Until recently a company strongly connected with Nintendo for whom they made numerous games and the current character models for most of Nintendo's icons. All those included in the modern Donkey Kong universe (Diddy Kong, Banjo-Kazooie, and Conker), as well as creating the extremely popular GoldenEye 007 game and Perfect Dark off the same engine.
Over the last year (2002) Rareware has split with Nintendo and joined up with Microsoft creating games for their Xbox system. A Perfect Dark sequel is planned for 2003 with a completely revamped look, more along the lines of anime than of realistic human models. Nintendo will still retain the rights to all their original characters, they are working on a new Donkey Kong game and are cooperating with Namco on two additional Starfox games.