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Microsoft Considered Buying Nintendo in 2000

Post by Zero Revolution on Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:55 pm

While developing the original Xbox, Microsoft considered buying out Nintendo to help with software output on their console, and having familiar IP.

Xbox is a household name when it comes to gaming, but it wasn't like that when Microsoft was first working on the system. They had to figure out how to make a big splash, which is when all sorts of zany ideas were being tossed around. Original Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley said that a number of people working on Xbox wanted Microsoft to snatch up Nintendo. That would have been a huge deal at the time, but it obviously didn't happen. Things would certainly be different today!

What?! That's honestly kind of insane! It would've been a HUGE buyout. I wonder what the game industry would be like today if they had actually gone through with this idea.


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Re: Microsoft Considered Buying Nintendo in 2000

Post by queenzelda on Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:05 pm

I am so glad this didn't happen. I love Nintendo as they are & having M$ buy them out would have changed Nintendo drastically & would also be making triple A games that none of us Nintendo fans usually purchase. Razz


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Re: Microsoft Considered Buying Nintendo in 2000

Post by Gameguy1996 on Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:00 pm

I'm glad the buyout never became a thing. Nintendo likely would have never made a new IP again knowing Microsoft and there games likely would have been even more rushed.


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Re: Microsoft Considered Buying Nintendo in 2000

Post by Luma Party on Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:52 pm

No matter how much they would've offered, Yamauchi believed in his company enough, that he wouldn't have sold it.
Plus if Rare alone sold for $375 Million, Microsoft would've poured their pockets put to buy Nintendo.


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