Let’s face it – their last great console was the X-Cube
Ruaidhri takes a look at the failing Nintendo Wii U and tries to work out what they can do to stop the console destroying the company.
Fanboy: 1) a flattened child used to cool one’s face down 2) a Nintendo fan. I’ve been dubious about the Wii U – I don’t think it’s going to go the way of the Dreamcast, but I do think it will go the way of the Wii. After the recent Nintendo Direct announcement [this article was written a while back – Ed], I’ve tilted my head to one side like a curious dog. It’s the promise of new Mario and Zelda games that have suckered me in again. I guess this fanboy will eventually buy the glorified DS. And it will have 5 ‘great’ games on it, within the barrage of ‘Dance, Dance, Super Fire Pony’ and the like. So – with that to inspire me – I decided to see what remaining Wii games were left on my shelf…
My claim to fame revolves around 2 things: the first is meeting Terry Pratchett for the book signing of Jingo. The second is a bit more obscure, as I didn’t meet them directly. My old English teacher was married to a man named Chris Marlow. Great, but who’s Chris Marlow? Those familiar with Conker’s Bad Fur Day will know that – not only was he a senior programmer – but also the voice of the operatic (and sloperatic) Great Mighty Poo. Basically, I had insider info for Rare’s up-and-coming games, namely Perfect Dark, Dinosaur Planet, Banjo Tooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Did this breach confidentiality? Almost certainly. So, bragging aside, I will be taking a look at the gaming history of a once glorious company (and now sadly a corporate corpse). Welcome to the rise and fall of Rare.