Microsoft shares letter from when it tried to buy Nintendo

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Microtendo… Ninsoft… Yep, it doesn’t work

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As part of the platform’s 20th anniversary, Microsoft shared part of a letter it sent to Nintendo in 1999 when it wanted to buy the company.

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This was before the launch of the original Xbox in 2001, and can be found by visiting the Xbox Museum. Website and discover the history of the original Xbox (thanks, Kotaku,

As we learned earlier this year, the wanted acquisition had embarrassing consequences, as Xbox founding member Kevin Bacchus said: “[Nintendo] Just their ass laughed. For example, imagine someone laughing at you for an hour. That’s how the meeting went on.”


Original Xbox. credit: Microsoft

To celebrate this huge swing and miss, Microsoft has shared part of a letter sent to Nintendo by VP of hardware Rick Thompson, and it has some interesting details. Thompson called the proposal a “potential strategic partnership” and said he “understands Mr Takeda’s concerns” about the potential deal.

There is also mention of working with “Nintendo” to help make Dolphin (it’s codenamed the GameCube) the best video game ever. [console]”, but the rest of the details are covered, probably because Microsoft doesn’t want to share every little intricacies of the deal.

It mentions that Thompson may have been going to a meeting with some Nintendo executives, and this was probably where the proposal was immediately laughed out of the room.

Overall, the Virtual Xbox Museum is a fairly open look at the platform’s history, as mentions the infamous red ring of death on the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One’s heavily stalled launch thanks to issues like price, Kinect, and more. , and need to be online at all times.


In other news, former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aim hosted a roundtable with some Xbox visionaries and said that “the industry is better because of the Xbox”.

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