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When Cuphead was revealed during the recent Nindie Direct presentation, it somewhat confirmed rumours about Microsoft bringing a selection of Xbox exclusives to the Nintendo Switch.

As surreal as it might be, it's got many people wondering how such an idea came about in the first place. According to Daniel Bloodworth from Easy Allies – who spoke to one of the Cuphead developers at the 2019 Game Developers Conference yesterday – Microsoft actively approached StudioMDHR and asked the team if it would create a Switch version of the classic run and gun 2D platformer.

Over the past few months, Microsoft has stated how it wants more people playing its games and using its services. During an interview with GeekWire not long ago, the head of Xbox Phil Spencer said the company was eager to push cross-device play and expand the reach of its Game Pass service. Just yesterday, it even said Switch users could look forward to "more games" like Cuphead coming to Nintendo's hybrid device with Xbox Live-enabled services over the next year.

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