During a recent interview with DenFamiNicoGamer, the president of Nihom Falcom - Toshihiro Kondo - revealed how the company has dealt with “online flaming” for many years due to the misconception the Japanese developer did not like Nintendo.
Even prior to the release of Ys VIII on the Nintendo Switch, the president explained how the developer’s local publisher, Nippon Ichi Software, received a call of concern from Nintendo's PR:
Recently right before releasing Ys VIII on the Nintendo Switch there was a bit of online flaming going on. Our publisher Nippon Ichi Software even got a phone call from Nintendo’s PR asking “Are you guys okay? and “Is Falcom okay?” But we didn’t think much of it.
The false accusations originally stem from the Nintendo DS generation when the system was at an all-time high and Falcom chose to publish games on the PSP instead:
At the time the Nintendo DS was extremely popular, so there was a flow of all the companies going with DS. After looking at the lineup of games that were selling on DS, we had a bit of a difficult time picturing our products fitting in there. Family-oriented games and games focusing on a younger audience were the ones becoming hits, after all.
In the end, the reason we decided to go with the PSP was because we determined that PSP users and Falcom fans simply overlapped. Although it was from there that people started saying “Falcom hates Nintendo."
He explained how the developer had even been approved by Nintendo to make games for the DS and said one had been planned out:
When the DS was booming, I went with former president Yamasaki (former Falcom president Shinji Yamasaki) to greet them in Kyoto. At the time we even had their approval for development.
However, when we visited Kyoto that time, we went with newly written plans for a command-based RPG type of Ys game. It’s a shame that we couldn’t make it happen…so we went that far and still had to be told “Falcom is hating”?
With Ys VIII now available on the Switch, hopefully it's clear Nihom Falcom maintains good relations with Nintendo.