"It’s kind of like a challenge from Nintendo. 'This is what we’ve got now—what are you gonna do with it?'"
- Goichi "Suda51" Suda, speaking to Kotaku about the Switch.
Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes series has lain fallow since 2010, but this year the studio confirmed it would launch a new game in the series next year -- on Nintendo's new Switch console.
This is interesting because while Grasshopper has a history of releasing games on Nintendo platforms, in the last few years it has focused mostly on PC, Xbox and PlayStation hardware.
In a recent conversation with Kotaku, studio chief Goichi "Suda51" Suda shared his thoughts on why the studio was drawn to the Switch: "The Switch is a punk console."
"I was shocked by it. I thought, whoever made this must have something wrong with them. In a positive way. This guy must be messed up in the head to think of something like this," Suda told Kotaku during a chat at PAX West this month. "I thought, okay, this really punk console needs a really punk game."
The Switch (and its relatively uncrowded digital game marketplace) has proven to be fruitful ground for many indies; many of them will see characters from their games make cameos in the upcoming No More Heroes Switch game, in part because Suda says he feels a kinship with modern indies.
"I really appreciate the way indie creators create their stuff,” he told Kotaku. “They make the games they want to make because they want to make them.”
You can read more of this thoughts on the Switch, indie devs, and the state of Japanese game development, in the full Kotaku article.