Yakuza creator talks Nintendo and Super Monkey Ball launch
To be honest, I wrote this short story on the assumption that Toshihiro Nagoshi I had commented that the reason why Yakuza had no delivery in Nintendo Switch it was because he considered this console to be intended for children and adolescents. The reason is very simple: the font I was using indicated it as is. All this due to the fact that in an interview on the official channel of SEGA Europe the comment had been made.
However, as you can understand, far from wanting to expose such news without making the necessary verifications, I made the (wise) decision to check the original source, i.e. the interview, before publishing anything. After all, it would have been very strange for an official channel SEGA
As I write these lines, several media have published the news that the person responsible for the saga Yakuza, the already mentioned Toshihiro Nagoshi, stated that the consoles of Nintendo are for children and adolescents, which implies that this is the reason why the saga did not make the leap to Nintendo Switch up to date. His exact words in English are:
IN: I think even now the Nintendo platform is still a game console that’s played by a wide range of age groups, but basically I think it’s material for kids and teens. In the midst of it all, at that point Nintendo was also putting a lot of effort into the kids’ market, and I thought that would fit.
Now where is the catch? Well in the question I was answering Nagoshi, which had nothing to do with the saga Yakuza. In fact, he wasn’t even talking about a recent situation. Instead, the investigator asked him about Super monkey ball, the first SEGA game released on console Nintendo in 2001 and whether this affected development (including Nagoshi was the manager).
Obviously the words are as they are, and it is that, in the opinion of Nagoshi, the consoles of Nintendo Yes, they would be focused on that audience, but they’re not the only ones which makes it explicit in stating that they have an audience with a broad age range.
What, Yakuza has nothing to do with the comment made, being the most likely reason for its absence in Nintendo Switch or the low sales of the version released in Wii U, market studies that do not see it profitable or material limitations. It should be noted that this clickbait that I could see right now in the Anglo-Saxon media, so if it reaches you, keep one thing in mind: it is NOT true.
You can see this moment at the 12:00 minute