Square Enix is down with the Nintendo Switch, according to a recent interview with the company’s president, a drastic departure from its previous approach to Nintendo. The company focused most of its support towards the Nintendo 3DS over the last decade while leaving the Wii U at arm’s length. Even when it came to Virtual Console, Square Enix showed nothing but irk.
Now things are different, and the Nintendo Switch could be the hit console that Square Enix wants to back. President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda recently spoke with business magazine Nikkei Shimbun, translated by Siliconera, saying that he wishes the Switch well and is considering more games for it.
- Having more platforms is a good thing, and Matsuda hopes the Nintendo Switch succeeds for this reason.
- In addition to developing new titles for Switch, he hopes to see more of Square Enix’s existing titles get ports wherever it’s possible.
Square Enix is already following through
The Nintendo Switch is a month old now, and Square Enix already has already been walking the walk for the console. Its PlayStation 4 budget hit I Am Setsuna appeared as one of the few major third-party titles in the console’s scant launch line-up, and both Dragon Quest Heroes games made it for the Japanese launch.
Down the road, it has confirmed that Dragon Quest X and XI will both appear on the console, with the later being a guaranteed console seller. It even made an appearance in the Nintendo Switch’s reveal presentation with the mysterious RPG Project Octopath Traveler.
Man, I want to know more about that!
And then there is the Seiken Densetsu Collection which is being released exclusively in Japan at the moment. Let’s see that change, Square Enix!
So within a month of the console’s release, it has scored one exclusive original game, two cross-platform games, and four ports of older games. Not too shabby! Support can only get better, and I can’t wait to see what Square Enix has in store for the Nintendo faithful.