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Call Of Duty Returns To Nintendo

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Microsoft announces they have made a 10 year deal to bring Call of Duty back to Nintendo consoles in a bid to help their acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Call of Duty returns to Nintendo after a long absence. Well, the franchise will return to the company’s consoles if the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes through. In a tweet from the Xbox head Phil Spencer, he said Microsoft made a 10 year deal with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles:

Call of Duty Returns To Nintendo: Why Now?

The major reason Call of Duty returns to Nintendo because Microsoft’s deal to buyout Activision Blizzard is in trouble in various countries. The European Commission is currently doing an investigation into the acquisition. Here in America the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) threatened a lawsuit against Microsoft regarding the deal. And it doesn’t help that Sony Interactive Entertainment’s President, Jim Ryan, keeps flying around to talk to various government regulators to block the deal. So Microsoft is trying its best to show everyone, from government agencies to gamers, they won’t become too powerful if the deal goes through.

Thus, the deal with Nintendo. Not only does this move help Xbox appear to be friendly with its competitors, but it also is a great business move. Microsoft will spend about $70 to acquire Activision Blizzard. And to pay for that they will need to sell many copies of games just not on the Xbox console and PC but other consoles too. Hence the deal with Nintendo.

There are plenty of Nintendo Switch owners (and Nintendo fans in general) wanting to play the latest games in the Call of Duty franchise. I used to play the game on the Xbox 360 back in the day. I may be interested in playing them again if I can play them on the Switch or the next Nintendo console.

Speaking of the Switch, could these games run on the unpowered system? They could but probably only in Cloud mode. That way the game could run on powerful servers instead of the aging hardware. Or Activision could develop the next Call of Duty game to run on the older Switch hardware.

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