At least they have the good sense to know that the simply no longer house the talent to do anything other than sully the good names of their great franchises.
At Puggsly: Did you actually play those games during that gen? I ask this because if you have only played them on XBL it's hardly a fair, the first gen of 3D games have aged very poorly, much worse I feel than SNES-gen games. If Rare's best N64 games don't qualify as great then nothing in that gen was.
We do agree on one thing though, Rayman 2 was awesome, the equal of any other platformer that gen and a much overlooked game.
Rare's "best" N64 games were released around 1997 - 2001. There were a ton of great games outside of what Rare was releasing.
On the N64 I mostly played the wrestling games and some of the Mario games. But I primarily played my Saturn and PS1 games.
In 1999 I began playing like Half Life, Quake 3, Unreal Tournament, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Phantasy Star Online, Shenmue 1, Shenmue 2, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Jet Grind Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Grandia 2, etc.
Perhaps I wasn't impressed by the Rare games because I was playing even more cutting edge titles.