Microsoft’s 1999 letter to Nintendo is on exhibit at the Xbox 20th Anniversary Museum.
The Xbox 20th Anniversary Museum now houses Microsoft’s 1999 letter to Nintendo.
Microsoft’s bid to purchase Nintendo from a few years ago, or more exactly, in 1999, is now available on Xbox’s virtual museum website, which is celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary.
Microsoft’s unsuccessful effort to buy Nintendo in 1998 on January 1st,
According to Engadget, Microsoft’s head of third-party relations, Kevin Bachus, said that the corporation attempted to buy Nintendo in the past in order to stock their next gaming system with exclusive games.
When Microsoft executives met with Nintendo executives to propose their takeover proposal, the Japanese gaming business dismissed Microsoft’s approach.
Indeed, “they just laughed their asses off,” according to Bachus, who said that the entire meeting with Nintendo felt like “an hour of somebody laughing at you.”
According to Engadget, the American tech giant was even behind another Japanese tech behemoth, Sony, in terms of hardware at the time.
Microsoft, on the other hand, chose to focus on hardware while Nintendo chose to focus on software.
Now fast forward to today, and it looks that the strategy failed miserably.
Instead, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have established themselves as the top three competing console producers with the Xbox, PS5, and Switch.
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Nintendo’s Letter of Acceptance from Microsoft
According to a report by Kotaku, Microsoft has chosen to re-release the letter it gave to Nintendo more than 20 years ago regarding its attempt to buy it off.
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The company produced information that suggests the American tech giant had negotiations with its rival Nintendo.
The letter, which was signed by a former Microsoft vice president and dated Oct. 1, was addressed to Nintendo of America.
November 20th, 1999
Microsoft slapped a big watermark on the letter that reads “Microsoft tries to purchase Nintendo,” making the remainder of the material unintelligible.
Some parts of the more than two-decade-old letter, though, may still be seen.
Microsoft began its letter to Nintendo of America’s vice president of business affairs, Jacqualee Story, by thanking him for allowing him to meet with Nintendo’s long-time president,.
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