Anime game Switch is out of the question, at least in the U.S. Animes in the United States, like anime, have been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to the success of the Switch and a series of Switch exclusives, and many fans are hoping for a version of Love Live on the system.
However, those plans are apparently dead.
In an interview with Kotaku, Koichi Nakazawa, the director of the upcoming Love Live: School Idol Festival, stated that it was unlikely that the series would make an appearance on Switch.
“We are not going to produce an anime adaptation of Love Life on the Switch,” he said.
“We’re not interested.
We’re not planning to produce any anime adaptations of the game.
It’s not going anywhere.
We can’t make a Nintendo Switch anime adaptation with a Nintendo console, because we can’t.”
Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that Nakazawas plans to not make an anime based on Love Live are dead.
“Koichi Nakamura, director of Love Lives upcoming Love Lives anime, has expressed interest in bringing the Love Live franchise to Nintendo Switch,” Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement.
“Koichi will continue to make the Love Lives series on Nintendo Switch, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the company in the future.”
Nakazawa also added that he had not been contacted about a Switch adaptation of the Love Life series.
The reason why Nakazaws interest in a Switch anime is dead is that there are a few key aspects that Nintendo has to deal with in order to make a Switch version happen.
The biggest is licensing issues, with Love Live games getting a good deal of attention due to their popularity, but Nintendo is still working on getting an American release out of those games.
The other major issue with a Switch game is the fact that the hardware only supports 4K resolution, and the series’ creators have to deal at the moment with the issue of the games being locked to 480p resolution, even when the game has been played in 480p mode.
However, with all that said, Nintendo could easily get the rights to make Love Live Switch on Switch if the rights owners are willing to fork over some money.
The Switch could also help Nintendo create an American version of one of its favorite franchises, as the company has released a few Love Live spin-offs in the past.
One of those was a Nintendo Direct-exclusive, Love Live 2019, which showed off a new story mode for the franchise.
Nintendo also announced that a Love Live-themed game called Love Live Fever 2017 would be released on Switch in 2019.