For the most part, it seems that fans didn’t mind — the games that were included were the more traditional, story-based ones, and Ultra Despair Girls is instead a third-person action-adventure game — but the fans who do mind may be able to change that.
According to an interview between Shun Sasaki, one of the developers of the Danganronpa series, and Famitsu (translated by Nintendo Everything), the spin-off game could, perhaps, make it to the Nintendo Switch some day.
“I think Nintendo Switch’s handheld mode would work well with Ultra Despair Girls, which was a cornerstone of the Vita lineup, but at this stage there’s nothing in the pipeline (laughs). The game deals with sensitive subject matter and we’re not sure if we can release it on Switch. If fans are vocal enough though, it makes it easier to turn it into a reality. If you’d like to see it, please speak out!”
The “sensitive subject matter” that Sasaki mentions has been a mainstay of the Danganronpa series, which features the brutal murders of teens as its main concept, but Ultra Despair Girls in particular is known for featuring heavy subjects like the sexualisation of children and paedophilic characters.
Ultra Despair Girls didn’t have the best reception when it first came out. Released in various forms between 2014 and 2017, the game has only sold a fraction of the copies that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc managed, and its Metacritic score hovers around 7/10. Nevertheless, the game has its fans, and now it’s up to them to decide the fate of this game.
Are you one of the fans of Ultra Despair Girls? Would you like to see it on Switch? Time to be vocal in the comments!