OmniGamer asks, "What if Nintendo bought Xbox?" and gives 5 reasons why they should.
It'll never happen. Not only would Microsoft never allow it, Nintendo isn't known for acquiring anything. Hell, they even let Microsoft buy Rare.
I don't think Nintendo would, but as for Microsoft never allowing it...it's no secret that with Ballmer on his way out there's mounting pressure from within Microsoft to sell the Xbox off. There has always been grumbling from investors and members of the board about the rate of return on the Xbox compared to other divisions even before Valueact became involved and joined the MS board, but Ballmer always kept the dissenters on his own board in check. There once was a time when Sega leaving the hardware business was considered unthinkable as well. Never say never.
Using things terns like 'no secret' and 'grumbling from investors' makes it seem like your in the know, but your not. N4G rumor articles aren't reality. Xbox is going nowhere,there is no division to sale. Its all just part of Microsoft
@heliumhead2030 No, darkride66 is right. Not N4G articles - it is all over the news. Here is one sample of MANY: http://www.theverge.com/201...
@heliumhead2030. Actually, during my time in the brokerage industry I had the opportunity to listen in on a couple of conference a few years back with Microsoft discussing their earnings. Both times analysts on the call had openly questioned why MS wasn't doing anything about the poor returns on the Entertainment division relative to the company as a whole. I remember an early call where there was some back and forth about MS focusing their efforts away from hardware and instead into game software as software is obviously where their greatest returns lie. This has been going on for some time, well before Valueact became involved. Financial analysts have been calling for MS to sell the Xbox and focus their capital on better returning divisions for years. This isn't a "rumor", it's a matter of public record. Analysts at Caris and Co once stated that the entire EDD division was a "vampire" on the greater company that needed to be "staked". The only reason this hasn't happened already was because of Ballmer.
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It would never happen because Nintendo could never afford it.
Nintendo has about $5 billion in cash...
^ last i heard they had 11 billion still the xbox division, newly marred by the bad rep of the xbox one wouldn't be worth the money. theyd be better off auctioning off a few studios and going back to making PC or 3rd party games (as MS did back in the day).
they could afford it but the xbox division is bleeding money so i think the debts would kill them off
Nintendo has about 11 billion as Concertoine said, and apparently the Xbox division is losing around 2 billion a year, so Microsoft should be quite willing to get rid of it. But does Nintendo want to buy something that could potentially lose them 2 billion a year (if they didn't turn it around)?
Strongly doubt this. Microsoft needs presences. With the PC market slowly eroding Microsoft is losing presences. The Xbox adds to this and just gives one more selling point for the Microsoft ecosystem.
Does nintendo even have the kind of money to buy the xbox division?? Don't get me wrong, I love the big N, but this will never happen.
Almost asked the same question..but didnt want to offend nintendo fans
Nope, the xbox brand is worth more than Nintendo fans think. Nintendo should just focus on acquiring their own talent like hiring more people so their studios aren't under staffed and their games get released sooner. No one should get offended by the truth ;)
Nintendo has about $11Billion in cash and no debt. They could certainly buy if it made sense, but I doubt it does. I'm not offended.
That's an insane amount of money they have as just a gaming company. It's good to know nintendo is financially stable. The day when the new zelda releases for the wii-u is the day I'll buy the wii-u. Zelda or a new metroid. Those games alone are worth buying a wii-u for.
For what it is worth, Zelda Wind Waker HD was pretty awesome, and worth picking up for that. That was my first Zelda, and between that, Deus Ex, Monster Hunter 3 and Pikmin 3, the console is really quite good.
@kwandar "the console is really quite good." Sorry but I gotta call you out here. The console is pretty underpowered and has a 32gb hd which cannot be upgraded. However the software is really the engine driving sales. It's super fun playing those 1st party games with the kids. Also since free online gaming is going away in the ps4 and xbox one, that's also another nice feature.
@Jeffgoldwin It doesn't matter that the HD can't be upgraded/replaced, because unlike the PS4, you can plug a 2TB hard drive into the back and add another 2TB to your 32gig (as opposed to only getting an extra 1.5TB if you replaced the PS4 hard drive with a 2TB drive).
This article sucks. What kind of topic is this? If anything M$ would buy Nintendo or Sony.
MS is losing a rumoured $2 Billion a year on Xbox. With Balmer stepping down, a change in management might jettison the project to increase profits. Sony has financial problems too. Nintendo is in best position to buy at the moment, but I don't see the value in it for them.
Sony has financial problems? They're worse off than people think, currently Nintendo has more money in the bank than Sony (which is bad because Sony does more than just consoles).
It doesn't sound that crazy, but I don't think it will happen.
Nintendo has $10.5 billion thats impressive for a company that only does gaming.
Is this article for real?.....cant stop lmao.
Troll bait article...
A more likely event is for MS to buy Nintendo. It would be cheaper and easier to execute.
I doubt it would be cheaper. But it would make more sense since Nintendo actually makes money, unlike Xbox. Why would Nintendo want to buy a division that loses money? Yes, I went there.
The Xbox unit is profitable... Just not as profitable as the enterprise unit... The reason it would be cheaper is that there probably wouldn't even be an exchange of money. It would be a Nintendo / MS merger... MS would spin its consumer services like bing, xbox, and entertainment to Nintendo and run it out of Japan. Nintendo today would stop doing hardware and console operating systems (MS proper would take hold of it) and be renamed Nintendo Game Studios. MS studios would be renamed to Nintendo Games Studios, And Nintendo Xbox would be the console name. Nintendo would focus their strength of building great games, and MS would focus on console and OS. This would give MS instant credibility in Japan, and re-bring Nintendo back into the broader core gamer's market they lost with their approach on Wii/Wii U.
I can't think there is enough synergy for Nintendo to buy. However, I could see them licensing Kinnect at some point.
bettter for a non-Japanese company to buy Xbox if it ends up being sold. I wouldn't want a return to the days when the Japanese cornered the console market and western style games were few and far between. An interesting aspect of the console wars is west vs east that would be lost.
I think the east vs west angle is about the least interesting angle I could ever think of. I'm much more concerned with price, graphics, games, online, or what friends own.
Nintendo can't afford to buy xbox division. Xbox live alone is worth more than the cash nintendo has on hand. The japaneses game market is broken and has been falling apart for years now. Even the Japaneses devs know they are behind the west. Innovation is totally gone downhill over there. Just look at where sony launched it's console first. That's because the US market is the most important.
oh yeah then back up your statements with facts not with your opinion
The Xbox division is losing money big time (2 billion a year). Nintendo is making money. Nintendo is worth more than the Xbox division at 11 billion or so.
LMAO @ all of these people thinking Nintendo is broke. I know that Nintendo is losing their marbles at the moment, but they ALWAYS, ALWAYS make a profit. They have money. More money than you think.
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Yes Nintendo is a company that makes a lot of money.....the wii was a godsend for them.Wii U on the other hand is a failure. It's very unlikely Nintendo will acquire Xbox........however I know the big M has tried to buy Nintendo when they weren't doing as well. Microsoft is known for buying out competitors,or just buying company's they like,Nokia,Skype just to name a few.....mark my words in time the big N and M will be working together
Hell no, Microsoft games suck.
They do both cater to children and gamers under 13. Nintendo has Mario and Xbox has all the dancing and Kinect animal games. It does actually make sense. Nintendo can save the Xbox division and its own console problems at the moment and the future would probably belong to them. PS4 is a super machine, but I think that Nintendo buying Xbox would build the ultimate beast.
the wii u will fail because their is no way they can get 5,000,000 consoles by the end of the year xbox one will be the best console out their do people no that xbox one as very good ai in the games and better online multiplayer games coming in 2014 xbox one is going to have some really good games in 2014 xbox one will not have a red light of death this time not like ps4 that just have now i seen all ps4 problems and it dose not look to good right now and wii u is in a sicking ship and nintendo dose not care about the wii u that why xbox one will win in the long run
In my opinion, this is wishful thinking at best. I don't deny the possibility of Microsoft selling their Xbox division, but there would be really, really few corporations able to buy that. I don't think Nintendo has the buying power for that, even though they're actually in a pretty healthy economical state. Nah, if Microsoft sold their Xbox division, I see Apple or Google as more likely candidates. Both of them have much more money in the bank than Nintendo does.
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