Right, I know it's a bit confusing so here's the situation: back in the day Rare worked as a "second-party developer" for Nintendo, meaning they were an independent company and owned the rights to their own franchises (Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, etc.) but exclusively released them for Nintendo consoles (Nintendo often like to use second-party developers- another famous one is HAL Laboratory, who are behind the Kirby, Earthbound and Super Smash Bros. series). A few years ago Rare got bought out and become part of Microsoft. This means that Rare can no longer make their games available on VC without permission from Microsoft (Rare have stated they are willing if they can). This does not apply to Nintendo franchise games which were "outsourced" by Rare, such as Star Fox Adventures or the Donkey Kong series. In these cases, Nintendo still owns the rights and they can appear on the VC. Goldeneye is a special case because it was based on a film, and hence requires permission from whoever owns the rights to the James Bond franchise.Originally Posted by crazyman2
So basically, Rare's games might appear on VC, but don't hold your breath.