Nintendo and Xbox have an increasingly close relationship - and there's a simple reason for that
- Nintendo and Microsoft are direct competitors in the video game business.
- But the two companies have been working together in recent years, and the depth of that relationship has grown substantially in the last 12 months.
- Between a push into cross-play gaming and ongoing "Minecraft" support on Nintendo platforms, it's clear that walls are breaking down in the video game industry.
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Nintendo and Microsoft directly compete in the video game business, so why are they becoming so friendly?
The answer is surprisingly simple: Because they've realized how mutually beneficial it is to work together while Sony's PlayStation - the sales leader by a longshot - looks like an old coot.
The last 12 months in particular have seen the two companies repeatedly come together on major initiatives.
Here's a walkthrough of their blossoming relationship:
1. "Minecraft" is where this all started.
2. "Better Together."
3. Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch.
4. Microsoft is publishing games other than "Minecraft" on the Switch, like "Hellblade," and "Cuphead" is no longer an Xbox exclusive.
5. Microsoft's Netflix-like Game Pass service is rumored to come to the Switch.
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