Marvelous is Planning Both New and Returning IPs for Nintendo Switch

Marvelous, the Japanese developer and publisher known for game franchises like Senran Kagura, Story of Seasons (formerly known as Harvest Moon), and Fate/Extella The Umbral Star, is planning on bringing new and old games to the Nintendo Switch.

The news comes from the company’s latest financial results, where they confirmed they’re working on bringing ports of older games to the Nintendo Switch, as well as new games for the hybrid console.

Marvelous also noted the console is performing much better for Nintendo than they originally expected.

Earlier this year, Marvelous announced Peach Ball: Senran Kagura for the Switch. They’ve also ported Fate/Extella The Umbral Star to the console. Their latest release for the hybrid console is the upcoming Suda51 title, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.

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  • Anon_Amous

    Yes… it’s all coming together. The ball is rolling faster now on Switch. Just according to keikaku.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Hell, even if the first party dies on it (which i highly doubt now) it will be the go to handheld machine for plenty of Japanese niche games it seems.

  • Hahaha! Vita loses even more support!

  • blackice85

    It feels like it’s picking up where Vita left off.

    It’s a bit interesting because Vita could have been even more similar, in that Sony originally planned to have video-out capabilities for it (that unused port in the original model). But they changed their minds, and later spun off that idea and made the Vita TV, which is the home console model.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    The lewd is back, baby!

  • InkViper

    First Namco pledging more support, now Marvelous, I didn’t think I would be seeing more announcements like this so soon.

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    I really hope they don’t jew us again with that LE only physical release.

  • Mr0303

    Don’t bother. It’s a troll.

  • Mechonis

    Rune Factory PLEASE

  • orbo

    I’ve said that the niche vita type games and their devs would come over to the switch.

  • BFG

    Why are you replying to someone who honestly believes handhelds are for the “socially inept” and that the games on them were “unplayable garbage”

  • Zack Attack

    Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash and Estival Versus please.

  • BFG

    That’s implying however the Switch can enable the same level of creativity that genuine handhelds did in the past, thanks to technical constraints, not in spite of them. “Underpowered hardware” always led to more creative freedom, not less.

  • Sony screwed up now the Vita is dead the switch is moving in.

  • Nice to know I am always in your mind. ;-)

  • Vita didn’t have any creativity.

  • BFG

    At this reaching point, this is looking like an autistic vendetta against the Vita, but that still didnt stop you to say this kind of crap only Quentin “Diamond Dogs” would say in regards of all handhelds

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a944c6c1ff30b020b11d6a50fd39df04d3842badb4f2a0ba345bd0cb0d70e2f7.png

    And if the Vita was so bad, then how comes the approval to say the Switch is a successor of it ? (which means wanting the same kind of library)

  • LOLIC FORCES

    They need to bring Estival Versus, PBS, AND Burst Renewal to the Switch! (also 7EVEN but we have no info on that game as of yet. that better be the best Senran Kagura ever or I’ll be disappointed).

  • Surprised that you would call anyone autistic kid. Only autistic people play the Vita. HA!
    Simple the switch is not a handheld and the games are not held as back as with Vita.

  • iswear12

    This worries me. As happy as I am for the Switch, I do NOT want Nintendo to have a fucking monopoly on Japanese games on consoles and handhelds. I despise Sony as a company very much but I hope they actually bother to step up with their next console and/or handheld because otherwise the future (while looking nice for now) will end up grim, especially if people are forgetting Nintendo’s history of censorship and general cancer.
    Alternatively a different company entirely can try to make a push in the console or handheld market; it would be amazing.
    Personally I’d hope for Sega but really I’d be happy with anyone so long as they have some pull, because god-fucking-damn this shit’s not gonna end well if this goes on

  • Mr0303

    You’re not. I’m just letting other people know what you are.

  • catazxy

    Ah, the ChocolateIsisCream of PC gaming, we get it, you don’t like the Vita, but you’re late to the party, you would have a point 3+ years ago, but now you’re only beating a dead horse.

    Let it go, most people who buy games for the Vita are closer to retro games collectors and it’s nothing wrong with that.

    I think you’ve stared into the abyss for too long…

  • catazxy

    My thoughts exactly…

  • I will stop when people like BFG realize that the Vita is dead. Besides I am nothing like ISISpedocream. I didn’t call all Vita owners cucks. ;)

  • I own your mind eurotrash. XD

  • First off dedicated handheld gaming is dead thank goodness. Secondly Sony already had a monopoly now Nintendo balances it out.

  • Michael Richardson

    Good. I really want a port of that SK Burst remake coming to PS4.

  • Mr0303

    You don’t even own your own mind, Tardy.

  • I’m also very worried. Censorship might become even more prevalent if there’s a monopoly and especially if it’s Nintendo. Although, there’s really nothing we can do about this. Everyone took the Switch bait, basically hook, like and sinker.

  • Kiryu

    Good,i just bought myself a Switch so i hope it will get the same kind of niche games the Vita had.
    Hope i won’t regret my investment.

  • Kiryu

    There is nothing more pathetic then a guy who plays games in public…actually there is,someone not being honest with himself and cares too much what others think is more pathetic.

  • Mechonis

    Wow. That is the most retarded thing I will read today

  • Nagato

    Uh, what?

    First of all, third party support on Nintendos is still absolutely abysmal.

    Secondly, there can’t be much of a monopoly to begin with since everything that used to be a random third party Sony exclusive is now also on Steam, some paid timed exclusive titles aside.

  • If they don’t find it worthwhile to port to PC and instead find the Switch a better choice over other consoles and PC itself, then I can see where he’s aiming at.

  • Nagato

    We still need to witness an actual effort at making Switch versions then; as much as I initially thought it would be the case, we still haven’t seen any meaningful levels of support for the device.

    I was personally hoping it would fill the entire niche lineup gap we accumulated before the past few years on PC, but there sadly hasn’t been anything of the sort yet (luckily for my wallet). It really could’ve been an ideal little companion device that way: Nintendo games, Bayonetta + TW101, modern Falcom titles, Bamco’s Digimon Story, everything Atlus without needing every handheld + console from the last decade to officially get them…

    Granted, we did just get Bayo 1 and modern Falcom finally seems to have been unleashed on PC. And heck, I was even anticipating Ni No Kuni 2 on Switch/NX before PC, but here we are.

    Still, there would’ve been more than enough left for Nintendo to have other companies port over. Even making it a one-stop portable Atlus platform could’ve dealt a decent blow to Sony’s platform amongst the hardcore + weeb communities, as with just modern stuff you’d have:

    -Tokyo Mirage Sessions
    -Catherine
    -P4G
    -Persona 5
    -SMT V coming up

    Add 3DS backwards compatability, or fund some quick upports – with HD portraits and menus – and you could add:
    -SMT IV + Apocalypse (would make a nice bundle)
    -Devil Survivor 1 + 2 “remakes” (ditto)
    -Radiant Historia “remake”
    -SMT Strange Journey Redux

    Just having all that would’ve been enough to entice any nichegamer/weeb into buying a Switch, and that’s before even mentioning Vanillaware’s stuff.

    But that’s the thing, where pretty much every company (sans Atlus) is willingly and fully embracing PC all of their own accord, simply by looking at the market for their games on Steam, they simply refuse to do the same for Nintendo… and Nintendo won’t bother funding some cheap ports either, despite none of these companies being expensive to work with at all.

    So once again, Switch isn’t even on the path to becoming a trusty secondary device to fill any gaps yet; what possible chance is there that it’ll attain a monopoly out of nowhere instead?

  • Justin Williams

    I just bought 5 new (released in last year) Vita games on Amazon. Tell me again how the Vita is “dead”. If anything it has become Niche- like this this website is supposed to cater to.

  • totenglocke

    Except for all of those third party developers saying that Nintendo is actively encouraging to make adult content. Yes, Treehouse is shit, but they only censorship first party games that NoJ is dumb enough to let Treehouse translate.

  • Justin Williams

    I agree. Steam is the industries hedge against monopoly. Switch will have its fans, certainly- but the market is so broken up with loyalists of different systems, formats, eras of gaming, etc… that a monopoly over ANY fanbase is probably never going to happen.

  • Justin Williams

    Switch is always going to have to cater to casuals first. They are really the big N’s paycheck. You will see some niche stuff hit the Switch once and a while (due to the surprising amount of systems sold) but developers will soon find that casual Switch owners aren’t buying them at a rate any greater (or perhaps less) than any other console so the incentive to produce on gimped hardware will fade and they will move back to other systems that allow a bit more horsepower.

  • Except that you’re blindly believing that they won’t pre-censor for Nintendo to keep their family friendly facade.

  • Justin Williams

    Easy block for me.

  • Justin Williams

    I bought 5 new (released in last year) Vita games recently and all of them kick ass- in the same span of time I sold my Switch due to a serious lack of compelling software. If anything, the Vita has become Niche- like this this website is supposed to cater to. Even if only a handful of Vita games come out from here until it finally disappears forever it will still be well worth buying for the 20+ amazing Vita games I own and regularly play. Not sure where the hate comes from.

  • >But that’s the thing, where pretty much every company (sans Atlus) is willingly and fully embracing PC all of their own accord
    Doesn’t look to me like you’re talking about new games, meaning this is a moot point.
    >what possible chance is there that it’ll attain a monopoly out of nowhere instead?
    The mere fact that there is no other handheld should give you an idea.
    You’re forgetting all the news about third parties saying they will support the Switch, Atlus themselves are releasing SMT V on the Switch for example.

  • Mr0303

    I don’t block people personally, but I can see why you would.

  • Justin Williams

    I’m too damn old (40 years young) to waste my time arguing with trolls. If someones only propose in a forum is to troll and they add nothing to the conversation they get blocked. Giving them attention- even negative attention just keeps them going. However, as they say “you do you”. No worries.

  • totenglocke

    Dumbfuck, I’m talking about companies who were making them more family friendly and Nintendo said “No, make that character sexier!”.

  • Heheheheheh.

  • Unlike the Vita the switch will actually be supported.

  • Mr0303

    Arguing with them is useless, but sometimes it helps to know what they are saying.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Can’t wait for another Nintendo UK Magazine review for Senran Kagura that makes Marvelous representative go ape shit on twitter again

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Neverland is dead, so I doubt we’ll see another Rune Factory. The only hope is Marvelous AQL which hired the Rune Factory team but it’s been 3 years so I really doubt we’ll see another one coming.

  • InkViper

    That’s assuming that there is still Nintendo centric magazine still being sold in the UK!

  • Sean Sharpe

    Nintendo’s recent history with censorship really only applies to games they publish themselves and even then it’s inconsistent. Games published by third parties are untouched.

  • Sean Sharpe

    Even the Treehouse in inconsistent. Pretty sure they handled Breath of the Wild, which has some dialogue that I’m a bit surprised made the cut… Some of which, I’m actually surprised managed to get pass the ESRB.

  • Sean Sharpe

    Considering that one of the exclusives the Switch is touting, Octopath Traveler, has a villain telling one of the protagonists he’ll forgive her is she blows him, as well as multiple allusions to rape throughout the arc…

  • Mechonis

    They gave Yoshifumi his own team and we got Story of Seasons out of it. They mentioned when the merge happened they would do a new RF. It is in a weird limbo but certainly not dead

  • InkViper

    Not saying that you’re wrong, but I’ve not seen any data that supports the idea that the casual audience are Nintendo’s most bankable demographic this console cycle.

  • FrankieL

    Yeah… I pretty much saw this coming when the Switch was announced and the launch was successful. I’ll bet all of those developers who were making games for the Vita will be moving development to the Switch. The Vita will now lose most of it’s 3rd party Japanese support and will probably be completely dead in about 2 years. All this will happen providing Nintendo doesn’t dictate what can or can’t be released for their system. The fact that the Vita is turning 6 in a few months is actually quite a feat considering games are still being released in all regions for the platform and pretty consistently too. Granted, most of those game are multi-platform indie games, but they are new games none the less.

  • Sean Sharpe

    It depends on what sort of games you like, really. I mean, just because you like niche games or come to this website doesn’t mean you like everything with an anime girl.

    I have a PlayStation TV. When I saw them on Amazon a while back for $40, since I figured it was an acceptable price of entry for the games I wanted; Trails of Cold Steel and Persona 4 Golden. But after Trails of Cold Steel II came out, I really couldn’t care less about most of the library.

    That’s not to say I think it’s bad. It’s just to say it caters to an audience that I’m not part of.

  • Justin Williams

    Just going on the last couple systems they released and their general lack of good 3rd party support and mature games. The Big N have leaned casual for about a decade now. Will this change now? Maybe.

  • iswear12

    There are numerous problems with releasing your games on Steam, depending on how niche they are
    -The absurd amount of shovelware and obfuscation that ruins search results for anyone trying to find games in general, let alone niche anime titles
    -less exposure for your game overall due to the sheer amount of games available on the storefront, meaning less profits
    -a different market and demographic entirely; Steam’s audience is not the same as the Vita’s, the Switch’s, the 3DS’s or the PS4’s and you generally don’t see many anime-themed games making it to the top and getting recognition
    -Steam’s market is practically nonexistent in Japan (this is a big one; if they can’t even sell that many games to people in their own country, what makes you think they’ll be happy to take on the expensive process of translation and localization to multiple foreign ones? Steam doesn’t offer any translation services or support games like that)
    -The reason I’m believing there will be a monopoly is the very real chance of Sony not creating a handheld for the next generation due to Vita’s lackluster results in sales, and possibly ending up creating the PS5 (which would be lacking in innovation and contributing to their death). Every single division of Sony’s besides the video game one has been failing if you didn’t notice, and the video game division has only been doing well because Microsoft has so utterly failed in every single respect possible that the PS4 took up its share, and even then it relies on hiding and hanging on to its exclusives so tightly to stay alive or

    Now, using that knowledge and applying it to 3rd parties, companies would have to either A: go with Nintendo and have a much higher chance of their product succeeding, but contributing to a console/handheld monopoly in Japan or B: release their product on Steam, have it translated and made almost entirely for a western audience, being unable to rely on their own native audience for sales as they’ve probably done in the past to see if people even like it, and if they fuck up they stand to lose even more. Alternatively they could just stop making games entirely lmao.
    Third party support on Nintendo isn’t great but you’d have to be blind to say it isn’t rapidly increasing while Sony’s general market influence falls. The new SMT and the SMT remakes coming alone on the 3DS and Switch are a sign of times to come, and you should know how tightly Nintendo holds on to things. If it exists on the Switch, it probably won’t come to PC or any other platform any time soon even if it isn’t first-party (unless it already existed on those platforms before the Switch, or came out as a multiplat but those don’t count)

  • iswear12

    you are basing a single online storefront which has its own numerous problems as a hedge against monopoly when all said storefront does is exist and be huge
    it doesn’t support these niche games in any way like a real publisher would, it just allows them to be sold there (not to mention Steam has its own problems too)

    it doesn’t even help with something as basic as translation and localization or anything else for that matter

  • Ricoh2A03

    SMT IV was on the 3DS, so the series was already on Nintendo handhelds at this point. Switch would be the natural follow up

    I would definitely see the developers that supported 3DS/Vita to continue on with the Switch

    No More Heroes 1/2 also originated on Wii, and since Switch is an indirect successor it makes sense for a new entry there

  • randr01d

    I agree fully, but I can’t help but imagine a Vita at its full potential.

  • Loli ♥ Antagonist

    I would really rather they just focus their efforts on PS4 and PC, though…

  • Justin Williams

    Go have a beer. You seem really tense.

  • Justin Williams

    I only like everything with an anime girl…..if she has big ol’ titties.

  • iswear12

    I appreciate the concern but I’m fine. This is internet shit and I have enough old games to sustain me for a lifetime. I just don’t like seeing what I perceive to be the industry possibly taking a dangerous turn (especially when people are forgetting NoA is one of the main reasons we now have the ESRB). Also I don’t drink

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Yup, personally I love RF, I didn’t play 4 since I don’t own a 3DS but I did dump hours in the 1st 3 games, Oceans was pretty bad tough. That being said I would like to see the series come back.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    If life as taught me anything is that Nintendrones are like rats, they’re everywhere even if you don’t see them.

  • Zanard Bell

    More games on more platforms, I have no problems with it.

  • Zack Attack

    There’s Gal Gun 2, Nights of Azure 2, and Attack on Titan 2. Then western wise there is also Doom 2016 and Wolfienstien 2. We will be fine. 😊

  • Zack Attack

    It’s so much fun having Mario Odyssey along with Mario Kart, Nights of Azure 2, Gal Gun 2(hopefully it will be out soon) and Doom 2016 all in one in a hybrid console.

  • Zack Attack

    Nintendo literary gave a ok for damn Gal-Gun, Senran Kagura spin-off titles, Doom 2016, Wolfienstein 2 and even Attack on Titan 2. They were retarded in the past but it seems that now they realize that they need third party support and this small list plus more games show.

  • Zack Attack

    Exactly the Switch is just another option to enjoy niche/ obsure gaming along with the PS4 and Steam. While I mainly was PS4 but now going to Switch for most of my niche gaming, there is still loads of options for everybody.

  • Kiryu

    I’m not a fan of Mario,i bought it mainly because Xeno 2 is coming out soon but yeah it’s a really good console.

  • catazxy

    It’s not all doom and gloom, first the Switch has Unreal 4 support, and that means 3rd party devs can easly port the games later to the pc easily (at least some of them). Secondly no matter what nintendo is saing about encouraging adult contend form 3rd party it will still be no AO content on any console for a long time, so you’ll have to go for the pc patch to get the full version on some games (like Eiyu Senki Lands for example).
    The thing that I hate is the lack of physical games on pc for niche games, but the interest of japanese games on pc is rising quickly, so there is some hope left…

    But mostly I agree with your points

  • catazxy

    If what are you saying is true then that just made the game 10x more appealing to me.

  • catazxy

    It can, since the devs that supported the Vita are now forced to look for other console to port their games. The Switch may have a decent mix of casuals and niche gamers..

  • Zack Attack

    Oh sweet, I’m getting that one too!

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    And that is why people pleasure themselves in public. Finally someone understands.

  • RHELSAGE

    Awaiting latest installment of Censored Gaming. Can’t wait to find out its either Japan only or Treehoused.

  • iswear12

    They’re making shrewd decisions. I’d be happier with this if there was someone else in the industry who would do the same. Just because Nintendo seems benevolent and good and “against censorship” for right now doesn’t mean it will hold true in the future, especially when their past is so littered with it. They had a massive hand in creating the ESRB for christ’s sake. We also don’t know how they’ll act once they have a greater control of the market.
    Look at Amazon and Google. 4 and 7 years ago respectively they seemed like great services for everyone with nothing wrong with them at all save minor instances, using them was overall better than not
    Now look at them, they are literally some of the most slimy companies in the U.S. with how much power they wield.

  • iswear12

    Yeah, I hate the fact that there’s so few physical PC games, just in general. It really peeves me off. I like to hold on to the cases as memories and they just look nice. There’s something about having a physical copy in your hand that will never be felt the same way as a cold digital download of a game. That said digital downloads are way more convenient, but I’m overall fine with having to suffer inconvenience for a more meaningful interaction with a game.
    Something that’s even more annoying of a trend is the “steam code inside physical case” trend. That’s just plain annoying.

  • iswear12

    https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2017/06/nintendo-localizers-now-work-with-japanese-devs-to-censor-games-for-western-culture/33309/
    Also a reminder for anyone who thinks Nintendo totally won’t censor games
    Don’t underestimate them, or did you forget the boob slider so quickly?

  • catazxy

    Yeah, but in my last 3 physical pc games (Dark Souls 1, MK X and Nier Automata) had both an offline disk and a separate steam code, so I got 2 copies of the same games for the price of one, and thats a pretty good deal..

  • BFG

    “Holding adult content” tends to sound like “mature games for mature games such as myself” kind of thing. Like violence and “mature themes” are okay, but big anime titties are not

  • BFG

    by “underpowered hardware” I also meant smaller budgets which also mean better creativity freedom and publishers less likely to give pressure

  • BFG

    It’s more about beating a dead horse, and “bullying” people who own a Vita. Disregarding it shares the same fate as the PSP, that wasnt very well supported either (outside of keeping out pirates with software updates). Both of them got a lot of games in the japanese soil when they were “officially dead” in the West.

  • Jack Thompson

    I though gal gun had minor censorship?

  • Jack Thompson

    “first the Switch has Unreal 4 support, and that means 3rd party devs can easly port the games later to the pc easily”

    Yeah, if their contract with Ninty allows them to do so in any reasonable timespan. Otherwise you could be waiting 10+ years for ports or possibly never. At that point, they might just renew the exclusivity contract for prettier rereleases on the next gen Nintendo console.

  • Zack Attack

    Physical Nier Automata for PC? Oh sweet!

  • Zack Attack

    Gal Gun 2 is confirmed to be uncensored in all regions and all platforms. Hell even in New Zealand, if they want the game censored, Inti Creates would rather not bring the game there than to bring it censored.

  • BFG

    The way he’s been arguing so far, I would like to assume he’s nothing more than a middle-school or high school grader using his family’s wealth.

    At least, that’s what I would like to assume for his sake

  • BFG

    Only time will tell, but I aint holding my breath personally

  • Kakaku

    Whenever I go to Censored Gaming I’m always glad when there’s no new videos.

  • Jack Thompson

    Wait, the dev/pub that makes all the titty ninja games has been making Harvest moon since the early 2000s?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/041058570b486867c5cf26289ee727773e1bac7eec4eb63e0a9eca723b23d82a.png

  • And the same titty ninja developers also made Battle Arena Toshinden. Even that surprised me. These guys are old!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20a0bcf89e7561d16b6cb78ad20fe5b4f423f372645d22c7f024c5336222ba04.png

  • That never happened though, you’re believing a bunch of fairy tales here.

  • It’s almost as if Nintendo never completely neutered their games.
    As much as they’re retarded, you can’t possibly tell me they’ll ask for the removal of any and all controversy, that never once happened.

  • totenglocke

    Funny, I they how come Platinum are on record talking about how they were making the Nintendo themed outfits for Bayonetta less sexy and Nintendo told them to make them as sexy as possible?

    You should try keeping your mouth shut instead of walking into the room and telling everyone that your a fucking idiot.

  • Justin Williams

    Yea I don’t get it. I own pretty much every system on the market (going back to the 80s) and they are all great in their own ways. However… even if I could only have one I wouldn’t feel the need to spend my days trolling message boards to bash the ones I didnt own. That level of obsession seems like a mental problem to me.

  • BFG

    I want sources of your claims

  • Justin Williams

    The Vita served its purpose for me. I got about 20 really solid games out of it which more than justifies the purchase of the system. Sales figures really mean jack shit to me since I do not own the company. I’m not sure why they (sales figures) are so important to so many fans so long as a decent pool of software has been released and the Vita has actually had a pretty decent library for a while now. I guess fanboys will be fanboys.

  • BFG

    I dont think I could own every system personally. I already have a decent PC, PS4, DS Lite, Vita and PSPs laying around. I’d like to get a PS2 but an old crt tv is needed too, and I dont have the room for that. Which brings me to emulate on PC the systems I dont own.

  • BFG

    I got even more games out of the Vita, alongside that it can run the PSP/PS1 games (though the jap store lacks of a few titles like the Densha de Go! Portable, Boku no Natsuyasumi 1, Kenka Bacho 1 or the Crash Bandicoot trilogy).

    Sure I would have wished for a couple more PS2 titles ported on it (like Ryu ga Gotoku/Yakuza 1&2 and the VNs Akai Ito & Aoi Shiro) and there is no doubt the handheld is currently living its last moments, but it’s been definitively a good run.

  • Justin Williams

    I’m a collector for sure. The super old stuff if packed up but anything remotely modern gets played pretty often. For the older games I don’t feel like unboxing to play, I use a Raspberry Pi 3- IMHO the best thing to hit gaming since the OG NES.

  • Justin Williams

    I have a respectable Lenovo PC but gaming on a PC never felt right to me. No knock against PC gamers, its just not for me.