Former Rare Director Joel Hochberg Dead At 87


Joel Hochberg, the former director of Rare, passed away at the age of 87 earlier this week, according to an obituary published by the Miami Herald.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.

Hochberg joined Rare in 1986, signing on with the Ultimate Play the Game and founders Tim & Chris Stamper.


He oversaw the company’s business operations within the US and led a division based out of Miami, Florida. He also served as the president of Rare’s coin machine company, Rare Coin-It Inc.

Throughout his tenure at Rare, Hochberg made significant contributions to the company’s success.

He was credited with a “special thanks” in games like Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Before joining Rare, he was the vice president of arcade maker Centuri.

Former executive Tim Stamper took to social media to pay tribute to Hochberg’s contributions to Rare.

According to Stamper, Hochberg “changed the course of history” by giving the company access to its first Famicom in the earlier years. Other former Rare employees and industry figures have also paid their respects.

Joel Hochberg Cause of death, What happened?

His cause of death was not published in the public domain

Hochberg’s passing is a loss to the gaming industry and the Rare community, as he played a vital role in the company’s growth and success. His contributions to Rare’s success will not be forgotten.

Nintendo Life sends its condolences to Joel’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.

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