Microsoft Thought They Owned Donkey Kong?

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I know that Microsoft is a very large company, and I am sure that things get lost in the shuffle all the time, but could they really have thought they owned the rights to Donkey Kong?  According to Chris Seavor, formerly of Rare, they did.

On twitter, Seavor was asked about whether the Xbox One would receive a version of Knack.  He went into a story about Microsoft’s acquirement of Rare.

“The current generation of ‘enablers’ won’t even know they own the IP… Here’s a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. ‘Hey that’s great.. We own Donkey Kong right??’ ………/massivesigh” He said via his twitter account.

He went on to share some words of wisdom about some uber popular games that have disappeared from existence…

“Christ, whatever happened to Starfox? MS aren’t the only ones sitting on prime real estate and wondering why their arse is sore.”

Obviously, Donkey Kong has found his new abode quite comfy at Retro Studios now that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been announced.  There are some that still await the return of Starfox, and still a few that are hungry for the rumored Starfox/Metroid Cross over (not me though…)

What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s thoughts on owning DK?  What about Nintendo sitting in Starfox without giving us something new?

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  1. Silly Microsoft. Silly stupid Microsoft.

  2. XD Microsoft! You’re working in the video game industry, and you don’t know that Nintendo created and thus owns the rights to Donkey Kong?? LMAO!

  3. Dream on, MS. Dream on

  4. I always found it a little strange that they Released Diddy Kong Racing on the DS after being Sold to Microsoft, and while Nintendo certainly own Donkey Kong, I wasn’t sure where things stood with Character like Diddy Kong who were a Rare Creations, but I guess their Inclusion in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Marion Tennis etc. clears that one up!

    Still, read the small Print and use some common sense Microsoft!

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