Microsoft Corporation is an American technology company best known for the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. The company is also known for manufacturing hardware products, including the Xbox video game consoles. Its video game division, Xbox Game Studios, publishes well-known series such as Halo, Forza, Minecraft, and Gears of War. In September 2002, Microsoft purchased Rare from Nintendo, alongside the license for their original intellectual properties, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker. Rare's contributions to the Donkey Kong and Star Fox franchises remain under Nintendo's ownership.
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