In a recent interview with Xbox’s Phil Spencer, he expressed how someday he’d love to see Nintendo’s iconic plumber on Microsoft platforms.
Speaking to AusGamers, Spencer also gave high praise to Nintendo first party titles, mentioning it “has the strongest first-party of anybody” in the industry.
“I’d love to see Mario on Xbox,”
Continuing with a tidbit of questions, Spencer said he’d love to Banjo in Smash Bros in a blink of an eye, even if the Microsoft PR team doesn’t feel the same way. Though having Mario himself on Xbox would be great, says Spencer. With Nintendo tapping the water on mobile and Minecraft (which is now owned by Microsoft) Super Mario DLC has brought the two companies closer together than ever. Check out more of the interview by reading below or visiting the AusGamers website:
I’d love to see Mario on Xbox,” Phil says enthusiastically. “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.