THQ representatives have announced that they will be distributing a number of Rare-developed GBA titles on behalf of Microsoft. The titles announced as part of the deal include: Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge
, Banjo Pilot
(previously Diddy Kong Pilot
), It’s Mr Pants
and Sabre Wulf
The only victim of Rare’s sale to Microsoft seems to be Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers
, which appears to have been cancelled. It’s unlikely that this is because of any difficultly in changing the branding but more because the isometric Tetris
clone had such a poor response from the press.
Although no indication was given by THQ officials on how long the deal would last, the fact that It’s Mr Pants
is a previously unannounced product suggests that Rare intends to continue producing games for the GBA and isn't just offloading outstanding product from their time with Nintendo.