54 Switch Ports We’d Love To See Before The Generation’s Out

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Since 2017, we’ve seen a slew of ports come to Switch, many of which previously seemed impossible. Surprises like 2016’s Doom, which appeared during the console’s launch year, and 2019’s Witcher 3 have shown that while clever optimization is needed, Nintendo’s console could. could. Delivering fully playable and completely captivating portable versions of some of today’s biggest video games.

As time has passed and next-gen platforms have launched from Sony and Microsoft, Switch ports have continued to arrive – the excellent Pentiment was a particular highlight this year. Fingers crossed for Ace Combat 7 and Stray, though recent disappointments like the Batman Arkham trilogy show that caution is advised. The Switch is now in its eighth year, and the tech it packs was hardly cutting-edge in 2017.

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However, there’s still life in the old hybrid, and besides, many games we’d still like to see ported could work just fine on the current console. There’s also the matter of over 140 systems sold, which means a whopping million addressable audience for developers eyeing a Switch port in 2024.

So, as we soak up the summer sun in one hemisphere (and settle in for a cozy winter in the other) with the knowledge of an upcoming official announcement of the Switch’s successor, let’s look back on one last blast from a “Please Nintendo, can we have more?” » — a summer overview of fantastic games we’d still like to see on Switch who remains missing.

You’ll find a mix of Wii U ports (yes, there are still a few left), a few Wii gems that could use the Donkey Kong Country returns in HD Treatment, a bunch of third-party classics, plus a few personal favorites that we just aren’t ready to give up. We’ve omitted games that are already playable through Nintendo Switch Online, or anything that is very likely to appear there (e.g. Diddy Kong Racing).

So now we present our final Switch port wishlist, in alphabetical order. Which coincidentally means we start with a few real chimeras…

Alan wakes up 2

The original Alan Wake is on Switch in remastered form. It’s an unimpressive port, but it signaled Remedy’s interest in the console and sparked our fever dreams that the GOTY-winning sequel might have a chance of happening.

What are the chances?

A control-style cloud version? Maybe, but who really wants that? As much as it pains us, this game and the next one on the list feel like they’ll need more horsepower than the current console can muster if they want to move to Nintendo hardware without severe compromises.

Baldur’s Gate 3

Another GOTY 2023. Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3 has struck a chord with series fans and newcomers alike, and with versions 1 and 2 already on Switch as an Enhanced Edition, completing the BG set would be a treat.

What are the chances?

Very slim – in reality, it’s another one for the “Switch 2” wish list. If Nintendo’s next console is, as has been suggested, an iterative update of the current hybrid, and if third-party developers are gearing up to start with ports that aren’t tenable on the current model, we could be able. could be able. Discover a launch program for the ages! Okay, we’re getting ahead of ourselves with this hypothesis. But it obliges us.

Generally speaking, almost every game that launches with a new console sells well due to the limited number of options for early adopters (there’s a reason Ubisoft always gets in early with something), so if we were a developer of any size, we would consider getting stuck for a day.

Enough pies in the sky. Let’s move on to something the current Switch could run in standby.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Not much to say, really. It’s strange that it was never available on a Nintendo console, and strange that we had two (excellent) collections but no Symphony.

What are the chances?

There are question marks around the Requiem compilation of Symphony and Rondo of Blood being a Sony exclusive, but we don’t see anything stopping Konami from releasing a standard, standalone port. Or, you know, invest in the most famous entry in the series and make it available in sparkling form with extras on all platforms.

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