Nintendo and Microsoft are very buddy-buddy nowadays, with the two companies working closely to release games on Switch, share some online interactions, and pave the way for future partnerships. In a newly-discovered legal document, this could all be considered a part of Microsoft’s ‘long-game’ to merge with, if not acquire Nintendo.
In an Xbox email from 2020, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer talked about the company’s desire to merge with, or acquire Nintendo to further their place in the game industry. According to Spencer, Nintendo was seen as the ‘prime asset’ for Microsoft to go after to achieve their goal, and they felt if any U.S. company could make it happen, it would be them.
Spencer goes on to talk about how the potential deal could come about, but acknowledged there were hurdles in the way as well. Along with that, Spencer notes that not going with ‘hostile action’ to snag Nintendo would be a good move, and the company would continue to play the long game by discussing the matter, working with Nintendo and looking for opportunities.
As we’re now in 2023, it’s clear Microsoft still hasn’t achieved their goal of bringing Nintendo under their umbrella. It’s tough to say if Microsoft would still have interest in folding Nintendo into their umbrella of companies, but if Microsoft was willing to play the long game back in 2020 and their position in gaming has only fallen since then, you’d have to imagine they’d still love a chance to secure Nintendo.