Microsoft apparently tried to buy Nintendo 20 years ago

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News site Bloomberg is reporting today that the team at Microsoft tried to purchase Kyoto-based company Nintendo. The news was revealed by Kevin Bachus who was the former director of third-party relations at Xbox. Microsoft basically wanted to sell them the pitch that their hardware wasn’t up to par and they could remedy that for them. Nintendo had the Nintendo 64 platform while Microsoft had their superior power-wise console, the original Xbox. Mr. Bachus said that the team were laughed out of the room, which says it all really. Sounds like a complete and utter disaster.

“Steve [Ballmer, ex-Microsoft CEO] made us go meet with Nintendo to see if they would consider being acquired. They just laughed their asses off. Like, imagine an hour of somebody just laughing at you. That was kind of how that meeting went.”

“We actually had Nintendo in our building in January 2000 to work through the details of a joint venture where we gave them all the technical specs of the Xbox,” McBreen said.

“The pitch was their hardware stunk, and compared to Sony PlayStation, it did. So the idea was, ‘Listen, you’re much better at the game portions of it with Mario and all that stuff. Why don’t you let us take care of the hardware?’ But it didn’t work out.”

Kevin Bachus, former director of Xbox third-party relations

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