Switch is “hardware for kids and teens”
Sega’s Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi was interviewed for Sega’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and he took the opportunity to give his opinion on the console wars.
Nagoshi acts as producer on the Yakuza series, and has worked as a designer, director and producer for Sega since 1989.
The famously outspoken executive said that he regards Switch as more for “kids and teens” and that while Switch is “still a game console that is played by a wide range of age groups,” it’s still basically “hardware for kids and teens.”
Family friendly: That might explain why there are no Yakuza games appearing on Switch, although it's not impossible that there's an element of sour grapes involved too: In 2018, Nagoshi revealed that Nintendo had turned down publishing the original Yakuza.
Monkey business: The Wii U port of Yakuza was a flop, although that's probably more down to the general failure of the Wii U than Yakuza being a poor product-market fit. Let's hope Nagoshi will still bring the new Super Monkey Ball to Nintendo's platform even if his opinion of the platform could be higher.