Is Nintendo a Weak Competitor? PlayStation Giant Sony Takes a Shot at Microsoft, Mentioning the Mario Maker

Published 11/24/2022, 7:10 AM EST

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The massive situation regarding Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Call of Duty publisher Activision is not going to settle down anytime soon. It’s also because of Sony leaving no stone unturned in making sure this deal doesn’t go through. To ensure that, the company is putting in constant efforts and now Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has also entered into the ongoing battle.

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However, the reason for Nintendo being in this war is somehow strange but crucial. In a recent document, Sony alleged that the Xbox maker Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo, while indirectly calling the latter to be a less effective competitor.

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Sony alleges Microsoft plans to turn it into Nintendo, by taking away an IP like Call of Duty to reduce competition

As reported by Nintendo Life, the PS-making giant recently published a document. It contained a series of observations from the company that might be helpful in its efforts to block the $68.7 billion deal between Xbox maker Microsoft and Activision. However, one point, in particular, was quite shocking to note in this document.

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While taking shots at Microsoft, Sony brought a unique argument involving the Japanese giant Nintendo. While it didn’t call it directly, Sony stated that Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo. The PlayStation company argued that the Switch maker has proved to be successful even without a franchise like Call of Duty.

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“Microsoft argues that Nintendo has been successful without access to Call of Duty. This misses the point. The Decision identifies a wide body of evidence that Nintendo offers a differentiated experience to Xbox and PlayStation because it focuses on family-friendly games that are very different from PEGI 18 FPS games like Call of Duty,” read the document.

Furthermore, Sony went on to state that having an IP like Call of Duty under its belt will provide a big advantage for Microsoft. Here’s the exact part, from the document, where the PS maker seemingly described Nintendo as a weak competitor:

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“Microsoft claims that Nintendo’s differentiated model demonstrates that Sony does not need Call of Duty to compete effectively. But this reveals Microsoft’s true strategy. Microsoft wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, so that it would be a less close and less effective competitor to Xbox.”

All things considered, though, Sony is completely adamant about its stance that CoD should remain only on the PlayStation platform. On the other hand, Phil Spencer, the Xbox boss, has constantly tried to assure them that the franchise will stay on the PS consoles as long as the fans want.

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This battle is surely going to stretch even further than everyone’s expectations. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Mintu Tomar

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Mintu Tomar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. After completing his bachelor's in Philosophy, he has followed his passion for covering news as a budding journalist. He lives and breathes video games and is a die-hard Call of Duty fan.
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