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Toshihiro Kondo

Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo has previously stated that it would be difficult to bring its games to Switch due to a lack of experience with the system and having to focus on its fan base that lies with PlayStation platforms. However, other companies stepping in to port its games are very much a possibility. We did see an example of this when Nippon Ichi Software handled Ys VIII for Switch.

Although it’s unclear what to expect from Falcom going forward, Kondo did share an encouraging comment with DualShockers. When asked about the possibility of additional Switch ports, he said:

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:

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:

After mostly shying away from Nintendo platforms, Falcom had one of its latest games on Switch with Ys VIII. Nippon Ichi was brought in to help port the action RPG.

In an interview with French site ActuGaming, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo was asked about the reason for releasing Ys VIII on Switch, the possibility of future support, and even potential interest in having Adol in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We’ve translated those excerpts as follows:

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.

Despite Switch’s success, The Legend of Heroes and Ys developer Falcom isn’t quite ready to commit to Switch. Speaking with MCV, as published in one of the magazine’s latest issues, president Toshihiro Kondo indicated that the company is adopting more of a wait-and-see approach. 

Kondo explained that “there’s still no positive guarantee that the fan base that would play Falcom games are on the Switch yet.”