Video game companies once launched fierce marketing campaigns against each other to vie for a better position in the market, but these days most companies are a lot friendlier with one another. Xbox head Phil Spencer has repeatedly praised Nintendo in the past and has frequently suggested that he’d like to do more to work with the company outside of just releasing Minecraft on Wii U.
In a recent interview with AusGamers, Spencer once again gushed about Nintendo’s fantastic lineup of games and characters while stating that he’d love to see Banjo-Kazooie in
Super Smash Bros. and Mario on Xbox. Here are his full thoughts on the subject:
“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.”
— Phil Spencer
This isn’t the first time Spencer has
called for Nintendo games on Xbox, and while that’s not likely to happen, it would be great to see the two companies work together more in the future. Phil Spencer’s excitement at the idea of Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. is certainly something I can get behind!