Monday, May 19, 2014

Mike Ybarra tweeted a photo of Mario. Should we read into this as a hint at something?

Mike Ybarra, is the Partner Studio Manager at Microsoft as well as Xbox Studios.  This guy is in the know when it comes to  other studios who are going to be partnering with Microsoft at any point now or in the near future.  So it is a little strange that he is tweeting pictures of Mario this close to E3 and talking about it in a semi-cryptic way such as he did.

The picture in the link is of Mario from what appears to be Super Mario 64 era or later. Why is he all of a sudden tweeting about Mario.  If you look through his other photos it is almost always  pictures of Xbox properties or games that have since come to Xbox.  So it is a little head scratching when he randomly posts a photo of Mario.  The odds of Microsoft getting Mario on the Xbox One are astronomically small I would imagine, but it does kinda spark a little bit of dreaming in the brain.

For those of you who do not know Mike Ybarra is:

Partner Studio Manager, Xbox Studios


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Games industry
November 2010 – Present (3 years 7 months) Redmond, Washington
In this role Mike is accountable to manage the resources and budget across Microsoft Studios worldwide publishing effort, including Gears of War/Age of Empires/Kingdoms and other TBA titles for the Xbox platform. His organization includes Creative, Engineering, Design, Test and Program Management talent. Ultimate accountability includes: management of a several hundred million dollar P&L, new IP generation, partner engagement/management and talent growth. In specific Mike is accountable for:

1) $300+M fiscal P&L across numerous game titles.
2) Establishing new entertainment IP.
3) Development and success of multiple (4+) console titles.
4) Cross divisional alignment on future planning.
5) Building a worldclass publishing and studio organization.

The organization is also responsible for future platform and content work.


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