NIS America CEO Takuro Yamashita, whom recently spoke about how the company’s games are selling 2 to 1 on Nintendo Switch versus PS4, revealed new details on how SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy came to Nintendo Switch.
Yamashita says in the early days, NIS America signed a contract with SNK to develop SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy solely for PS4. In 2017, both SNK and NIS America met representatives from Nintendo of Europe separately at Gamescom.
The meeting cumulated with both parties bringing SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy to the west as a Nintendo Switch retail exclusive, with the PS4 version going fully digital. Nintendo would act as a distributor for the game, promising to purchase “a lot of units”.
Originally we signed with SNK on SNK Heroines just on the PS4 format. Then last year an opportunity happened at gamescom, two third parties happened to meet together outside Nintendo’s meeting room. The first meeting was between NIS America and Nintendo of Europe (NOE), and the next meeting was between SNK and NOE. Of course, these two were separate meetings. Then after their meeting influential people from SNK came to our booth and said “Hey Mr. Yamashita, is it possible to cancel our contract on PS4? Nintendo wants to work on this title on an exclusive basis! So these third parties came together and the team at NIS and SNK decided to go with Nintendo for the western market. Physical-copy-wise, it’s going to be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. PS4-wise, it’s going to be just digital. That’s the deal. We will not release a packaged version for PlayStation 4 format. Then Nintendo will act as a distributor for this game. Then they promised to buy a lot of units. I can’t reveal the number of units they’ve guaranteed, that’s secret talk.