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It was certainly a surprise when SEGA announced their intention to deliver high-definition remakes of the Yakuza series’ first instalments.

Yet according to the game’s producer Toshihiro Nagoshi, the publisher is seeing it as more of “an experiment” to see whether Wii U owners would be interested in such hardcore releases.

“To be honest, we’re not aiming to see if the game will be a smash hit,” Nagoshi revealed. “Our real intention is that we want to see how people respond. “The existing [Wii U] users are different [from PlayStation owners], so isn’t it hard to say if it makes sense?”

So far they’ve only been confirmed for a Japanese release, but hopefully they’ll make their way west at some point.

[Thanks Kotaku]

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.