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According to Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo, Ys VIII met sales expectations on Switch in the west. In Japan, though, “the game struggled”.

Kondo passed along that bit of news in an interview with Noisy Pixel. When asked if Nihon Falcom would ever consider any exclusive games for Switch, Kondo stated:

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Nihon Falcom doesn’t exactly have a lot of experience with Nintendo platforms. If Nippon Ichi Software didn’t offer to port Ys VIII, it probably wouldn’t have ended up on Switch.

In an interview with USgamer, Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo commented on what it would take to further suport Switch. Kondo explained that they “don’t have the knowhow” to develop for the platform and has to serve its fan base on PlayStation systems above all else. However, Nihon Falcom would be very much interested in an external company porting its titles to Switch much like we saw with Ys VIII.

Kondo’s full words: