Former PlayStation head of third party relations is now at Nintendo

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Gio Corsi, the former head of third party relations at PlayStation, has now joined Nintendo in a similar role ahead of its next hardware release.

As reported by Wccftech, Corsi announced via X / Twitter that he has joined Nintendo of America’s “AAA 3rd Party Portfolio [management] crew.” Corsi’s key role will be to assist development teams in bringing their titles to Nintendo platforms. What’s more, with Nintendo Switch 2 expected to launch in 2025, it’s potentially a very well-timed hiring.

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While Corsi’s name may not immediately jump off the page, his role in PlayStation history shouldn’t be understated. A veritable champion of the PlayStation Vita, Corsi helped bring what would otherwise have been Japanese-exclusive Vita titles to Western audiences. And if you’re a fan of Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name and Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, you may have Corsi to thank as he was particularly keen on bolstering the series’ popularity in the West after a slow start in its earlier days.

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In any case, it’s safe to say the hiring of Corsi will likely pan out to be a very valuable one for Nintendo. The general consensus on the Nintendo Switch 2, from what we’ve heard on the grapevine, is that it’s likely to be a more powerful version of what we already have: a Nintendo Switch with welcome improvements to its specs.

This could open the doors for more third-party publishers to consider bringing their games to Nintendo’s systems if the Switch’s nature of being relatively underpowered can be addressed. And given Corsi’s track record, we may also see a greater volume of Japanese titles reach our shores for wider audiences to enjoy.

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Obviously, nothing’s set in stone as of yet, but the hiring of Corsi does suggest that Nintendo wishes to make its hardware more appealing to AAA-focused developers like Ubisoft, Square Enix and Capcom.

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