Sega’s Yakuza games have been associated with Sony’s consoles for a long time now. There was a brief Japan-only trial of the series on Wii U with the 2013 release of Yakuza 1 & 2 HD, but sales bombed with the bundle shipping less than 2000 copies in its debut week.
In a recent interview with EDGE, Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed Nintendo didn’t want the first Yakuza game when it was originally pitched:
I've never said this before, but while we released this game with Sony, I'd done presentations about it to Microsoft and Nintendo. Back then they said "No we don't want it." Now they say, "We want it!" (laughs) They didn't understand the reason why I created it.
In July this year, Yakuza producer Daisuke Sato said the franchise was unlikely to be released on the Nintendo Switch following the failure of Yakuza 1 & 2 HD on the Wii U:
When it comes to Switch, I am convinced that it would not be the ideal platform on which to develop Yakuza games. Maybe the public is not expecting that kind of game on Switch. They may be used to different games. It may not be the ideal platform.
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