The head of Xbox has described Nintendo as ‘masterful’ and a jewel in the games industry that they ‘should protect and help’.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has had some very kind words to share about Nintendo, during an interview conducted via Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Spencer was interviewed by Star Wars: Rogue One script writer Gary Whitta in his Twitch show, which has just started uploading clips from last night’s show – in which Spencer discussed the delay of Halo Infinite and hinted about upcoming new secrets related to Game Pass.
But given the nature of the show the conversation naturally turned to Nintendo, which Spencer described as ‘a jewel for us in the games industry and something we should protect and help’.
‘The pure thing about what Nintendo does is they think about games and they think about their hardware and their about their platform all as one thing, and they build those experience’, said Spencer, in what is a very accurate summary of how Nintendo traditionally works.
‘I think it’s magical the way that they’re able to create a complete Nintendo experience on their devices’, added Spencer.
‘Nintendo is just masterful at what they do. And I’ve said it before, I think they have the strongest first party pedigree out there’.
Although some will look to read more into his comments, Spencer has always been generous with his praise for competitors, which was why recent digs against Sony seemed so out of character.
Microsoft in general has also always maintained a good relationship with Nintendo, to the point where Rare’s Banjo and Kazooie appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but although there had been hints that they were keen to get Game Pass and/or Project xCloud on the Switch more recent comments have seemed to rule that out.
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