Almost two months ago, Phil Spencer – the head of Xbox – appeared in a Microsoft stream, and in that stream, he had a shelf. That might not sound like a big deal, but in the past, Phil’s used his shelves to tease, or even coyly reveal, various Xbox surprises – like the Xbox Series S, which he had on his bookshelf long before the official reveal. Bethesda big dog Todd Howard even took a page out of Phil’s book back in September 2020, teasing the new Indiana Jones game with a relic on his shelf
So, when Phil appeared on a stream, eagle-eyed investigative fans scoured his shelves for anything they could find. Two items stood out: a Kojima Productions Ludens figure, and a Nintendo Switch. At the time, we said nothing – we’re not about to spin a whole news piece out of a video game company boss enjoying the video games of other companies – but, as time passed, the Switch started to seem like maybe it was a hint, too.
But just saying that Xbox and Nintendo are working together could mean anything. Master Chief in Smash. Xbox Game Pass on Switch. A hybrid Xbox-Nintendo console called the Xbox Series N. A new Zelda set in the world of Halo. Or maybe Microsoft is willing to sell Rare back to Nintendo, and we’ll finally get a new Banjo-Kazooie.
Not to get everyone’s hopes up prematurely, but… what do you think this potential Xbox/Nintendo collab could be? And, if you could have your most unlikely wish, what do you hope beyond hopes that it would be? Let us know in the comments!