Former Rare Director Has Passed Away

From all of us here at Nintendojo, we send our condolences.

By Elexis Angulo. Posted 05/01/2023 12:06 Comment on this     ShareThis

From the Miami Herald obituary, it is unfortunate to say that former Rare director Joel Hochberg has passed away. He was 87 and is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.

He was Vice President of arcade maker Centuri, before joining Rare along with founders Tim and Chris Stamper. He oversaw the company’s business operations within the U.S., based out of Miami, Florida. He was also the president of Rare’s sister company, Rare Coin-It Inc, which solely created coin-operated machines.


Over the years, special thanks went to Hochberg in the credits for games like Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Rare co-founder Tim Stamper eulogized the former executive on Twitter, saying “President of Rare Coin-it Inc, Miami, and former Director of Rare Limited, Twycross. Joel changed the course of history, he bought us our first Nintendo Famicom system on one of his many trips to Japan.”

Source: Rare Ltd. Twitter Account

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