The Virtual Museum of Xbox presents a letter from more than twenty years ago which details the moment when Microsoft tried to buy Nintendo.
The letter can be found as part of the new Xbox Virtual Museum that Microsoft has made available to all users through a website that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the brand.
Yes OK much of the document is unfortunately covered by a large overlay of green text, the letter gives a brief glimpse of the communication between the Xbox hardware chief at the time, Rick Thompson, and the then executive vice president of business affairs for Nintendo of America, Jacqualee Story.
“Dear Jacqualee, I appreciate you taking the time to try to call a meeting with Mr. Takeda and Mr. Yamauchi to discuss a possible strategic partnership between Nintendo and Microsoft on future video game platforms. “Thompson states in the letter. “I understand Mr. Takeda’s concerns about the possible association and I will try [texto tapado] the guidelines you have requested. “.
Although, unfortunately, much of the rest of the letter remains to be seen, It is safe to say that the discussions between the two companies did not come to fruition.. Earlier this year, Kevin Bachus, former director of third-party relations at Microsoft, delved into the company’s attempts to acquire Nintendo at the time as part of a story about the creation of the original Xbox.
“Steve made us meet with Nintendo to see if they would consider being acquired. “Bachus explained. “They just laughed out loud. Imagine an hour when someone laughs at you. This is how that meeting was. “.
Despite what sounds like a rather humiliating kickoff meeting, it appears that the two companies met on at least one other occasion. “In fact, we had Nintendo in our building in January 2000 to work out the details. from a joint venture where we gave them all the technical specs for the Xbox. “, Explains former head of business development Bob McBreen as part of the same interview (on the history of the first Xbox).
“The tone was that their hardware sucked, and compared to Sony’s PlayStation, it did. So the idea was, ‘Listen, you’re way better at gaming like Mario and all that. Why don’t you let us take care of the hardware? ‘ But it does not work.”McBreen concluded.
While Microsoft and Nintendo didn’t end up partnering, it’s safe to say that both companies are doing quite well today.