicants must "be motivated, enthusiastic and
skilled in C/C++ to join our dedicated handheld team, recently nominated for
a Develop Industry Excellence Award. 3D skills also an advantage in creating
high-profile titles for this unique system."

Although job listings by a Microsoft-owned studio for DS developers would
strike most as definitive proof that the company is making games for
Nintendo's handheld, nothing is official...yet. When asked by GameSpot, a
Microsoft spokesperson declined comment. "At this time, we have nothing to
announce in regards to Rare developing titles for the DS," said the rep.

Ironically, the as-yet-unidentified DS games will not be the first that Rare
has made for Nintendo. Prior to Microsoft's purchase of the studio, Rare was
a Nintendo-only operation, making games exclusively for the Nintendo 64 and
the GameCube before Microsoft bought it in 2002.

Since then, however, Rare has developed several games for Nintendo's other
portable: the Game Boy Advance. However, these have largely been legacy
deals to port existing Rare games, including last year's remake of its 1985
Commodore 64 game Sabre Wulf and the upcoming version of its 1996 SNES game
Donkey Kong Country 3.

By Tor Thorsen -- GameSpot
POSTED: 07/07/05 11:41 AM PST

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Re: Microsoft's RARE developing for Nintendo DS !!

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Indeed, it is strange that a gamestudio of microsoft is designing games of
its competitor.
But still: it is RARE and not Microsoft itself designing games for the DS,
and as Microsoft doesn't compete with the DS this isn't that worldshocking.
I'll start to be surprised when Sony will develop for the DS. That would
really be akward.

Re: Microsoft's RARE developing for Nintendo DS !!

Nothing unusual about it at all.  Microsoft is the leading software company
developing software for Apple computers.  In fact, back in 1997, Microsoft
invested $150 million in Apple to keep it afloat.
Chris H.
Microsoft Windows MVP/Tablet PC
Tablet Creations - /
Associate Expert
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Inferno wrote:

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MS doesn't compete with Nintendo in the portables market. Plus, it's a
revenue stream.

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