NIS America, the publisher of franchises such as Disgaea and Danganronpa, does not appear to be all that happy with Sony at the moment. Speaking with MCV about a range of subjects – including its partnership with Nintendo on SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy – president Takuro Yamashita insinuated that the publisher is not on best terms with PlayStation’s third-party people.
“Sony is not friendly with small publishers like us,” he said pointedly. “They just care about big Japanese companies.” To be honest, this is the first time we’re hearing something like this; since the beginning of the generation, PlayStation has been praised for its developer outreach, so we’re curious if something has changed – or if this is just some personal beef.
Yamashita continued that NIS America’s titles on the Nintendo Switch are outselling those on the PS4 by two-to-one when they release simultaneously, although as far as we’re aware, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is the only title to fit his criteria. “A lot of PS4 titles are coming up, so the market is very competitive,” he explained. “The Switch market still has lots of room for publishers to make money.”
All of this has resulted in NIS America signing a deal with Nintendo to make the physical version of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy a Switch exclusive. You’ll still be able to purchase the game on the PS4, but you’ll have to buy it from the PlayStation Store. Proving Yamashita’s previous point, however, the girl-themed brawler is set to release on 7th September – the very same day as Spider-Man.