Microsoft says their relationship with Nintendo is great, but they "don't love" fans wondering if each new Xbox game will hit Switch

The honeymoon is over

Microsoft and Nintendo have teamed up on a number of projects over the last couple of years, which has lead to titles like Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest coming to the platform. Could we end up seeing more Xbox games come to the platform? In an Unlocked interview with Microsoft's Phil Spencer, it sounds like the Xbox brand might want to take a step away from that for awhile. Check out Spencer's full comments below.

The relationship with Nintendo is great. Doug Bowser and I, we talk often. Furakawa-san, the CEO of Nintendo, and I know each other well and we have conversations.

I will say that I think the individual IP by IP to different platforms, I can see can kind of get confusing to customers over time. We've been learning, some of our development partners have really wanted to go do this, and we want to support the desires of our creative talent. Some of this have been partner lead.

I think more and more about what does a full Xbox experience mean on different platforms. Right now, it seems like when any game comes out, there's that, "is this one going here is this one going there." I'd rather be able to set more of an Xbox-level expectation for our fans on where things are going to go. I thought we did that with our first party when we talked about games shipping on Xbox and PC, and I got some blow-back from certain people in certain groups on that, but at least we set an expectation on that. I'd rather see us get to that point on the different pieces of hardware we're on, so I guess I'll kind of leave it there.

I definitely have a ton of respect for the role that Nintendo plays, and I love having great games on their platform. I don't really love this idea that for every one of our games, there becomes this little rumor on it "is it going to end up on the Switch or not." I feel we should set a better expectation with our fans than that.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

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I'm grateful any time we get them. No need to port beg a direct competitor.

Understandable, I guess. They're still a rival platform.

There was never a reason to port beg a game from a competitor...I mean, who got that idea?

Personally, I've never expected this "partnership" between Nintendo and Microsoft to last very long.

It was great to have a few games like Super Lucky's Tale, Minecraft, and Cuphead, but I think it is a bit unrealistic to a plethora of Microsoft games because of some implied Nintendo-Microsoft romance.

It seems as Phil Spencer here is trimming those wide expectations a bit. With the Xbox Series X coming soon, it seems as if they're perhaps looking to keep their games in-house.

Thu Apr 02 20 06:05pm
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You give them one finger and they'll chew of your entire hand....

I think most fans just want some Rare classics to re-release on Switch. Killer Instinct, Banjo-Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, etc.

Those and maybe a third Banjo-Kazooie game.

Thu Apr 02 20 08:06pm
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I get him, but they set the precedent. Naturally if you put a few of your published games on a competitor’s console that fan base will hope for others to come over. Like if Nintendo put a Mario game out on Xbox, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see Xbox fans ask for Zelda and so on.

I do hope they use the Switch to push their new games in the way it seems like they put Ori on there to bring in support for the sequel (they got me to buy an Xbox One from doing that). I don’t expect any new releases at all but in certain situations it makes sense for them to bring games over, like if a new Banjo game were to come exclusively for Xbox it’d make sense to put the first two games out on Switch. Throw Nintendo fans a bone while getting them excited for a new game and potentially buy an Xbox to get the new one and so on.

I don't know, after playing so much Panzer Dragoon Remake this week and reading this, i feel like port begging for Crimson Dragon.


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