Feature: Puzzling Over Dragons with GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita

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By admin on June 24, 2017

As one of the most successful — and addictive — mobile match-threes of all time, GungHo Online Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragons needs no introduction. Lighting up smartphones from Japan to Europe, North America and beyond, it’s also made quite a splash on Nintendo’s 3DS, thanks to a spin-off RPG and an inspired Super Mario Bros. crossover — both of which made their way West in the combo pack Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

We’re big fans of the dungeon-crawling, orb-matching mash up here at Nintendo Life, so we were very excited to have the opportunity to sit down and chat with Kazuki Morishita, GungHo’s president and CEO, at this year’s E3. In addition to Puzzle & Dragons, he spoke with us about his company’s upcoming Switch support, working with Nintendo, and his inspirations and favourite games.


First of all, we’ve heard you have a new Switch title on the horizon! Is there anything you can tell us about that?

We have a few titles in the design stages, and one which is currently under development. It’s an action title, and we’ll have more information about it at a later date, but the earliest parts of its development actually started about 4 or 5 years ago. It’s been incubating over time, and when the Switch was announced we felt that with the new kinds of technology it was bringing to the market it would be a good fit for this project.

And of course, Puzzle & Dragons started on mobile, but there’s also Puzzle & Dragons Z, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, and Puzzle & Dragons X [in Japan] on the 3DS. Since those spin-off titles have all been on a Nintendo platform, we’re looking to see if there’s a possibility of potentially bringing that IP to the Switch. Nothing official at the moment, however.


Aside from Mario, do you have any other dream crossovers you’d love to do with Puzzle & Dragons?

Within the smartphone version of the game, we’ve actually already done a lot of collaboration efforts with other IPs like Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, and Dragon Ball Z. We’ve just been seeing if other teams are interested in collaborating, and it’s been working out well.

In personal terms, however — my dream crossover? Zelda. Of course, Mario is the ultimate, but next to that would be Zelda. Or even Splatoon, because style-wise, Splatoon seems to make a lot of sense. Other Nintendo titles of course would be great, but especially Zelda. How we could make it work is another story, but if it was possible, it would be a lot of fun.