With Xbox Play Anywhere, Microsoft gives Xbox One and PC players the ability to game together online, and third-party releases like Fortnite have opened up the floodgates further by allowing cross-platform play between all consoles, PC, and mobile platforms.
Nintendo allows cross-platform play for certain games on the Switch, but the company will not be offering the feature in its own first-party games.
Speaking at an investors meeting, new Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa expressed Nintendo’s willingness to continue working with third-party partners interested in cross-platform play, but shot down the chance of similar functionality coming to series like Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros.
“That said, we have absolutely no plans to offer any Nintendo games as cross-platform titles at this time.”
Nintendo has often operated in ways that go against the industry standard — there’s no other way a tablet hybrid console could be made in 2018 — but expecting for the company to release its games on other systems is probably asking for too much.
Nintendo’s biggest selling point is its games.