In 1994, Nintendo bought 49% of the British developer Rareware. Rare was known for NES games Battletoads and Wizards and Warriors. This acquisition made Rare a second party developer exclusively for Nintendo. For Rare’s first game under the new deal, Nintendo recommended they make a new series involving Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong Country was released to widespread acclaim and established Rare as one of the premier game developers of the 1990s.