A new rumor suggests that Nintendo and Xbox will announce an announcement later this year. The rumor was shared by Shpeshal Ed on Twitter, co-founder of XboxEra.com. The poster pointed to an April 9 Game Mess video from Jeff Grubb. In the video, Grubb discusses a Phil Spencer image with many interesting items on the shelf in the background, including a Nintendo Switch. (the picture can be seen on ResetEra right here). In the video, Grubb says that “everything on Phil’s shelf meant something in-depth.” Readers should take it with a grain of salt, but it will be interesting to see if the two companies actually plan anything.
Tweet from Shepeshal Ed can be found embedded below.
Probably the only person I have seen so far to get it and understand the context here and how it all happened. https://t.co/vlEz0hDsfY
̵1; Shpeshal Ed (@Shpeshal_Ed) April 10, 2021
Microsoft has shown a significant amount of support for Switch in the last few years. Microsoft has released games like Ori and the blind forest and Minecraft on Nintendo’s console, while characters like Banjo-Kazooie and Steve can be played in Super Smash Bros.Ultimate. As a result of this relationship, there have been a number of rumors that Xbox Game Pass could come to Switch. Microsoft has put a lot of support into the service and getting it to Switch would add many more potential subscribers.
There are many reasons why Game Pass makes sense for Microsoft on Switch, but it’s hard to say whether Nintendo would see it as an advantage. It is also worth noting that there are several games on Game Pass that may not be playable on Switch, so Microsoft will have to tailor a library specifically as it does for PC. A new Nintendo Switch model could help remove this obstacle, but it’s also just a rumor at this point.
Of course, it is possible that this may be something completely different. Fans have been hoping to see more Microsoft characters appear in Super Smash Bros.Ultimate, such as Master Chief and Doom Slayer. Nintendo fans also have a lot of passion for Banjo-Kazooie; with the characters that can be played in Smash, maybe Nintendo and Microsoft could collaborate on a brand new game! For now, fans just have to temper their expectations.
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