In an interview posted by Sega Europe for its 60th anniversary, Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi addressed Nintendo’s consoles. With Super Monkey Ball being the first game developed on a Nintendo platform, the question revolved around if the developer encountered any issues.
Nagoshi-san responded, “I think even now the Nintendo platform is still a game console that is played by a wide range of age groups, but basically, I think it’s hardware for kids and teens.” the creator continues, “Amid all that, at that time, Nintendo was also putting a lot of effort into the kids market, and I thought it would suit.”
Whether or not this means we won’t be seeing any Yakuza games ported to the Switch is speculative, but it seems his focus is on bringing a more friendly lineup of games to the console. However, these stories are being told in retrospect, so perhaps his mind can be changed in the future. It’s true, though, that in this current generation of consoles, the Switch has become wildly underpowered compared to its counterparts, demanding more resources from developers to port their games.
We’d love to see Yakuza on Switch, but it doesn’t seem like that is the works at this time. In a previous interview, Yakuza producer Daisuke Sato stated that Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U was a “huge failure.” and also said, ” know that brings in a greater audience to attract more people. However, as far as Switch is concerned, I’m convinced that it isn’t the ideal platform on which to develop Yakuza games. Maybe people don’t expect this kind of game on Switch. Maybe they’re used to different games. It may not be the ideal platform.”
You can watch the interview below with the comment appearing at 11:58:
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