Nippon Ichi Software - the Japanese developer and publisher best known for Disgaea on the Switch in recent times - has had plenty of success thanks to its release of Disgaea 5 Complete. In last month's issue of Edge magazine, company President Sohei Niikawa discussed how Disgaea 5 was "practically" a launch title for the Switch and once again spoke about the strong sales on the system in both Japan and the west:
It’s true: Disgaea 5 was practically a launch title for the Switch. That had a huge positive effect for us. Releasing the company’s flagship title, even if it was a port, for Nintendo’s flagship hardware close to launch was a boon for us; it sold incredibly well both in Japan and abroad.
Niikawa went on to explain how Nintendo had been exceptionally supportive, to the point it helped teach Nippon Ichi's team about the new hardware:
It’s important to note that Nintendo was extremely supportive. They came to Gifu several times to teach us in person about the hardware and its ins and outs. I am incredibly grateful to Nintendo, this giant of the industry, for coming out to the middle of nowhere to support us.
The president also said how the Switch was the perfect system to appeal to both Japanese and western markets because it closes the gap between handheld and console systems:
The Switch is the ideal piece of hardware. Right now, in Western territories, non-handheld software is what sells. On the other hand, in Japan portable software is highly popular. This has created an issue in the past for developers, a gap between Japanese playing habits and those found in the rest of the world. The Switch closes this gap, by meeting the needs of both audiences. So we worked hard to be there right at the beginning. And it’s working out for us.
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