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News You Might’ve Missed on 1/6/21: Microsoft Tried to Buy Nintendo in 2000, Closer Look at Super Nintendo World, & More

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As we continue throughout the week, Nintendo has appeared in the news, most notably with a story about Microsoft trying to buy the Japanese giant back in 2000. In addition, today, we got a closer look at Super Nintendo World, among other things. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on Jan. 6, 2020.

Super Nintendo World Website and Commercial Give Us a Closer Look at the Park

Today, the Super Nintendo World website went live, giving us a virtual tour of what to expect from the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Along with that, a new commercial debuted with a much closer look at the park, featuring the Mario Kart attraction, along with Yoshi’s Adventure, and the Power Up Band challenge. Super Nintendo World will open in Japan on Feb. 4, 2021.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s Controversial New Weapons Have Been Nerfed

Following the integration of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with Warzone, a slew of new weapons were added, including the controversial DMR 14. This weapon was so overpowered that you could take other players out in only two shots, but thankfully, it has now been nerfed — at least slightly. A tweet from developer Raven Software indicates that its headshot damage has been reduced, along with a boost in recoil. Other weapons have been altered as well.

President of Acquire Talks on the Possibility of the Return of Tenchu

As part of an interview with Famitsu (thanks, Gematsu), Tenchu creator Takuma Endo revealed they would like to create a new entry in the series, specifically for PlayStation 5. Though, it’s unclear if this will ever come to fruition since FromSoftware still owns the IP. In 2018, the “Stealth Assassins” trademark was registered, leading some to think we’ll see a new entry at some point in the near future.

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Rockstar Offers Honor Reset for Red Dead Online

In celebration of the new year, Rockstar is giving Red Dead Online players a chance to “turn over a new leaf” by offering a free Honor Reset. The offer lasts for the duration of this week only and allows players to reset their Honor back to neutral status — making it easier to shift from bad to good, or vice-versa. Other limited-time features are implemented, like free haircuts and discounts on cosmetics.

Read More: Red Dead Online Encourages Players to Turn Over a New Leaf with a Free Honor Reset

Microsoft Tried to Buy Nintendo in 2000

Today, a report from Bloomberg indicated that Microsoft attempted to purchase Nintendo in 2000 but was ultimately met with laughter. Kevin Bachus, the director of third-party relations of Xbox at the time, said, “Steve (Ballmer) made us go meet with Nintendo to see if they would consider being acquired. They just laughed their asses off. Like, imagine an hour of somebody just laughing at you. That was kind of how that meeting went.” Interestingly, Microsoft tried to buy EA, Square Enix, and Midway — none of which came to be.

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Joseph Yaden
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