In the early stages of Microsoft flirting with the idea of entering the gaming industry, they reportedly approached Nintendo and Sony about a partnership. On IGN unfiltered Xbox Co- Creator ED Fries was asked “had Microsoft ever considered buying Nintendo.” He replied:
“When we first started thinking about doing Xbox we met with Nintendo and we sat down with Iwata and others and we said, ‘This is what we want to do. Could we partner? Could we work together on this?’ And basically they said no.”
They also made a similar offer to Sony that resulted in the same answer “no.” Could you imagine if the answer was yes? Would that have been the birth of the perfect console? Both Sony and Nintendo brings so much to the gaming industry in their own right. Just the thought of this happening makes me wonder, what innovations would have been made if this did happen? How far along would the gaming industry be now? There are so many questions that come to mind but all we can do is wonder what it could have been.
Nintendo has done a great deal with building the industry standard on handheld devices and platform gaming. Sony has built a brand with great single player games and great hardware. Microsoft has gave us great software and brought players together for a great online experience. Before this goes left field in the comments Drop your Fanboy thoughts for just one moment! If Sony or Nintendo just uttered one word “Yes” the way we looked at the gaming industry would have been changed dramatically. This could have been a positive or negative affect on the industry. With less competition this “perfect console” could have become stagnant in progression. People often forget how we benefit from each others loved companies, the competitive spirit keeps the gaming industry alive. It also could have been the complete opposite with so many great minds under one company we could have had everything we needed.
But this proves in a way we all our in the same boat we all love gaming! Respect the process! All these companies bring something great to the table in the growth of a hobby we have learned to love. Who knows, one day we all might root for the same team with a simple one word answer “Yes.”