Although it isn’t easy to say at this stage, early reports suggest the Nintendo Switch launch has been a relative success. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, revealed that in the Americas the new console sold faster than any Nintendo console.
Despite this many developers are yet to commit to the idea of bringing their games over to the new system.
So which games do we most want to see make it onto Nintendo’s new console?
For many Nintendo fans who have grown attached the Switch after two months of intense Breath of the Wild gameplay, the answer might be: everything. The reality is the seamless switch from home console to portable mode is really satisfying, and playing a game like Zelda this way is frankly incredible.
So when you return to Horizon Zero Dawn or Mass Effect Andromeda, maybe there’s something in you that wishes you could take the game with you on your commute or when someone else in the household needs the TV.
But we’re also painfully aware of the Switch’s limitations, and nobody is expecting a huge game like Red Dead Redemption 2 to arrive on any Nintendo hardware. It would be incredible to play the entire Souls series on the console, but does the intense, break-free gameplay of Dark Souls really lend itself to a console meant for portable gameplay? Certainly we may see something from FromSoftware eventually, but there are some titles that already seem like a match made in heaven for Switch.
So more accurately, we should ask which games do we want to see, that are perfect for the Switch?
After releasing in 2015, Psyonix’s quirky soccer-with-cars has gone from strength to strength. Rocket League has received multiple industry awards, seen its community grow to around 29 million registered players and been picked up as a competitive eSport. It’s also exactly the kind of fun family-friendly multiplayer suited to the Nintendo Switch.
Local multiplayer and eSports is just one angle of the Switch that Nintendo pushed in their advertising, demonstrating an eight person Splatoon arena battle in early trailers, and so it could prove a great console on which to nurture and grow Rocket League’s community.
When asked about this very subject, Psyonix’s VP Jeremy Dunham told the following to IGN;
“Just like all the other platforms, we are evaluating it. We’re looking to see what the technical requirements are,” Dunham said. “We’re looking to see what kind of true community demand there is. We’re looking to see how it would benefit the community as a whole. So we’re still in that evaluation phase. It’s definitely too early to say that it wouldn’t happen, but it’s also definitely too early to say that it would.”
Remaining non-committal is the wary stance of many developers at the minute, as they wait to see the Switch’s player community grow, or watch the console bomb like a WiiU. It also remains to be seen if Nintendo can create a strong, user-friendly and reliable online community for the Switch – which for a game like Rocket League is vital.
This one is surely inevitable, but so far no Animal Crossing have been announced for Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing games deliver a tonne of content but with relaxed, casual gameplay that is absolutely perfect for Switch. The game is already popular on 3DS, and Nintendo will no doubt want to avoid alienating existing fans, but it seems reasonable to expect an announcement on this before the end of the year.
With hundreds of hours of gameplay, a huge, beautiful world to explore and exceptionally designed dungeons to uncover, Persona 5 has a somewhat overwhelming amount of content that is an absolute dream for JRPG fans. The addictive grind and time management mechanics of the game are almost perfect for a portable version. Despite this, the game has been released for PS3 and PS4 alone, without even a Vita version to appease portable gaming fans.
With the success of the Switch, an eventual port of the game certainly seemed possible.
Any hopes of this were swiftly dashed by former Atlus PR Manager John Hardin via Twitter, who seemingly confirms the game is not intended for release on any further platforms in the future.
Still, the notable demand for a game like this should surely nudge developers towards the idea of a portable option for future iterations of the franchise.
Sega are already working on Project Sonic 2017 for the Switch, and after the console’s successful launch it seems likely we’ll see more third party support than the WiiU ever experienced.
The idea of a huge, open world Pokémon in HD on the big screen has been discussed at length for years, and with the advent of Nintendo Switch, a fully-fledged Pokémon console game is now extremely likely.
Previous games in the series have found their way onto console, but only through a range of spin off titles such as Pokémon Snap or Colosseum. Whilst some of these had RPG elements, we’ve never seen a full, traditional Pokémon game built for a console.
It’s something fans have always demanded, but developers have always cited the distinctly portable, social nature of the game and the desire to keep it on handheld. The Switch allows them to do just that, whilst still delivering the big screen dream we’ve been waiting for.
Whilst there is no official date for Pokémon Switch as of yet, a recent clue came in the form of a job listing from GameFreak. The game designer listing certainly sounds like it relates to the new game, and as the role terminates May 2018, we could expect to know more about the game by late next year.
+ Any Strategy Simulator..
The more I thought about this, the more overgrown this list became, and so instead I’m lumping a great deal of titles into this fairly broad section. The reality is there is something mildly addictive in the slow grind of strategy simulators that together with their slower pace makes them perfect for portable devices.
We’ve already seen big games like Sim City, Total War, Roller Coaster Tycoon or Football Manager arrive on tablets and mobiles in recent years, with great success. It’s an easy leap to expect these titles to be available in some form on the Switch in the near future.