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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV

Falcom hasn’t had much of a presence on Nintendo platforms, but that has really started to change with Switch. The company’s biggest franchises – Ys and The Legend of Heroes – are now starting to be made more widely available on the platform.

Nippon Ichi Software has largely been responsible for bringing Falcom’s games to Switch (with Engine Software handling porting). Ys VIII, Ys IX, The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel III, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV are all on the console thanks to their support. Meanwhile, Clouded Leopard Entertainment are helping to put other entries in The Legend of Heroes series on the system, though they’ve only been announced for Japan and Asia at present.

In a recent issue of Famitsu, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo spoke with the Japanese magazine about the company’s Switch support. He was joined by Nippon Ichi Software boss Sohei Niikawa with the two also discussing the recently-released Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV.

Here’s our full translation:

Nippon Ichi has made it known a few times in the past just how well Disgaea 5 Complete did on Switch. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the game was sitting at 200,000 copies sold in the west alone.

In last month’s issue of EDGE, Nippon Ichi president Sohei Niikawa reiterated Disgaea 5 Complete’s success on Switch, stating that “it sold incredibly well both in Japan and abroad.” Niikawa also spoke about Nintendo’s strong support of the company having visited their offices to teach the developers about Switch. Right now he believes it’s an “ideal piece of hardware” since the dual console and portable nature makes it appealing to both the west and Japan.

At the Tokyo Game Show, Game Informer caught up with Nippon Ichi president Sohei Niikawa. Niikawa had a few interesting things to say about supporting Switch and more.

During the interview, Niikawa mentioned that NIS “wants to continue to release more and more games” on Switch. He said the following about releasing games on the platform:

Japanese website 4Gamer published a new interview today looking back on the history of Disgaea. There are a couple of interesting excerpts in particular, especially when it comes to Nintendo.

First, Nippon Ichi president Sohei Niikawa and Disgaea director Takehisa Matsuda shared the following about Disgaea 5 Complete’s success on Switch and getting it ready in time for the system’s launch:

This week, it was revealed during the Nintendo Direct Mini that Ys VIII is coming to Switch this summer. It’s a pretty big deal since Falcom’s series hasn’t appeared on a Nintendo platform in quite some time – it’s primarily been a PlayStation franchise as of late.

Interestingly, the Switch version of Ys VIII is not actually being handled by Falcom directly. NIS America is publishing the game in North America, while parent company Nippon Ichi will release it in Japan.

Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Niikawa participated in a new Reddit AMA today. Niikawa was asked quite a bit about Disgea, including a possible amiibo, future Switch support, and more. He also indicated that Phantom Brave 2 could be possible thanks to interest from some of the company’s developers who ask about a sequel.

We’ve picked out the notable comments from the AMA below. You can check out the full thing here.

Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Niikawa participated in interviews with both 4Gamer and Famitsu. In talking with both sites, he discussed Disgaea 5 Complete and Switch development.

First, on 4Gamer, Niikawa touched on porting from PS4 to Switch. Regarding that, he said the difficulty varies depending on how each studio approaches development. It was relatively smooth for Disgaea. There was nothing NIS had to downgrade, and he noted that even in portable mode, the experience still remain same as PS4 version.

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