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Microsoft just memorialized its failed attempt to buy Nintendo in 1999 by sharing a letter it sent the Japanese gaming giant

13 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Duane "The Rock" Johnson, when he was still a professional wrestler, appeared on stage at the 2001 Consumer Electronics Show alongside Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates to promote the still-unreleased original Xbox console. Jeff Christensen/AFP via Getty Images
Before Microsoft launched the Xbox in 2001, the company tried to buy gaming giant Nintendo.
Nintendo executives reportedly "laughed their asses off" at Microsoft's entreaties.
Microsoft just published a letter it sent to Nintendo about the deal in an Xbox retrospective.
20 years ago, in 2001, Microsoft launched the original Xbox. Two...
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