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Sun 20th Jan 2008

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bioform commented on Commodore 64 coming to Virtual Console:

In regard to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie...

Rare (now owned by Microsoft) owns the IP of the characters, and setting, however, Nintendo was the publisher for both games, and owns the rights to the game itself as a whole, but not to the characters.

This means that while Rare can make a brand new game without Nintendo's permission, I believe that releasing any of the previous Banjo games on Xbox Live OR Virtual Console will be tricky and requires consent from both companies - 50% rights Nintendo.

Conker's Bad Fur Day, and Perfect Dark were published by Rare, and the IP belongs to them as well - 0% rights Nintendo.

Donkey Kong 64, despite being developed by Rare, uses a Nintendo IP, and was also published by Nintendo - 100% rights Nintendo.



bioform commented on Goldeneye NOT Virtual Console Bound?:

Here's the cold hard truth guys.

The game was developed by Rareware - currently completely owned by Microsoft

The game was published by Nintendo (unlike Perfect Dark, which Rare published themselves later) - which means that they own the game property.

Activision own the exclusive contractual license granted by MGM for games of the James Bond intellectual property.

MGM own the intellectual property of James Bond - and MGM is owned by Sony Pictures - which, you guessed it, is owned by Sony.

I'd personally be suprised if this game would ever be re-released. Cherish your catridges well.