Rare and Microsoft take to Twitter to squash rumors that Rare Replay is coming to Wii U, with the developer saying the game will stay exclusive to Xbox One.
In a glorious time period known as the “late 90’s and early 2000’s,” Rare and Nintendo were inseparable. The powerhouse British developer could seemingly do no wrong, cranking out high profile titles such as Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark, entirely on Nintendo branded consoles. The match made in heaven was not to last, as Microsoft would eventually scoop up Rare in a high profile purchase, leading to Rare’s motely assortment of characters becoming Microsoft exclusive.
While fan reception to Rare Replay, Microsoft’s Rare career retrospective, was positive (with the collection being labeled one of the best games for the Xbox One), gamers bemoaned having to get used to playing classic N64 titles such as Conker’s Bad Fur Day on the Xbox One’s vastly different controller. This lead to the inevitable questions of the chances of the title appearing on a Nintendo console, which many assumed would be met with a big, fat “no chance” from Microsoft. Surprisingly, Microsoft didn’t dismiss the idea outright, telling commenters on Twitter to direct their questions about Rare Replay on the Wii U to Rare.
Unfortunately, Rare is putting a stop to the idle chatter concerning Rare Replay’s chances on Wii U, taking to Twitter to state:
This proclamation was followed by a post on Microsoft’s twitter, with the company stating “we have no further information of any games coming to the Wii U other than Minecraft at this time.”
The posting refers to the recently announced Minecraft Wii U Edition, which surprised gamers after Microsoft bought out Minecraft studio Mojang for a staggering $2.5 billion in 2014, leading to many assuming the series would become Xbox exclusive. But Microsoft seems committed to keeping the resoundingly popular world building series un-shackled to its flagship console, with the recently released Telltale story tie-in Micecraft Story Mode appearing on Xbox One and 360, along with Sony and Nintendo consoles.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has flirted with cross-console appearances, with Xbox head Phil Spencer previously stating he would have “no issues” with bear and bird team Banjo-Kazooie appearing in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. But with the company soundly shooting down the chances of Rare Replay appearing outside of the Xbox One, fans of the Rare games of old will either need to pick up the game for Microsoft’s console or hunt them down in their original N64 cartridges.