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Comic 50: A Rare Opportunity - 1

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Part 1 of Rare's backstory.
Rare goes to Nintendo to introduce his new games, and the two companies already seem to get along pretty well... but how long will this last?

After having made games for the ZX Spectrum for years, Rare wanted to try out platforms... in particular Nintendo's Famicom/NES. So they imported a Famicom console, and without even knowing how, they started reverse-engineering it and programming games for it. Later, they went to Nintendo's headquarters to show off their tech demos... and Nintendo were rather impressed with what they saw.
(I have no idea what the tech demos looked like so I just made some scribbles)


by NeilKapit at 7th May 2015, 8:56 AM

Such a promising young man! I forsee a toad-ally awesome future for him!

by Zanreo at 7th May 2015, 9:09 AM

Yes, he has some interesting battles in store for him...

by MadJak91 at 7th May 2015, 2:41 PM

id (Doom) boys did a very similar thing by hacking Mario and improving the scroll/draw screen algorithm but were turned away :D

by Zanreo at 8th May 2015, 6:11 AM

Huh, I never heard about that, should read about that! Then again they didn't actually make their own game...

by MadJak91 at 8th May 2015, 2:21 PM

Yeah, that is true.
They just wanted to impress Nintendo for a future project.

by Zanreo at 8th May 2015, 8:43 PM

And it seems like they failed

by MadJak91 at 8th May 2015, 9:39 PM

Yeah. Nintendo was really impressed by the idea of a Mario hack :D
Then some years later, they came back crawling for a Doom SNES port :D

by eekee at 16th Aug 2022, 9:26 PM

"After having made games for the ZX Spectrum for years," tells me everything I need to know about how Rare did what they did. You had to hack to make games worth anything on that sort of machine. :)

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