News Desk: Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U is an “Experiment”

“We’re not aiming to see if the game will be a smash hit,” says the producer.

By Kyle England. Posted 05/28/2013 15:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

If you didn’t already know, Sega’s Yakuza and Yakuza 2 are being repackaged in an HD re-release that is coming to the Wii U in Japan (the collection previously was released for PS3). The Yakuza games are open-worldish action-adventures that follow the stories of Tokyo’s seedy criminal underworld.

What’s interesting is that the release of Yakuza 1 & 2 HD on Wii U is going to be an “experiment” according to series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi. “We’re not aiming to see if the game will be a smash hit. Our real intention is that we want to see how people respond,” he said in a recent interview.

The interest in this collection in Japan could very well mean a Western release of the package, as well as more games in the series coming to Wii U. However, Nagoshi doesn’t have anything of the sort planned yet. “[The Yakuza series] isn’t jumping ship to Nintendo hardware. Yakuza 1 & 2 are coming out on the Wii U, and this is what it is.”

Nagoshi also shot down the possibility of a Yakuza game coming to Nintendo 3DS, saying that the hardware just isn’t a right fit for the type of game that Yakuza is. However, a new PlayStation Vita game might be coming, since the series has always been a PlayStation mainstay.

But this Wii U experiment sounds quite interesting. With the new partnership between Sega and Nintendo, could we see more ports like this if the experiment does well?

Source: Kotaku via Nintendo Life

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