It seems like every month since the Nintendo Switch launched, we have been continuously surprised by what games are being announced for the hybrid platform. Seeing games the like Minecraft and Sonic Mania were totally suspected, however, other games that are (or will be) on the platform weren’t so obvious. This is our first clue that Nintendo isn’t the same company as before.
In case you somehow missed the news, on top of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim making its way to Nintendo’s platform, two of publisher Bethesda’s shooters are also on the way — Wolfenstein II and last year’s DOOM. While many gamers are quick to say “oh great, more ports”, this is actually quite big news considering Wolfenstein II is a brand new AAA game from Bethesda. Unlike the Wii U, the Switch is actually receiving new third-party titles — rather than just ports that are years old (Example: Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition on Wii U).
Similar to a lot of PC versions of AAA titles, Wolfenstein II is coming to Switch at a later date than the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Hopefully, Wolfenstein II Switch sales don’t take too big of a hit because of this. I can’t imagine they will, as it will be Nintendo fans and portable gaming lovers who will be picking it up on Switch.
The New Nintendo & Rocket Powered Battle-cars
When developer Psyonix was approached by Nintendo to bring Rocket League to Switch, they had one very stern request that they wouldn’t budge on, cross-network online play. In which Nintendo simply replied, “anything you need”. That right there folks, is a new Nintendo. The once stubborn and stuck in their ways company is finally opening up to new and exciting ventures that will surely change the gaming landscape as we know it (Now if only Sony would play nice).
For the full interview on Rocket League’s journey to Nintendo Switch, check out IGN’s fascinating interview with Psyonix’s Jeremy Dunham.
More Indies Are Taking Notice
Just today, it was announced that the terrifying Layers of Fear: Legacy was coming to Nintendo Switch. It’s not your typical indie game you would find on a Nintendo platform. My guess is that indie developers are taking notice of all the indie success on Switch lately. Last week we reported that the indie title Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap sold the most on the Nintendo Switch. And then, just a few days later we discovered that wasn’t the only indie success on Switch as of lately. FDG Entertainment, the publisher behind the Zelda-inspired Oceanhorn confirmed the Switch version of the game sold more on Nintendo’s platform than all the other console ports combined. That’s a huge feat considering the Nintendo Switch still has a very small install base in comparison to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and even PS Vita.
Rockstar Motherf**king Games
Rockstar Games and Nintendo are finally back in business together… with an LA NOIRE Switch edition. While sadly it isn’t the Grand Theft Auto V Switch version everyone was hoping for, it’s still the beginning of something that has huge potential. Nintendo and Rockstar Games last worked together in 2009 on the Nintendo DS title, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Sadly, we hadn’t seen another Rockstar Game on a Nintendo platform until now. Why is this, though? I can’t help but think Rockstar sees a lot of potential for the Switch, but they’re testing the waters a bit before they dive in. While this toe-dipping tactic seemed to rarely work for a lot of AAA publishers during the Wii U days, I think things will be different on Switch. Rockstar has the most positive of all stigmas attached to their name; they’re a very big deal. Along with that, the general consensus of the Switch I see around the internet is overwhelmingly positive (especially in comparison to the Wii U). I have lost count of how many times I’ve heard gamers say “this game would be perfect for Switch”. People love the Switch, people love Rockstar games — I can see a future that LA NOIRE actually sells well enough to justify a Switch version of Grand Theft Auto V — and that would surely be a gamechanger.
Once Rockstar Games is fully on board with the Nintendo Switch, who only knows who that’ll entice to hop on the Switch-express!
Just Getting Started
First-party, third-party, and indie support is starting off very strong for the Nintendo Switch. It’s great seeing sports games like NBA 2K18 almost on par graphically with the much more powerful PS4 and Xbox One consoles. Not to mention WWE is making its grand return to a Nintendo platform. There’s also a handful third-party exclusive deals like the breathtaking Project Octopath Traveler (that name is still awful though). Lastly, plenty of indies are choosing to launch first on Switch. Like the highly anticipated Smash Bros-inspired title, Brawlout — that is launching as a timed console exclusive.
If I had to shorten this opinion piece down to one sentence it would be: The Nintendo Switch has a very bright future ahead of it. Especially if Nintendo’s marketing stays strong. The Big N is taking a unique marketing approach with the Switch that keeps gamers excited for the console. With mini-showcases and Nintendo Directs every other month or so, they’re plopping new announcements periodically throughout the whole year, and it subtlely implants the word “Nintendo” in everyone’s brains repeatedly without us even realizing it.
The Switch has already achieved so much and doesn’t even feature streaming apps or a virtual console yet. I can only hope that Nintendo keeps making the right choices. What do you think? Are you currently a proud owner of a Switch? Do you want to see Grand Theft Auto V on it? Is the Switch only your exclusives machine? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our social media page.
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