In an article celebrating Xbox’s 20th anniversary (now completed in 2021), the Bloomberg website published an article with various curiosities about the evolution of the brand within Microsoft. A curious detail is the mention that the company initially made an offer to buy Nintendo.
“The first company we contacted to purchase was EA, but they said ‘no thanks’. Then we met Nintendo to see if they agreed to buy. They just laughed wildly. Think of a moment when someone starts to laugh and laugh, that’s how the meeting happened, ” said Bob McBreen and Kevin Bachus, Microsoft executives.
It was also said that Nintendo executives came to visit Microsoft’s headquarters in 2000, and on that occasion Microsoft attempted to partner with Mario’s house to develop games for the first Xbox – the argument used was literal to say that the Nintendo video game was worse. than the PlayStation in an effort to get them to give up on this market (at the time, the dispute was between GameCube and Playstation 2).
At the time, two other companies were mentioned that attempted to acquire Bill Gates’ company: Square Enix (then known as Squaresoft) and Midway Games. However, the first thought the offer was too low, the other was even interested, but the deal was no longer right with Microsoft.