Nintendo’s Family Image Makes a Yakuza Switch Port Unlikely as a Dragon Producer

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Yakuza is definitely an adult series. Drugs, alcohol, prostitution, and plenty of violence feature prominently in the Yakuza underworld. It’s definitely not something you expect to see next to Mario’s face.


And yet, Yakuza has expanded from its ancestral PlayStation platform to PC and even Xbox with the most recent game. This has some fans wondering why a Nintendo Switch port of the Yakuza games hasn’t happened already.

Turns out, it has everything to do with Nintendo’s family image. In an interview with GameSpotexecutive producer and Ryu Ga Gotoku studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama told the publication that Yakuza’s “underground” vibe doesn’t really lend itself to the kid-friendly Nintendo console.

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“Do we want to put a title like this where we walk around and pick a fight with the world and do all that Yakuza stuff, on a Switch?” Yokoyama asked rhetorically.

“We still think of ourselves as night people, right? We don’t want to walk around in the daytime with everyone,” Yokoyama explained. “As for us, it’s kind of showing that underground kind of feeling. I think that underground kind of feeling is what we want to do.”

It’s a bit of an odd position to take given that the Switch is home to games like the overly sexualized Catherine: Full Body, the hyper-violent Mortal Kombat 11, or the even lesser Grand Theft Auto: Definitive Edition trilogy. healthy. in its portrayal of the criminal underground than Yakuza is.

Although it looks like the Yakuza series won’t be coming to Switch anytime soon, there are plenty of new Yakuza games on the way. Last night Stat Of Play announced Like a Dragon: Ishin, a remake of the Yakuza Ishin games that were never released outside of Japan. At the Tokyo Game Show, Sega also confirmed that Yakuza 8 is on the way as well as Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, which will tell Kiryu’s story after the events of Yakuza 6 and tell us how and why he’ will reappear in Yakuza 8.

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