Nintendo and Microsoft’s Partnership: A Bright Future Ahead

Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser Talks About the Strong Bond with Xbox and Exciting Collaborations

In a recent interview with Inverse, Doug Bowser, the President of Nintendo of America, reassured fans that the relationship between his company and Microsoft remains incredibly strong, dispelling any concerns stemming from past Xbox email leaks. He emphasized that the creators of Mario maintain a “great relationship with Microsoft,” particularly in the gaming division of Xbox.

This robust alliance has been consistently demonstrated throughout the Nintendo Switch generation. Notable instances include the cross-platform success of Minecraft and the delightful addition of Banjo Kazooie to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, much to the delight of fans.


Bowser also expressed enthusiasm about the enduring partnership, stating that Nintendo looks forward to continuing its collaboration with Microsoft and Xbox in the future. Such collaborations have proven to be a win-win situation, bringing beloved franchises to an even broader audience.

When discussing the dynamic video game industry, Bowser noted that acquisitions and consolidations have been a constant factor for more than 16 years. However, he highlighted the industry’s vibrancy as fresh and talented indie studios continually emerge, injecting innovation and creativity into the landscape.

The fruits of this enduring partnership between Nintendo and Microsoft in 2023 are already apparent, with the release of games like “Minecraft Legends” and the exciting return of Rare’s legendary FPS “GoldenEye 007” through the Nintendo Switch Online service. Furthermore, Xbox has reaffirmed its commitment to welcoming Nintendo players into the Call of Duty community following the completion of the Activision Blizzard acquisition, promising an even more expansive and interconnected gaming experience for fans of both platforms. The future of Nintendo and Xbox’s collaboration shines brightly, promising even more thrilling experiences for gamers on both sides of the spectrum.