If you owned the NES, SNES, or Nintendo 64, chances are that you owned or played a Rare game. No, not like a rare game, but a game developed by the studio, Rare.

Games like Battletoads, Goldeneye, Banjo Kazooie, RC Pro Am, Jet Force Gemini, Conker's Bad Fur Day, etc.

However, after the Nintendo 64 and the birth of the Xbox, Microsoft purchased the entire company to develop games exclusively for Microsoft game consoles. You can now download most of those games, or even purchase the highly anticipated 'Rare RePlay' coming out for Xbox One.

So...after all the hit games on Nintendo consoles, why didn't Nintendo buy out Rare Studios?

Rare Co-Founders Tim & Chris Stamper wonder the same thing.

If you want the full story, check out this article here on Nintendo Life.

It's a good question though isn't it? The track record that Nintendo had with Rare was undeniable. Some REALLY good games came from Rare for Nintendo game consoles! Especially games like Goldeneye, and how could you forget Donkey Kong Country? One of the greatest platformers of all time!

But...did Nintendo lose out on this deal? Again, a good question.

After Rare games was bought by Microsoft, their software was sub par. Games like Grabbed by the Goulies, Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, etc. They just weren't very good games. From what I understand though, Microsoft gives their developers usually a decent amount of freedom when it comes to developing games.

Nintendo however, is a lot more strict when it comes to this type of thing.

In my opinion, I would say DID MISS OUT and THEY DIDN'T MISS OUT.

Why did they miss out? They could have made a Donkey Kong Country 4! Diddy Kong Racing 2! That spin-off of Perfect Dark! All of these could have really helped out the WiiU in the long run. Plus having another Conker's Bad Fur Day on a Nintendo console would be pretty hilarious.

Why didn't they miss out...Star Fox Adventures? Grabbed by the Goulies? Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts? These games are all critically panned by critics and a lot of people hate those games too. Nintendo is doing well in the game industry, not GREAT, but good. Having these games on their hardware along with the original Wii's massive amounts of 'shovel-ware' would have been bad, and they would have just gotten lost in the mix.

Not gonna lie though, having 'Rare RePlay' on a Nintendo console, would be most excellent.

Did you know that you could buy all of these games at your local Gaming Warehouse? YOU CAN! Click the TGW logo below for more!