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Scott Hawkins, head of the developer relations team at Nintendo of America, delivered a talk during BIG Digital 2020. His presentation was primarily aimed at studios potentially interested in bringing their games to Switch, but he also shared an interesting anecdote about Mortal Kombat 11.

While Mortal Kombat 11 was in early development on Switch, Hawkins met with the team and was chatting with an executive at Warner Bros. We don’t know who exactly this person was, but they were “concerned because it’s a mature-rated title that it wouldn’t be Nintendo-friendly.” Mortal Kombat 11 was ultimately “a big success” on Switch, so Hawkins used this story to demonstrate that you can find “an audience for lots of different types of content on the platform”.

“When Warner Bros. got the first playable build of Mortal Kombat 11 up and running on Nintendo Switch, I flew down and met with the team down in southern California. One of the executives there was meeting with me and showing me the game, and we were playing it, and he looks at me and he says, ‘Scott, are you sure Nintendo wants this game on Nintendo Switch?’ And I said, ‘Yes, we absolutely want this game.’

He was concerned because it’s a mature-rated title that it wouldn’t be Nintendo-friendly. But clearly after seeing the first month’s worth of sales and see it be the number one game on the platform, it shows that yes, there is an audience. There’s an audience for lots of different types of content on the platform, and this was a big success.”

The decision to put Mortal Kombat 11 on Switch did seem to pay off. When it launched in April 2019, it was the best-selling game on Nintendo’s console for the month in the United States.

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I don't know when everyone starts to think like that about Nintendo, its no makes sense at all!



TomaTito said:

Do you think developers and publishers have this or other preconceptions when it comes to releasing third party games on Nintendo's devices?

Prejudice coupled with confirmation bias are the main reasons for not bringing games to Nintendo consoles. Lack of talent and skill follow right afterwards.



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Apparently they still toned down things related to sexuality compared to usual. Violence is A-okay though with some of the most ridiculous things to do to another person in the game.



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  • Releases at the same time as other versions? Check
  • Port isn't gimped or messed up from the start? Check
  • Receives proper updates and DLC? Check
  • Receives the same sales and discounts as other versions? Check
  • Sells well? Check
Last edited by burninmylight - on 20 October 2020

burninmylight said:
  • Releases at the same time as other versions? Check
  • Port isn't gimped or messed up from the start? Check
  • Receives proper updates and DLC? Check
  • Receives the same sales and discounts as other versions? Check
  • Sales well? Check

To be honest, you don’t even have to release on time to sell well on Switch, ports abound.  But I still agree with your in principle.



I think some publishers do have this misconception and others pretend to have it so they don't have to put in the effort to make a Switch port.



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It's only pretentiousness, they know that fanboys will validate their poor excuse. It's been so long since the infamous no blood version and yet people still push this nowadays for confirmation bias.

Did they forgot the mortal kombat trilogy on N64 with no censorship at all? Or the others MK games on nintendo platforms afterwards? Or the many others games with gore or/and sexual contents that made the cut for nintendo systems? 

Last edited by 160rmf - on 20 October 2020

 

 

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Oh yes very mature game. Peak of human consciousness.