Recently we learned that Minecraft is coming to Wii U. This wouldn’t have been strange a few years ago, but Microsoft spent a whopping $2.5 billion to buy out Minecraft developer Mojang last year, officially making it a first-party Microsoft title. If Minecraft could come to Wii U, could other Microsoft-owned games find their way to Nintendo platforms?

When this question is posed, the first game to come to mind is
Rare Replay — a collection of 30 games from a company that once developed exclusively for Nintendo platforms. A Twitter follower asked the official Microsoft Studios account if Rare Replay could come to Wii U, and they replied “Suggest it to the great folks at @RareLtd.” It’s exciting to see that Microsoft Studios is open to the idea, but the real decision-making power comes from Microsoft proper. Even if Rare supports the idea, higher-ups like Phil Spencer would have to work out a deal with Nintendo.

That said, the idea of classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur day hitting Wii U is pretty thrilling! There’s also some historical precedent, as Diddy Kong Racing DS was published on DS years after Microsoft acquired Rare. However, DS was not a platform that directly competed with Microsoft. Releasing an Xbox One exclusive on Wii U is a different story.

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