Nintendo sells 28 acres of land to neighbor Microsoft for undisclosed sum of money

3 July 2007
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Nintendo logoAlthough the console war can be bitter sometimes, that doesn’t always mean that companies can’t play nice with each other and do a little business on the side, particularly if it’s gonna benefit both sides.

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.

Microsoft logoThe 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. — via GameSpot


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