A new interview has emerged that reveals that it was the team at NIS America who contacted Falcom to ask them to bring Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA to the Nintendo Switch platform. They thought it was an excellent opportunity, so they embraced it.
“Just as we thought Switch would be an interesting platform in terms of development, NIS America came to us with the idea of porting Ys VIII on Nintendo Switch. We hadn’t released a game on a Nintendo console in a while, so it was an excellent opportunity. As you implied, the number of games dedicated to handheld systems was decreasing so that was also a desire.”