Enlarge / Remember when this game was supposedly a sign of a less squeaky-clean image for Nintendo?
Since removing the blood in the original Mortal Kombat on the Super NES, Nintendo has earned its image as the family-friendly alternative to the more sex-and-violence-soaked console competition. New reporting from The Wall Street Journal suggests Nintendo is working to change that with the Switch, but any such effort is going to be an uphill climb that could use more direct help from Nintendo.
Speaking to a number of developers, the WSJ‘s Takashi Mochizuki reports Nintendo is explicitly encouraging game makers to release more risqué content on the Switch. “I thought it wouldn’t be possible to release such a game for the Switch, but surprisingly, Nintendo gave me positive feedback,” Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu told the paper regarding the provocative Gal Gun 2.

Another unnamed developer said Nintendo’s stance toward more violent and sexual content in games on its console “was passive until now, but that is no longer the right word to describe its stance today.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo has made gestures to attract more “mature” content to its consoles.

After the Wii lineup was dominated by family-friendly titles (along with rare exceptions like Mad World), Nintendo’s then-president Satoru Iwata said in 2012 that the company felt it had neglected “those who play games as their hobby” in favor of more casual or new gamers. “Consequently, we presume some people felt that the Wii was not a game system for them or they were not willing to play with the Wii even though some compelling games had been released.”
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