According to publisher Gamuzumi, Nintendo bans games with anime nudity involved, even though previously released games on the Switch Store allowed this type of content. With this policy change, we see several games now being rejected due to their content, which does raise a few questions.
We did reach out to Nintendo for comment in regards to this policy change but have yet to hear back as of writing. This change in policy was mostly done in complete quiet, as it was not initially released to the public development community. On Twitter, publisher Gamuzumi tweeted out that they had some good news and some bad news, which was followed by the news that their game Hot Tentacles Shooter would not be making its way to the Switch, as they were informed it was rejected due to topless anime women no longer being allowed on the platform.
This random policy change has also caused their game Christmas Hentai Puzzle to be delayed, which left the publishers a bit stunned. According to Gamuzumi, Nintendo informed them that "obscene content could damage the brand and infringe its policies", meaning any games that include this form of content will need to be censored and republished to the platform. More so, Nintendo did apparently state that ecchi-type games are still allowed, and games like Chaos;Head Noah are still scheduled for release on the Switch, despite Steam banning the game from the platform.
Gamuzumi does go on to state that though this is bad news for those who create games that involve anime nudity, there are at least able to censor these things and resubmit the games for publishing, which they say is good news. On the other hand, they make sure to note that these changes are not only going to affect themselves but affect several other games that are already published on the platform.
This is not the first time we have seen Nintendo crack down on such things, as in July of 2022, Massage Freaks was delayed indefinitely when Nintendo caught wind of the game possibly being problematic. The game did seem to showcase some questionable content that some stated resembled actual sexual crimes that are committed in Japanese massage parlors, going as far as to use the actual names of a real-life Japanese idol group.
We've reached out to Nintendo for more information, and will update this story if we learn more.