Former Rare Dev Claims Nintendo Was Envious Of Them

In an interview with Retro Gamer magazine, former Rare developer Phil Tossel (currently working on Tengami) claims that Nintendo was envious of Rare’s work. In fact, he says that Nintendo completely re-textured Ocarina of Time because Banjo-Kazooie looked better! Here’s the full rundown…

“No, we never had the Zelda engine or any code they did! We did see an early version of Zelda and that was a big influence on Dinosaur Planet, though. Nintendo were often quite envious of us. I got the feeling they thought our games were technically and artistically superior to theirs. Miyamoto would visit regularly and I heard a rumor they redid all of the textures on Zelda after they’d seen our work on Banjo-Kazooie because our game looked better!”

Source: Nintendo Everything