Original Xbox Could Have Been Free, Microsoft Planned to Buy Nintendo

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Original Xbox Would you believe us if we told you that Microsoft originally intended to make the first Xbox free? That’s right, all you had to do was go to the store and grab one free of charge. What if we also told you that instead of making its own console, Microsoft actually planned on buying Nintendo? In an interview with Games Industry, Seamus Blackley, one of the creators of the Xbox, revealed that Microsoft initially wanted to make the Xbox free at one point, partnering up with Oddworld Inhabitants to take on the big player at the time: Mario. Later on it was decided that the easiest and most financially-feasible way to compete against Nintendo’s historic franchise was to buy big daddy himself, Nintendo. Clearly, neither plan was approved, but just imagine what could have been... Blackley also mentioned that they wanted the original Xbox was to run Windows, a notion that was rejected largely because Microsoft’s OS was not as popular in the gaming and entertainment industry as it is today. With Windows 10 set to be a big part of the Xbox One, times have clearly changed. The original Xbox is nothing compared to today’s technology, but it was a milestone back in the early 2000s. Collectors want it for their collections, while hardcore gamers want it for the nostalgic factor. No way will Microsoft give it away for free today. But god damn, just visualize the kind of world we would be living in if the Xbox was free, instead of a $400 gaming machine, and Microsoft owned Nintendo... Everyone and their grandmother would probably be playing video games and Nintendo might be in a better place as a brand than it currently is. Hell, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One might have even been free. The world would belong to Xbox!

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