The Nintendo Switch has been performing well beyond anyone’s expectations, perhaps even more than Nintendo’s own. The hybrid home console/portable gaming unit has been setting sales charts ablaze; within its nine months of existence, it has become the fastest selling console ever. With a first year line up consisting of first party juggernauts such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as third party hits like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Disgaea 5 Complete and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, not to mention indie gems that include Battle Chef Brigade and Golf Story, Nintendo’s latest console release has had a little bit of everything for everyone.
One of the more notable aspects of 2017’s Nintendo Switch library was the number of ports that had been released. It wasn’t just third party ports, with Doom and LA Noire seeing releases to the unit, but even Nintendo released a slightly updated version of their Wii U gem Super Mario Kart 8. With word of another Wii U port coming over (Bayonetta 1+2), as well as Dark Souls Remastered hitting up the Switch, it seems almost as if what was old, has now become new. Many classics from a generation ago, are beginning to find a new life on a new home, and thanks to the portable nature of the Nintendo Switch, we are able to play them without having to be confined to a television screen.
With the immense success of the Nintendo Switch, and how it has started to become home to porting memorable gaming experiences that were previously exclusive to a standard home console, I came up with a list of games that absolutely need to be released this year. These are experiences that will go hand in hand with what the Switch is all about – taking those home console quality experiences out and about. While some may argue that an over-saturation of generation old ports may point towards a future where original content may slowly dissipate, I feel that it’s important to showcase the nature of the Switch to its fullest, which would hopefully open developers eyes towards creating newer experiences that utilize the system to is fullest. If you know some titles that are begging to be ported over to the Switch, please mention them in the comments below.
Grand Theft Auto V
Although I had my qualms about this San Andreas representation being 85% dead space whereas Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas managed to make vast, open lands still feel lively, there is no denying that a portable version of Rockstar’s latest franchise release, feels like a natural fit. The last time we’ve had a portable GTA that felt fully realized and visually on par, was on the PSP with Liberty City and Vice City Stories. With the Nintendo Switch, a port of GTAV would blow those two away in every respect. I’d likely spend way too much time at a wifi hotspot, playing GTA Online.
With Skyrim taking over my life on the Switch, why not add three more Bethesda open world RPG titles to the mix? Hundreds upon hundreds more hours of content spanning three games, spanning three locations, with three distinct vibes. Fallout 3 and New Vegas can benefit from a visual remastierng of sorts, even if it’s a middle ground boost, as Skyrim was. Hell, I have 183 hours into Fallout 4 on the PC right now, I’ve only done the first hour of the storyline, and I wouldn’t mind setting aside that save game for the chance to be able to take it on the go. With a myriad of DLC content between the three games, Fallout Trilogy could easily consume you for the entire calendar year.
Mass Effect Trilogy
I’ve always wanted to be able to play through Commander Shepard’s storyline on the go, and with the Nintendo Switch, this could, and damn well should, become a reality. As with the Fallout Trilogy, there’s a wealth of content through its core titles, DLC and, of course, it’s life consuming multiplayer suite featured in Mass Effect 3. Just the notion of being able to sit at an airport, waiting for my flight, and having time to throw in a few ME3 multiplayer matches, it’s mind blowing even in thought. It’s a trilogy I’d buy, and play once again, if/when it makes its appearance on the Switch, and I’m sure fans of the franchise would eat it all up again, but this time on the go.
Resident Evil 7: biohazard
Kudos to Capcom for rebooting a franchise that, to be kind, they nearly killed off with Resident Evil 5 and 6. The focus on a first person experience through a rebooted world more focused upon horror and trepidation, was exactly what the franchise desperately needed. For years, the only fear factor that came from the Resident Evil franchise was due to how scarily awful it had become, but all that has changed. This may not be the best game for a first time player to take out with them on the go, unless they do not mind freaking out in public over jump scares and such. I had originally penned this as a Resident Evil Collection, but I don’t think I’d wish 5 or 6 on anyone like that, even if it was a tutorial on “how to (d)evolve a franchise”.
We have seen Borderlands 2 on the PlayStation Vita, but it was a butchered port that sacrificed too much to get it onto the handheld. With there being less of a restriction on what the Switch can do with such a game, Borderlands 2 would be a no-brainer title to shoot over. Borderlands 2 has the perfect balance of thrilling gameplay, humor and loot chase to it when it came to the franchise. As with most of the games on this list, it’s an experience that took players dozens, if not hundreds of hours of their time, and yet they’d do it all over again if they had the opportunity to take it on the go. Just please, leave the Pre-Sequel behind.
Super Mario Strikers
As I’ve been piecing this article together, I see that there’s a predominant trend towards RPG’s and games with guns. How about some arcade sports action? Super Mario Strikers is a Nintendo Gamecube soccer game with over-the-top gameplay, powerups and lots more. It was an addiction of mine, as well as several co-workers and friends back when I worked at Toys R Us in Times Square, and it’s something worth porting over to take on the go. Add in some online connectivity and you’ll have something that will capture your attention as long and as hard as every other game and franchise featured above.
The Disney Afternoon Collection
Who says we have to stick to just previous generation ports? The Disney Afternoon Collection contains six Nintendo Entertainment System era titles from Capcom: DuckTales 1 and 2, Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers 1 and 2, Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin. Although I cannot speak for TaleSpin as I’ve never had the chance to play it, the other five games are classic, memorable and lovable 8 bit games of immense quality. These would be the perfect time passers that are more pick up and play than most anything else listed here, with the only drawback being that they are not necessarily new portable experiences if you’ve ever owned a PSP with a custom firmware. Regardless, this was some of Capcom’s finest from the 8 bit era, and it deserves a release on the Switch to compliment the PS4, XB1 and PC releases.