Almost two weeks ago, we brought you the news that Japanese Wii U owners will be treated to Yakuza 1 & 2 HD, which is the Wii U version of the same package that launched on the PS3 in November last year. The title was shown during a "SEGA Direct" section of the Nintendo Direct broadcast, after a worldwide partnership with SEGA had been announced.
In a recent interview with Toshihiro Nagoshi, the surprisingly tanned producer behind the series, the Wii U release was outlined as an "experiment" to see how many owners of the console would be interested in the game.
We're not aiming to see if the game will be a smash hit. Our real intention is that we want to see how people respond.
It's highly unlikely that the franchise will make its way over to the 3DS, as Nagoshi simply said "It's not possible", after being asked whether Yakuza would release on the handheld. When quizzed about the chances of a spin-off title similar to Yakuza: Black Panther on the PSP, his response was:
I'd do it if it were okay to have a Yakuza game without many people walking around the city... But it would be forcing it, no?
So if this "experiment" proves successful, will we see future titles from the Yakuza series being released on Nintendo systems? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.