If you have been reading 3WIREL for a while now, you may notice a few reviews we covered come from a publisher called NIS America. They produce and publish titles large and small, leading to quite interesting results. One of their flagship IP is the Disgaea franchise and they are kicking the door down with the first Switch project they are producing, being the series fifth installment.
They gave the following comment on why they brought to the Switch instead of the many other titles they could bring over like Grand Kingdom or Yomawari: Night Alone.
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.
On Famitsu, Niikawa explained why Disgaea 5 was chosen as NIS’ first title. Since it’s the company’s debut game on Switch and at launch, they felt it would be a big hurdle to bring out something completely new. A project was therefore chosen which would be smooth to port, and NIS thought it would be better to release its key product.
Aside from that, Disgaea 5 was originally exclusive to PlayStation 4 and you can play it with Vita using Remote Play, but it wasn’t really a game for a portable device. However, NIS received many requests to port it to Vita. But if there was a Vita port, it would be necessary to downgrade the game. Since there has been high demand for Disgaea 5 to be on portable device, porting it to Switch would be a way of satisfying Nippon Ichi’s customers and fulfilling their demands.
Demand on bringing the game to the Vita pushed the publisher in finding other ways to bring Disgaea 5 in a portable form. With the Nintendo Switch’s stronger power output over the PS Vita and it being a new ‘fresh’ platform, it was a good fit for the project. They saw bringing to the Switch as one way they could make there fans happy.
NIS America also stated they want to continue bringing software to the Switch in the future after Disgaea 5. You can ready more about this story through checking out Nintendo Everything’s report about NIS America working on the Switch.