Nintendo is currently the third biggest player in the console market behind the PS4 and Xbox One. Despite the optimism surrounding the release of the Switch Nintendo finds itself in a peculiar position. With many suggesting that Nintendo might be out of the console business if the Switch was to bomb.
If that were to happen then Nintendo would be forced to develop games for rival machines. As one of the most recognized IP’s worldwide it is fair to say that the two heavy hitters Xbox One, and Ps4 would be delighted to bring Nintendo titles to their respective machines.
One man who has no problem if Mario were to make Xbox One his new home is Phil Spencer who had this to say while talking to AusGamers for a forthcoming interview:
I’d love to see Mario on Xbox,” . “As someone who’s been in this industry and played games forever, I’ll still say it: Nintendo has the strongest first-party of anybody. They’re just fantastic and the memories that they have instilled in so many of us, who’ve played their games and had those delightful experiences, having those on Xbox would be great. Obviously we have Minecraft on Nintendo and when that opportunity came up to work with them on Minecraft, you know, some people might look at it and say ‘why would you even do that?’, but with Nintendo, it’s been a great partnership on Minecraft. In fact they put Mario in Minecraft on Wii U with the mash-up skin pack.
And continuing to work with them on that and building a stronger relationship… I mean if that paid dividends down the road that lead to something else, that would be fantastic. I know I get questions all the time on would I ever like to see Banjo in Super Smash Bros. and I’m, like, “yes, I would do that in a second”. And certain people think I’m saying that as some sort of PR answer and I’m, like, why wouldn’t you?
Anyway, I’m a big Nintendo fan and I think they’ve been incredibly important for the games industry, they do a great job with younger audiences, and if we ever had a chance to work with them in the future, I would absolutely do it.
The prospect of seeing Mario and that too on an Xbox is a mouthwatering one, let us know what do you think about these developments by commenting in the comments section below.