The Yakuza series is going through something of a renaissance as of late. Fans of the cult-hit series used to beg for western localizations of the Yakuza games, and now the series appears to have the recognition it deserves. And according to Yakuza's director Microsoft and Nintendo are asking to get in on Yakuza as well.
"I've never said this before, but while we released [Yakuza] with Sony, I'd done presentations about it to Microsoft and Nintendo," said Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi to Edge magazine in a recent interview. "Back then they said, 'No we don't want it.' Now they say, 'We want it!' They didn't understand the reason why I created it."
The Yakuza series was formerly exclusive to the PlayStation family of consoles before coming out on PC earlier this month. An HD remaster bundle of Yakuza 1 and 2 came to the Wii U, but sold less than 2,000 units in Japan during its first week.
Now, however, the latest Yakuza games along with remasters like Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 are all coming stateside. Yakuza 6 became the biggest selling game in the series in the US, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 was greenlit after positive reception to Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami 1.
We named Yakuza 0 one of our favorite games of 2017, and one of the 15 best PS4 games currently available. The PC version for Yakuza 0 is available now, though it has encountered some bugs recently that Sega is working on fixing.