Scroll to read more

It’s been 13 years since Microsoft acquired Rare, a purchase that immediately saw the studio’s projects shift from GameCube to Xbox 360.

Those came to light at launch, when Kameo: Elements of Power and Perfect Dark Zero led the way in justifying Microsoft’s aggressive approach in building their own network of studios working exclusively for their own console.

But, what was lost exactly in the transition? Unseen64 have uncovered early artwork for Perfect Dark Zero, that had been penned when Rare had still been working with Nintendo.

With an art style that presents a distinct flair inspired by Japanese manga, flicking through the game’s Art Gallery feature lends us an insight into what might have been.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.