Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Says Nintendo Switch Is "For Kids And Teens"
Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi is apparently not a huge fan of the Nintendo Switch. In a recent interview posted on the Sega Europe YouTube page, SEGA Japan’s Chief Creative Officer was asked about developing a game for the gaming console.
“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. Amid all that, at that time, Nintendo was also putting a lot of effort into the kids market, and I thought it would suit,” he said.
It seems Yakuza fans shouldn’t expect a port of the game on the Nintendo Switch anytime soon. Nagoshi’s comments echo those of series producer Daisuke Sato who previously called the HD ports of Yakuza and Yakuza 2 on the WiiU “a disaster” and said the series would make no sense on the Switch. Although Nagoshi hasn’t discarded the idea altogether, it doesn’t seem like a priority, especially since Yakuza is intended for adults.
In Yakuza, the game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu, a former yakuza who is released from prison after serving time for the murder of his clan’s patriarch. Kiryu returns to the Japanese underworld to recover $100 million stolen from his former clan. In the sequel, the yakuza returns to his clan after a gang war breaks out. Both games were a critical and commercial success.
While Nintendo Switch does appeal to younger age groups, it also has its share of adult fans. The success of adult-oriented games like Witcher 3, Doom and Wolfenstein II on the system is proof that not all developers necessarily agree with Nagoshi’s assessment. His feelings about the platform may not be one-sided though. In a 2018 with EDGE magazine, the SEGA exec claimed that Nintendo had passed on the chance to publish the original Yakuza game.
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