The new generation of PlayStation and Xbox may be on the horizon but that has not stopped the Nintendo Switch’s momentum. Recently the big N gave us a taste of what is to come this festive season and beyond for the handsome hybrid we have all grown to love for making high-quality gaming accessible wherever we go. No longer do we have to suffer watered-down spin-offs of our favourite franchises but instead we can play the real McCoy on a big screen or in handheld whether we are in the comfort of our own homes, navigating the wild wilderness of public transport or away on business in a boring hotel room.
Because of this the Switch has garnered much deserved mass appeal to gamers of all ages and with a great user base comes a great game selection. Some may criticise Nintendo’s allowance of so many ports and remasters being heavily promoted on the Switch but we say different. Why not make timeless classics and modern hits available for all, there are numerous gamers of all ages who may have missed out on these titles first time round, players who have the Switch as their sole console or don’t have the time at home to sink hours into a hefty RPG or explore a sprawling open-world but might be able to chip away at it a bit more leisurely during commutes.
Now we know the Switch isn’t a powerhouse like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X but developers have really outdone themselves with some technical wizardry lately, The Witcher 3, Alien: Isolation, DOOM, Wolfenstein 2 and Crysis all prove that the Switch is an extremely capable machine and can deliver some of the largest worlds and graphically demanding games to the palm of your hand with impressive quality and with the resurfacing rumours of a more powerful Switch on the way, things are only looking brighter for Nintendo Switch players, so here are Ten Games (in no particular order) that TBG would still like to see ported to the Nintendo Switch!
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle Earth has not had much of a presence on the Switch so it would be great to see Monoliths awesome action-adventure get a port. Set in a time before the events of The Lord of the Rings books/movies, you control Talion, a ranger from Gondor who seeks revenge on the forces of Sauron after his family is murdered. Though Talion is mortally felled in the game’s introduction, the wraith of the Elven Lord Celebrimbor is able to use his power to keep Talion alive, along with gifting him wraith-like abilities. Shadow of Mordor is dark and authentic feeling with gameplay that is best described as a mix of Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham Series, plus all the Uruk’s have thick cockney accents so there are hours of entertainment right there!
Red Dead Redemption
One of the most infamous titles in recent years has to be Rockstars open-world western, Red Dead Redemption. Although the second entry in the franchise it was the first introduction for many and featured a rich story with memorable characters with an open world that drew from Rockstars success with the Grand Theft Auto series. Venture through the wild west and engage in gunfights, train robberies, horseraces, bandit hunts and just about every other western cliche this side of Clint Eastwood. Chances are this is on everyone’s list for most wanted ports which should be enough to say how popular to is.
Grand Theft Auto V
We cant talk about porting open-world games without talking about Rockstars flagship franchise, Grand Theft Auto. GTA V is one of the most successful games in history and probably needs little introduction due to it enjoying huge sales success across two generations while maintaining a thriving online community. If the Witcher 3 is anything to go by, GTA V should be able to perform on the switch to a high standard. Chances are this may be a long shot as Rockstar are likely hard at work on GTA VI by now while continuing to support RDR2 but we can’t deny the prospect of robbing banks with our friends while sitting on the toilet is very appealing.
The Evil Within
From the creator of Resident Evil comes The Evil Within, a third-person horror that brings back the ass clenching tension and atmosphere the genre was once famous for that will keep you on edge as you struggle to manage resources and survive a twisted world full of terrifying adversaries. The game world can transform during scripted events and as a result of player actions, altering locations and creating new paths or teleporting the player to new areas, this is one to play with the lights off, headphones on and clean underwear to hand! If you were a fan of Resident Evil 4 then this is the closest to a proper follow up you are likely to find.
Dishonored is a first-person, action-adventure with an emphasis on stealth and the use of gadgets and the environment to eliminate or avoid your foes. The game world is a series of self-contained, mission-focused areas designed with multiple avenues of exploration in terms of in-game movement and powers. Become a shadow and complete a mission undetected or pounce from the shadows like a deadly assassin, the choices you make will shape the world you play in throughout the stylish tale of politics, betrayal and revenge.
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection
Why Metal Gear Solid HD has not yet appeared on the Switch is anyone guess, but chances are it is down to the bollock for brains big wigs at Konami not having a clue that this would be a great hit for Switch owners and could be considered as easy money for them. Featuring three of the finest entries in the saga, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater and MGS: Peacewalker along with a ton of extras, this collection has some of the finest stealth-action gameplay along with fantastic characters, an amazing soundtrack and some truly remarkable set pieces.
Splinter Cell: HD Collection
Sticking with some stealth action in a world of politics and espionage penned by the legendary Tom Clancy, it is a surprise that given the close relationship between Ubisoft and Nintendo that Sam Fisher has not yet made an appearance on the Switch. Yes, there is an argument that some more up to date entries like SC: Blacklist would be welcome but why not start off with the HD Collection that features the original Splinter Cell, SC: Pandora Tomorrow and SC: Chaos Theory.
Dragon Age: Origins
EA have slowly begun to see the light and renounce their greedy ways and finally, the Switch is starting to see the love with a recent port of Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Edition with more titles promised to be on the way. So we fantasy RPG fans would greatly appreciate being able to revisit the world of Dragon Age which features rich character customisation and party management, engaging plotlines and choices that shape the outcome of your journey and a world of politics, magic and monsters to explore. Dragon Age is an engaging adventure that draws clear inspiration from the worlds of Tolkien and a gem from the glory days of Bioware.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
This should come as no surprise and is one of the more likely ports on this list, Nintendo’s Xenoblade Chronicles has proven extremely popular since it’s inception, most recently the first game in the series was given a tasty remaster and released to huge success and positive fanfare. It only remains that X now makes it’s way from the Wii U back catalogue to the Switch so the whole series can be enjoyed on one console. Xenoblade Chronicles X has many similar gameplay mechanics to Xenoblade Chronicles, such as the freedom to explore the world, the ability to run to virtually anywhere seen in the distance, and the return of the Arts battle system which involves both auto-attacks and a cooldown timer for each Art but Rather than following a preset group of characters, X introduces the ability to customize player’s own character and name them at the beginning of the game.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
The long-running Devil May Cry series is as popular now as it has ever been, possibly more so. CAPCOM have already provided Switch users with the first three entries in the series, the third of which had a little extra love shown by providing some Switch exclusive extras, so it only makes sense that the fourth outing find a home with Nintendo too (plus it increases the chances of getting Dante in smash and getting him in Amiibo form) Follow series newcomer Nero and veteran hero Dante on an adventure to uncover a sinister plot to unleash demons on the world with fast-paced combat that combines swords and gunplay together with demonic abilities to really turn up the heat while fighting hoards of monsters and bosses.
So there it is, Ten Games TBG STILL want to see ported to the Switch, but trust us, there are more!
What do you think of our list? Anything on there you would love to revisit or perhaps something we haven’t mentioned that you would love to experience on Nintendos hybrid. Let us know in the comments below or on social media.