Report: Microsoft buying Nintendo land

Newspaper reports that vacant 28-acre plot of Redmond real estate set to switch hands from Wii maker to Xbox 360 manufacturer.

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Nintendo of America and Microsoft may be in the middle of a console war, but there's no reason the two opposing game makers can't do a little business on the side. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is today reporting that the two Redmond-based companies have struck a deal that will see 28 vacant acres of Nintendo-owned land acquired by Microsoft for an undisclosed sum of money.

The parcel of land is located alongside highway 520 between Microsoft's existing "RedWest" campus and Nintendo's existing North American headquarters. The Web site reports that the deal is expected to close in the middle of the month, and Nintendo reps said it had nothing to do with the publisher's recent decision to move its sales and marketing teams to California and New York.

As for what Microsoft will do with the land, a spokesperson said it will be used for parking to ease problems at the RedWest campus, but there are no specific development plans yet.

This is not the first time Microsoft and Nintendo have done business. The Xbox 360 maker purchased Nintendo-owned studio Rare Ltd. in 2002. Rare has also continued to support Nintendo's portable platforms with games like It's Mr. Pants on the Game Boy Advance and Diddy Kong Racing on the Nintendo DS.

Discussion

273 comments
French023
French023

not a suprise microsoft beating nintendo once again... even though its only land (i own a 360 and a wii by the way)

geardawg
geardawg

Theyre buying land. So what? Wait a minute. Nintendo gets the money from MS, right? Price Drop for the DS and Wii! YES!!!

Peaches1347
Peaches1347

@EAInfinite MICROSOFT BUY NINTENDO?!?! u must be joking me even though bill gates has the money not only would 6 billion dollars cost alot of money ALOT nintendo would never sell.

EAInfinite
EAInfinite

ya microsoft has been thinking about buying nintendo itself... its only like 6 billion, thats pocket change for microsoft man

mondo720
mondo720

yes!!! now microsoft will merge wit nintendo make a company called ninsoft and make the ultimate console that can play 360 and wii games its a dream come true so they can take down that stupid ps3...yeah if only it were possible...:(

Duckers923
Duckers923

And so it begins.......... Round one : microsoft Round Two :TBA* *E3 will determine

kappareign
kappareign

microsoft buys game studio from nintendo. makes... 1 game? perfect dark zero. microsoft buys land from nintendo. makes... a parking lot?

sidney_765
sidney_765

now all they need to do is buy mario

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

"First their parking lot, then the whole company." LMFAO, yeah right

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

First their parking lot, then the whole company.

miningguy
miningguy

redmond is basicly microsoft territory so it nothing special

Albi4ever
Albi4ever

Microsoft owns most the business space in Redmond already. no surprise. they're even talks of MS buying the land where Group Health Hospital is located... "omgz, MS is making a hospital gamez! 1!!1!" This isn't news, the land is being used as a parking lot for RedWest which has nothing to do with Xbox. All the xbox buildings are out on Union Hill Road, last time I heard.

unbreakable4534
unbreakable4534

Rentago said "Also 360 isn't that bad, I've read from papers about 30-40% of 360 break downs is because of the way people treat it and use it. Not to mention when it gets bricked or something because of modders, hackers, standbyers, and most of all the intercooler messing it up. 360 is good for non-idiots. Anyone who says anything about buying another 360 is also a tard, an R tard. a THREE YEAR warrenty that is 75 dollars is well worth the cost if you put thought into it. I got it, mine broke after almost 2 years and I picked up another one. Problem solved." So pretty much, your calling yourself an idiot for your's breaking??? Right.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Im still not sure whats happening.... explain what kind of impact that this will cause, gamespot.

Proman84
Proman84

pOWNED... and I mean that literally. That land is owned by Microsoft now.

Mad_Rhetoric
Mad_Rhetoric

wft are you guys talking about, what has MS stolen from nintendo?

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Microsot your not going to find any Top Secret Nintendo Business bits left behind no matter even if you buy Nintendo's old property and search every nook and cranny.

G_W_X
G_W_X

Yup irony sums this up pretty much.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Ohhh... They will keep X-ray having Telescopes in their buldings and try to find out what are Nintendo\s plans.... :P

josephmadde2005
josephmadde2005

Microsoft buys Nintendo land for a parking lot. That is funny.

bka4u2c_basic
bka4u2c_basic

QUOTE "Merl57 I miss Rare" I do too. Didn't they make Killer Instinct for N64?

burrfoot
burrfoot

Hahahaha. Great picture for this story. Always Be Closing. You know what second place gets? That's right a set of steak knives. Third place your fired.

Cloud737
Cloud737

unbreakable4534: "I hate the words "Microsoft buying Nintendo..." in the same sentence." So you`re saying a headline saying "Nintendo buying Microsoft" woudn`t please you? :P Though, I got to admit, the headline fooled me for a second. :D

rarson
rarson

Anyone remember the time when corporations weren't considered people?

JacobD1505
JacobD1505

I love how many comments have NOTHING to do with this article.

psychorealm11
psychorealm11

This is for anyone who only owns a Wii or wants a wii hockey game. EA is not bringing an NHL game this year. I am asking those who this relates to if you could send an email to EA and ask them why? Maybe with enough emails it will bring attention that maybe they should of made the game for the wii this year. As for buying a 360 or PS3 as people will suggest, I can not afford one. Anyways thanks to anyone that emails them.

lanista
lanista

I think the point of the news is to share something about the two companies doing business In other words they are not sworn enemies that shall never speak to one another

Sexy_Yofu
Sexy_Yofu

"this shoud apply to gamers because it shows that microsoft is getting quite serious about going all out to expand their company in the console industry.. idiots who say this doesn't matter to gamers should really be rethinking things." How does this show they are serious about expanding. Are you dislexic? THEY ARE BUILDING A PARKING LOT. That isn't expanding their resources, that's a place where you put you car.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

I heard Chuck Norris contacted Nintendo and "suggested" they sell the property to MS or else.........

raze-boi
raze-boi

Microsoft and Nintendo vs Sony... LoL!!!

Pwnager
Pwnager

microsoft, nintendo, xbox 360, wii, redwest, rare

Hekynn
Hekynn

darn it Bill your making too much money off of pc/xbox soo dont blame Nintendo or buy their stuff etc etc

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

LOL, this is why MS is so entertaining to me. They're going to buy Nintendo's old US hq... and use it as a parking lot.

Rentago
Rentago

playstation_wii Is this the cause for Bill Gates not being the richest man in the world?!? _______ Lol yeah sure he just needed more parking space for his worlds largest care collection. Also 360 isn't that bad, I've read from papers about 30-40% of 360 break downs is because of the way people treat it and use it. Not to mention when it gets bricked or something because of modders, hackers, standbyers, and most of all the intercooler messing it up. 360 is good for non-idiots. PS- Anyone who says anything about buying another 360 is also a tard, an R tard. a THREE YEAR warrenty that is 75 dollars is well worth the cost if you put thought into it. I got it, mine broke after almost 2 years and I picked up another one. Problem solved.

LessThanMike
LessThanMike

So...this is the 3rd space right between Park Place and Boardwalk huh?

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Is this the cause for Bill Gates not being the richest man in the world?!?

mkurts
mkurts

Watch out Sony !

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Um...yeah, and we as gamers care why?

musicaz70
musicaz70

first off, people shut up about the damn 360, my brother bought one and we've had it fr about a year and a half and its 110% fine and he plays gears for around 4-6 hours a time.. and also, this shoud apply to gamers because it shows that microsoft is getting quite serious about going all out to expand their company in the console industry.. idiots who say this doesn't matter to gamers should really be rethinking things. but i still have to admit, gamespot over the last few weeks.. slooooooow

JoeSmith34
JoeSmith34

This is a smart acquisition, because Microsoft is a company that is expanding at such a rapid rate.

A5H19
A5H19

How does this relate to us gamers in any way? Like I said before, even on Gamespot, the news is slow. What's next? Sony corp. eats babies?