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Nintendo and Microsoft’s gaming relationship has changed for the better over the last few years (getting ever closer last year when both companies agreed to cross-play functionality for various games, notably Minecraft and Rocket League); now, rumors suggest Microsoft could be bringing an Xbox app, Game Pass, Ori and the Blind Forest, and more to Nintendo Switch.

An appearance at GDC next month that promises “Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger” and even “[g]et a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.”

Next, there’s speculation that Scalebound may be revived from video game cancelation hell. Once owned by Microsoft, Nintendo has a fantastic relationship with both Microsoft and Platinum Games. Blessing or not, Microsoft’s lack of ownership doesn’t prevent them from helping out in transiting the IP and any remaining assets.

And today, Direct-Feed Games is making public what they know.



Covered in the two-minute video, Ori and the Blind Forest would come to the Nintendo Switch. As a Microsoft exclusive, the game would finally break that classification and be in the hands of more gamers.

How would this be played onto the Switch, though? This is where Game Pass and xCloud comes in. The idea is that with a Game Pass subscription, xCloud can aid in running digital games on the Switch and working around (to a degree) some hardware limitations.

Again, this is a rumor, but one that lines up well with previously-discovered and released information.

Do you see any clout to this idea? What games would you want to play on your Nintendo Switch that are apart of the Game Pass? Let know in the comments down below or on Twitter!

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)