While it might seem like Ninjala could potentially generate a lot more interest on systems like the Xbox, PlayStation and PC - you know, platforms without a game called Splatoon, GungHo Online Entertainment isn't really interested (at least for now) in releasing the team-based bubble gum brawler elsewhere.
In an interview with GamesBeat, GungHo president Kazuki Morishita was asked about the possibility of the game coming to other platforms in relation to the possible addition of cross-play. While the team doesn't necessarily want to limit Ninjala to one platform, right now they feel the Switch is the most suitable platform. It's also got "a lot of drive" from Nintendo, apparently:
Do you want to go beyond the Switch to other platforms and enable cross-communication between those platforms?
"We don’t want to restrict the game to one platform, but to be honest, Ninjala goes really well with the Nintendo Switch. I don’t think that expanding to other platforms is a bad idea, but currently Ninjala has a lot of drive from Nintendo behind it, and we think the Switch is the most suitable platform at the moment."
Perhaps if interest drops or updates begin to slow down, these will be the next steps to help increase the lifespan of the game.
Ninjala celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. Since its launch, the free-to-play title available on the Switch eShop has surpassed more than seven million downloads worldwide. Currently, it's hosting a special Demon Slayer anime collab.
Would you like to see this game on other platforms? How about a cross-play feature? Are you still playing Ninjala on the Nintendo Switch? Share your thoughts down below.
As someone who loves this game, I would love to see it go to other consoles and PC with cross-play. I think it would be cool if more could be able to play and enjoy this game.
PS4 / PS5, please.
With all updates and contents in disc.
I just don't want the other consoles to leave the switch behind, Like if they ended up adding cross platform play cough Overwatch cough
I also would kind be a little, if the other ended up getting platform only stuff, And the switch doesn't get anything.
But for the most part, more people playing this game is good.
I see how it is...use Nintendo and then abandon them to late DLC and patch fixes. Go to your PS and PC like all the others. (FYI: I've never installed or played this game in my life.)
If people want a Splatoon-like game on other platforms, then why not get a developer to do so? We already have clones of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.
@Snatcher if it ever went cross-platform Switch players will already have a ton of exclusive items from all the Ninjala Passes
Ah yes, "a lot of drive"...😬
@Clarice Ah yes, "a lot of drive"...😬
In other words they're paying the bills to keep the lights on right now and we kinda sorta need that
Something that confuses me in the article is the fact that Gung-Ho said that Ninjala has "a lot of drive from Nintendo", when I feel that Nintendo is supporting Knockout City more currently, than they were of Ninjala a year ago, unless I'm missing something, that is.
I do hope that Ninjala eventually gets released on other platforms, as I feel that it would definitely rise in popularity if that happened. I hope that Ninjala becomes as popular as Splatoon, although not as popular as Fortnite or Among Us, because quite a lot of people would start to hate on it.
THANK YOU for writing this article, I really appreciate it. I hope you guys continue to write Ninjala articles for the foreseeable future.
I just have one small request, when you guys write Ninjala articles in the future, could you guys please add the Ninjala tag to each article? I've noticed that the Ninjala tag is hit and miss on the articles, and I think it might give it a bit more exposure (and comments) to Ninjala articles on here if you guys added the Ninjala tag more consistently, if that makes sense. If you guys, aren't able to, it's fine, I just think it would boost the Ninjala articles a bit.
If Ninjala ever has a multi-platform release, and it got cross-play, I don't think the Switch version would get behind, as it already runs on Unreal Engine 4 @60fps, and I believe the resolution is between 720p to 1080p, which has never really been done on Switch before with UE4 AFAIK, especially with a game that has such an online focus.
I think it's because Splatoon would (most likely) be a harder game to replicate than Smash, as Splatoon is "Full 3D" while Smash is 2.5D, it's also probably because Splatoon is majority online-focused, while Smash has quite a few offline modes, while having online as an option, and I feel like more people would be hesitant with a Splatoon clone than a Smash clone, for some reason. I hope I'm making (at least) some sense.
Also, do you play Ninjala by any chance? 🤔
I also found that part confusing as well, but maybe Nintendo's giving more support behind the scenes than publicly, for some odd reason.
Also, do you guys play Ninjala by any chance? 🤔
@SM3DASislit I hope so, bc I don't think the game is really, well money hungry, not at all actually, as a lot of the stuff I got was stuff they gave out for free.
@SM3DASislit nope! Are you looking to hook up?
@SM3DASislit Nah I don't play it.
Not with that netcode.
Ninjala has become one of my favorite games as of recent, so to see it on other platforms is a great move. It wouldn't hurt to expand your player base, after all
I'm VERY, very, sorry for the really, really, really, late responses, guys.
Yeah, for sure. I think Ninjala just gets a bad rep because of the fact that it’s free to play.
Okay, thanks for letting me know. No, I'm not looking to hook up at all. You might want to be careful when asking that question on here in the future, as you'll probably not get a nice response from someone else on here, since this is a Nintendo site, and not a dating site. Just wanted to let you know.
Okay, thanks for letting me know.
@Ninjalaislit lol no! I meant hookup as in playing Ninjala online together, not dating! 😱🤣
Oh, that makes much more sense. Sorry for not realizing you meant hookup for Ninjala. Usually, hookup is used for dating (or other things), so I'm assumed you meant hookup in the dating sort of sense.
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