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Developers indicate that Nintendo is very open to having mature / risqué games on Switch

Posted on October 14, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

The Wall Street Journal published a rather interesting article yesterday. The publication talked about mature / risqué games on Switch, and how Nintendo is very open to having these types of games on the console. Although the full piece is behind a paywall, we do have some excerpts.

Nintendo Co. is encouraging some producers of violent or risqué videogames to provide content for its Switch console in an attempt to shed its image as a maker of devices just for families, software developers say.

The software lineup for the Switch includes “Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon,” an action role-playing game featuring lightly clothed female characters; “Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura,” a game primarily for the Japanese market that allows players to massage young women; and “Doom,” a bloody shoot-’em-up game.

Developers say more titles for mature audiences are coming after Nintendo encouraged them to publish a wide range of games for the Switch.

Inti Creates Co. said last month it would release “Gal*Gun 2” for the Switch early next year in the U.S., Japan and Europe. The company has released other titles in the series for PlayStation, Xbox and personal computers. In the game, players try to hit young women with pheromone shots.

Takuya Aizu, chief executive of Inti Creates, said he initially assumed Nintendo wouldn’t be interested in the game, but in discussions with the company, it welcomed the idea of bringing it to the Switch. “I thought it wouldn’t be possible to release such a game for the Switch, but surprisingly, Nintendo gave me positive feedback,” Mr. Aizu said.

Others mention Nintendo were passive about this in the past, but would be described differently today.

Other software makers described a similar message. One executive at an outside developer said that when it came to risqué or violent titles, Nintendo “was passive until now, but that is no longer the right word to describe its stance today.”

Nintendo said games for its machines covered a variety of playing styles, genres and ratings. “As with books, television and movies, different content is meant for different audiences,” the company said.

At a Switch presentation in January, the venue was enveloped in a nightclub-like atmosphere. Shinya Takahashi, a Nintendo executive, told The Wall Street Journal at the time that the aim was to attract grown-up game players in the West.

DMM.com Group, a Japanese company whose products include games for smartphones and personal computers, said it chose Switch to release its first console game, “Gal Metal.” The game, for all ages, is about an all-girl high-school band fighting against aliens with heavy-metal performances.

“Nintendo has opened its window to more developers, and it has gotten much kinder to companies new to Nintendo platforms,” said Takayuki Fujii, the producer of “Gal Metal.”

It is too soon to say whether the efforts are paying off. The Switch version of “Nights of Azure 2,” has sold 6,317 copies in Japan as of Oct. 8 since it was released in late August, according to videogame magazine Famitsu. The U.S. release is in late October.

An official at Koei Tecmo Holdings Co., the developer of the game, described sales for the Switch version as “not bad,” although sales are higher for the PlayStation 4 version because more people own that machine.

Mantanweb also shares a quote from GzBrain CEO Hirokazu Hamamura and was formally associated with Famitsu. Hamamura says that developers were waiting to see how Switch would sell, and have now started working on games for the console. He believes we’ll begin seeing more titles from these companies in 2019 or so.

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  • Aline Piroutek

    Now we need Dead or Alive on Switch, to compete with Street Fighter II.

    • JoRge S. Princival Junior

      Concordo

    • And Tekken 7

      • TDude73

        Exactly! And Bandai Namco needs to bring the Soul Calibur franchise back immediately!

        • Game_God

          Yesterday was already too late for some SoulCalibur goodness, with Link, Sheik, Impa, Ganon, a Goron fighter!!!

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    • Paddy Alfan

      the martial arts fighting or the butt fighting?

      • Gregory Weagle

        The Volleyball game.

      • Aline Piroutek

        The last Dead or Alive Xtreme was really bad and lacking content.

    • Gregory Weagle

      KOEI-Tecmo not giving us Dead Or Alive is kind of odd considering that we are getting Attack On Titan 2 on Switch; which is far from a kids production. It’s also odd considering K-T’s one of Switch’s biggest supporters.

      • Jeff Moreira

        Attack on Titan is on my list for next year. Can’t wait to play it. Wish they would release the first one on the eshop

      • R.Z.

        AoT is just a gorey shonen, there’s nothing risque with it as far as I can tell (I read some 13 volumes I think before stopping) it’s still aimed at kids, just older ones.
        It’s not the same kind of adult content as DoA.
        That being said the “mainline” DoA fighting games aren’t too scandalous either.
        man, I really want DoA 5 to come to Switch …

    • Exy

      I’m still holding out hope that they’ll get around to remastering Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate.

      • Aline Piroutek

        I like more the Dead or Alive games prior the 5.
        The visuals are better in my opinion.

  • Paddy Alfan

    2 south park games played on the go would be super.

    • Game_God

      Couldn’t agree more!!! Seems doable tech-wise & it’s Ubi doing both of them, so “What the actual F*ck are they Waiting For??????????”

      • Gregory Weagle

        I recall from Emily Rogers that Ubi Soft’s Switch games would not be higher than a T-Rating. That was the impression I got. Things might change in 2018 though, so who knows.

        • Stuart

          From the interviews I saw from Ubisoft and EA,it seens they still think they are dealing with the same audience as the Wii. It is a shame but at least Ubi is doing a far better support than EA.

          • Game_God

            Ubi gave us Zombie U… I would buy Zombie Switch!

  • Toni

    The very first switch presentation trailer was already indicating which direction they wanted to go with this, but I’m still glad they’re finally doing it, a balance is always key

    • Gregory Weagle

      The later ones have been more balanced since then, but still more geared to older audiences. I’m guessing Nintendo has realized that kids don’t care what age is playing the games, as long as the gadget is cool.

      • MG_Salad

        I think they also realized that adults will be much easier to sell to with a 720p screen rather than a 240p screen.

        • Gregory Weagle

          Well; that works too, I guess.

        • awng782

          Agreed. In this day and age where everyone has relatively powerful, high-definition smartdevice on them at all times, 240p games are a hard sell to almost any casual consumer.

          On the other hand, seeing Breath of the Wild running on a device the size of the Switch is going to grab just about anyone’s attention.

          • Gregory Weagle

            Yeah; I realized that when I opened the boxes and saw the controllers and was like “Holy darn; that’s system seemed bigger on the box!”

  • TheGoomba

    Are we sure this is referring to NoA and not Japan? NoA wants to be a wholesome company for pure Christian families.

    • Reggie

      I don’t think we would be getting these titles localized and published if that were the case.

      • Jaxad0127

        NoE can still do the localization. They do share the translation workload for English (and possibly French and Spanish).

        • Aline Piroutek

          Yeah, Europe do less mess than NoA in localization(see Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon for example).

        • Reggie

          The games are still sold in the North American market.

      • Jaxad0127

        Also just realized, we’re talking third party games, so translation can easily be done elsewhere.

    • Tlink7

      How does Bayonetta fit into that picture you’ve painted? 😛

    • NoA doesn’t mind appealing to adults, they just don’t want to be seen as appealing to pedophiles.

  • WTFISTHISSHIT?

    Does this mean we can expect more effort for Xenoblade 2 and showing respect to f***ing Fatal Frame?

    • hi v3.0

      I hope Nintendo starts promoting Xenoblade 2 more next month and I’m sure there will be a new Fatal Frame eventually and with the concept of the Switch, Nintendo can be like “you can bring horror and spirit camera on the go!” lol

      • Aline Piroutek

        They need to promote Xenoblade more. My favorite series all time. Didn’t sold a lot(endlife of Wii, New 3DS exclusive, Low installed base from WiiU).

        • hi v3.0

          Same I love XC1 and XCX

          • Ragnell

            Same. Love them both for what they are.

        • masterjedi

          I’m sure we will see more advertisements for Xenoblade next month. They’re not going to cannibalize their audience for Odyssey by distracting them with Xenoblade promotions.

        • ben

          Marketing is very expensive and can ruin a games balance sheet. Promoting Mario is always going to pay off but promoting smaller games damages their profitability. Bethesda are the current kings of marketing analyse. Bethesda has stopped spending on almost all its games and relies on putting out good games to its fan base and word of mouth.

          Bayonetta 1 sold over 2 million copies but thanks to its marketing budget it was a commercial failure. On the other hand Xenoblade X sold less than a million and was a success.

        • Game_God
          • awesomeparadise3

            I recall one Arms trailer for the new update zooming in on Twintelle on a certain area.

      • where are all you people going all the time

        i know hiv3 is in the back of the car with his mom driving

    • Exy

      I just want to know how Night Trap couldn’t get in.

      • ben

        Adult content games not bad games.

        • Exy

          Night Trap isn’t an adult content game. And that’s not even the issue.

  • MG_Salad

    Glad to see the Vita 2 is getting some third party love!

    • TDude73

      Ha ha ha ha!

  • Jacob Groves

    We got Skyrim, Doom, Wolfenstein 2, Hollow, LA Noire and more on way to Switch. It is awesome that Switch have lots of mature games now and future. 🙂

    • MG_Salad

      I’m shocked and glad to see Bethesda is going all in on the Switch.

      • Jacob Groves

        Hehehe I were shocked first time when Bethesda and Nintendo announced Skyrim. I were super shocked when Doom and Wolfenstein 2 announced last month. Lol

        Beth-Ninety is best. 😉

  • From Software Switch exclusive horror game please. Thanks.

  • theFooFighter

    More Bethesda games please

    • TDude73

      A-to the-men, Foo!

  • hi v3.0

    Well more mature games equal more third parties which is always good

  • Imparcial

    Dear Nintendo,
    New Disaster day of crisis, please.

    • Game_God

      I love Monolith to death, but Disaster was broken gameplay mess sadly…

  • shani

    The Wii and Wii U (and even the Gamecube and N64) also had mature and bloody games.
    But yeah, Nintendo’s stance might’ve become even more lax nowadays.

  • Busterblade

    Good, they’re getting rid of their kiddy image. I hope it will be favourable to them.

    • Tlink7

      As long as they make Mario Kart, the kiddie image will stay with a certain crowd. Those people aren’t going to buy a Switch anyway, so that doesn’t really matter. As long as devs know ”mature” games sell, it is fiiine 😀

      • Radish

        The hilarious thing is that the people who say Nintendo is a kiddie company with kiddie games are the same people who want Nintendo to go third party so they make games for their console xD

    • Symbol de Au

      No they’re not. Don’t get your hopes anywhere.

  • masterjedi

    I always find it funny that Nintendo has such a reputation as a “kid company.” They’ve had lots of adult themed games in their history.

    Nintendo 64
    Goldeneye and Perfect Dark were very mature shooters that were pretty violent for their time.
    Conker’s Bad Fur Day was full of lewd content.

    Gamecube
    Eternal Darkness was a very adult horror game with lots of violence.

    Wii
    Dead Space: Extraction was a violent shooter with lots of blood and cursing.
    The Conduit was the same way.

    WiiU
    Bayonetta. Need I say more?

    And that’s just in my own personal gaming experience. There were lots of other games out there on Nintendo systems like Resident Evil (started with Nintendo) Silent Hill and Cursed Mountain that were very mature.

    I like that the trend of mature games appearing on Nintendo platforms is going to continue with the Switch. I’m really looking forward to Hollow and I want to check out Knights of Azura 2 when it releases as well.

    • Sinton

      That’s true, but there’s also several times where Nintendo has censored games, for instance the Mortal Kombat on the Super Nintendo (the Sega Mega Drive version had blood), and more recent, censorship on western releases (Xenoblade Chronicles X).

      • KnightWonder

        Two things wrong with that comparison: One was back in the early 90s, and the more recent one was a 1st party game. Nowadays they let third parties do whatever they want.

        • Sinton

          Sure, but that’s why people still think Nintendo is blocking or censoring mature games or content. I’m not saying it’s true.

      • masterjedi

        Fair point.

    • Tlink7

      For every ”mature” game on those Nintendo consoles, there are about twenty ”kiddie” titles

      • masterjedi

        I don’t think that should pigeonhole them as a kiddie company though. They have a history of offering a wide variety of games. Maybe they have more kid/family friendly games, but they have had an awful lot of “mature” games on their consoles.

        • Tlink7

          I don’t think it should either, but those people will think up an excuse to not like Nintendo no matter what the company does

  • Stuart

    Amazing to see Nintendo being so open with thirds. First with the architecture of the console and the support of many different engines,then with crossplay and now with this.

    But meanwhile… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86aa4f100e615972072b9a644050c107aa08e8eb1cc8b63a1374eb567de92da7.jpg

    • Radish

      If Capcom thinks Switch owners won’t buy Disney Afternoon games or Mega Man or Monster Hunter, why would they think we would buy any of their mature titles? (except RE apparently).

      • Adrian Brown

        I want to believe that they aren’t that stupid. That’s why a part of me believes the rumors about Sony paying them to not release games on Nintendo platforms.

        • Radish

          How can Sony even afford to match the potential sales of Capcom games on Switch to keep them off Switch? Isn’t Sony struggling financially at the moment?

        • Stuart

          I wish I could believe a huge company like that couldn’t be that dumb, but Capcom is on the way to break the record of stupid decisions. Either from their support on Nintendo and non-Nintendo consoles.

  • Gamingfan

    the snes and n64 were the golden nintendo era’s. good consoles and had mature games.

  • Vigilante_blade

    Nintendo, make some dark games like Majora’s Mash or Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. Would be refreshing.

    • Radish

      So aren’t you just part of the problem then if you are buying “kiddie” games like Super Mario Odyssey? You are asking for “dark” and “mature” games yet you are buying “kiddie” games.

      • SpectralDynamite

        He’s not though… because muh tradishunal kuntrolz.

  • R.Z.

    It’s crazy how Nintendo couldn’t lose that reputation in over twenty years.
    Since the Gamecube there have been tens if not hundreds of games with very “adult” content on Nintendo consoles and some devs are still going on about how they don’t think Nintendo is interested in their games.

    I could totally get it if they just thought the market wasn’t there, but they keep going on about how Nintendo as a company doesn’t want these games and that’s what’s preventing them from releasing.

    Plus I’m sure we’ll keep hearing that stuff for the generations to come, no matter what comes to Switch.

  • ben

    Playing the evil within 2 on PC right now… Bethesda.. you know what to do! Awesome game.

  • Fandangle

    No they aren’t. If they are then they would allow AO games and promote their more adult games more. This is more of a way to tell japanese VN developers that they’re open to stealing whatever is left of the Vita’s audience.

    • awng782

      Retailers literally won’t sell any Adults Only games.

      • Fandangle

        Physical retailers wont. It doesn’t stop literally anyone from buying adult material. Just because Wal-Mart doesn’t sell dirty mags or videos doesn’t mean that you literally can never get a hold of them. Console manufacturers are the only real ones because they refuse to license games with AO ratings on their system.

        • awng782

          So if physical retailers won’t sell your AO games, then why bother? 80-85% of Nintendo’s game sales come from physical software. Being unable to sell the game at a retail store basically kills it. The game will be DOA.

          Nintendo is in the business of selling video game hardware and software to the mass markets, not to sell pornographic content to a people wanting to pleasure themselves.

          I can somewhat understand the argument of “Why doesn’t Nintendo make M-rated games?”, because there are plenty of M-rated games, and many sell very well. But AO-rated games? Please list one relevant AO-rated game that was released in the last decade that wasn’t immediately pulled from store shelves in order to be “censored” to an M-rated game?

          • Fandangle

            I’m going to take your points out of the order you made them because honestly I’m in no real mood to deal with you if you don’t understand what I’m saying.

            I can somewhat understand the argument of “Why doesn’t Nintendo make M-rated games?”, because there are plenty of M-rated games, and many
            sell very well.

            I literally NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER said nintendo should make M or AO rated games. Which bleeds into:

            80-85% of Nintendo’s game sales come from physical software. Being unable to sell the game at a retail store basically kills it. The game will be DOA.

            Firstly that’s for nintendo’s first party sales and that number has changed drastically as time passes. We’ve seen it already on other consoles where the demand for digital is so high that they’ve released consoles with a terabyte hdd. Games like this are usually low budget, made with low budget in mind, or have a brand to them with a dedicated following that will absolutely buy it if their interest’s overlap.

            Secondly: Your response to products with a certain classification that brings “low sales” is to completely ban anyone from ever releasing a game with that classification, forcing them into the PC market or the bootleg market. The former of which is already set to overtake consoles within the next 10 years and the latter of which seems to be the bane of nintendo’s existence. Your reaction makes me think you’re just an idiot.

            I feel like you’re missing my point here. I’m not saying nintendo should make hentai. I’m saying that if they were really dedicated to allowing more adult games they wouldn’t be so censorship happy and they wouldn’t ban AO games on their console. They ACTUALLY reject the licenses of any game rated AO banning it from legally being sold for their system.

            So if physical retailers won’t sell your AO games, then why bother?

            Because that’s only major retailers like wal mart and gamestop. Again I point to the adult industry which does perfectly fine without the ability to sell through wal mart and other major retailers.

            But AO-rated games? Please list one relevant AO-rated game that was
            released in the last decade that wasn’t immediately pulled from store
            shelves in order to be “censored” to an M-rated game?

            This is an argumental fallacy born from your own ignorance. The AO rating is a classification made purely to force developers to censor and avoid certain content that the four execs in charge of Nintendo, Sony, MS, and the ESRB deem worthy. It’s essetially a state wide ban for their games ensuring low sales so most developers avoid it like the plague which is the problem. Sales are not an issue here. Sales are not an issue in this discussion at all. Sales isn’t even remotely related to the topic. Sales have nothing to do with anything about AO ratings and why they’re banned. This is about content that developers want to make and companies like the three console developers work to outright ban them.

            But anyway, just to rub it in your face a bit there are a handful of AO games like Manhunt 2 which was praised yet outright banned on all consoles until they released a highly censored version of it. There was also the initial release of GTA san Andreas. Also Hatred which was a mildly popular PC games. And then there is the popular Leisure Suit Larry series. And then there are other countries where their equivalent of AO is much easier to attain, like Germany or Australia. There are entire games that don’t see release outside of japan due to worries about AO rating. The reason more don’t come out because it is virtually impossible to make them for anything but PC, and at that point it’s MUCH easier to just release them unrated (like many adult game makers already do) and release them on their own site or through one of the MANY dedicated websites to selling adult media.

            You seem overly defensive and you don’t seem to even understand the point I was initially trying to make. Please read the article and then my initial post again.

    • TheGoomba

      Do ANY of the consoles have AO-rated games, even in Japan?

      • Fandangle

        No because the console manufacturers have outright banned them.

    • MagcargoMan

      I’m sure the five members of the Vita’s audience will be disappointed at the rich flow of exclusive games slowing down.

  • YamiryuuZero

    Can we get Dark Souls and Bloodbourne on the Switch? That would be awesome!

    • MagcargoMan

      But then the PlayStation 4 will lose one of it’s only exclusives.

      • YamiryuuZero

        Dark Souls was released for the PS3 and XB360, Dark Souls II was released for PS3, XB360 and PC, and Dark Souls III was developed for PS4, XBO and PC.

        The Dark Souls series has never been exclusive to Sony (excluding Demon Souls, which Sony owns the rights for, apparently). While Bloodborne is indeed exclusive, it’s not uncommon for titles to be only “limited time” exclusive (See Rayman Legends and ZombiU).

        Besides, I don’t see the downside of Bloodborne being released for other platforms, unless you’re Sony.

        • MagcargoMan

          I was only referring to Bloodborne. Plus I was making a joke about how PS4 has few exclusives.

          • YamiryuuZero

            Oh, right. Yeah, jokes are hard to get in text.

  • razisgosu

    Too bad Nintendo of America is still a censor happy worthless company.

    • TDude73

      That’s gonna change now that Kimishima is in charge of the company.

      • razisgosu

        I sincerely doubt that. We’ll see if Fates gets an uncensored release on the Switch though.

  • It’s just kind of funny to me to see reporting of another website’s info, and not going paying to have full access.

  • it’s weird that so-called “mature” games are most loved by the least mature people

  • MagcargoMan

    So “mature” in the same sense as Family Guy being considered “adult” then.

  • Hey, Tak Fujii! I was just wondering whatever happened to him.

  • Anyone who’s been following Nintendo since the N64 era knows they’ve been open to adult-rated games from third parties, and anyone who hasn’t ends up publishing a story like this every time they hear about one. The real story here is that Nintendo is more aggressively courting third-party support on the Switch overall.

  • Ultimaniacx4

    So wtf was up with Fatal Frame or Tokyo Mirage sessions? They’re open to being risque but not too much but actually are but only sometimes?

    • TDude73

      Things have changed after the Wii U era was completely over.

      • Ultimaniacx4

        With news that they’re sending representatives from NA and EU to the production studios in Japan for their games to make sure they’re “understanding of the ratings and ratings implications” to censor games as they’re making them, I don’t believe that for one second.

    • R.Z.

      They were first party games, Nintendo localized them how they thought was best and it has nothing to do with this statement and third party content.

      • Ultimaniacx4

        TMS was developed by Atlus.

        • R.Z.

          TMS was second party, true, still Nintendo’s “property” that they could do whatever they want with.

          • Ultimaniacx4

            But that was my point in the beginning. Why do they *want* to do that. It’s not like TMS or Fatal Frame are the face of Nintendo or something. And Fatal Frame was an M rated game already. The philosophy is inconsistent. Risque is welcome but only sometimes.

          • R.Z.

            The article is about third party games though, Nintendo used to (actually [not the minor BS people are calling out on these days]) censor these waaaay back in the day, but nowadays and for at least the last three previous generation that I can tell third parties are free to release pretty much whatever they want on Nintendo consoles.
            On the other hand Nintendo as a software publisher has their own philosophy and they localize the games they release how they see fit. It doesn’t have anything to do with being open to “mature” content from other publishers.

  • Matt Cline

    Its def time The Legend of Zelda grows up. A rated “M” Zelda game would be a top saler in America. Blood, hot chicks, bad words, a bit of nudity, and a damn good story with absolutely no child characters. None. That’s what the Switch needs to keep up.

    • Ultimaniacx4

      That would be the worst Zelda games since the CD-I games.

    • R.Z.

      Could as well just go and call it something else.
      “The Witcher” maybe.