E3 is over for another year and we saw some great new games. It’s always exciting to see the games that we are going to be playing in the months and years ahead. Nintendo had a solid showing with games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Super Mario Party, Trials Rising, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and Fortnite being real highlights. While we saw lots of great titles that are on their way to the console, there could always be more. Here’s five games, plus a bonus one, that we wish were coming to Switch.
Madden NFL 19
Probably the most obvious omission of a Switch port is Madden. The continued support for EA’s FIFA series shows how successful that game has been on the console. You would have thought, therefore, that bringing Madden to the system would be a no-brainer. I understand that they might need to do some work on the game to make it work on a less powerful system. EA Sports built a specialised game engine for FIFA on Switch so either they could use that or do the same again and create a new one for Madden. Being able to play this sort of the game on the go and with friends while out and about just seems an obvious thing. While it doesn’t have quite the same global appeal as FIFA, I still think that it could be very profitable for EA (and this comes from someone outside the US).
KINGDOM HEARTS III
KINGDOM HEARTS III feels like it has been in development for an age. The game looks like what would happen if the Final Fantasy series had a baby with the Disney company. Its cutesy looks with deep gameplay and complex story are just the kind of thing that Nintendo fans love. While the game looks good, it’s hardly a graphical powerhouse so a port over to Switch should be possible. A Nintendo platform has seen the series before with KINGDOM HEARTS: Chain of Memories on the Game Boy Advance. It might be most associated with PlayStation but this third entry is getting a release on Xbox One so why not the Switch as well. Here’s hoping that Nintendo can reach out to their fellow Japanese company and bring the game to their system.
The biggest thing coming out of the Bethesda E3 Showcase was the latest game in the Fallout series (I’m sorry but the Elder Scrolls VIand Starfield teases only showed 30-second clips that were more mood pieces than anything specifically related to those games). Fallout 76 is an ambitious online version of the franchise but I don’t see any reason it shouldn’t be coming to Switch. Bethesda has been particularly supportive of the Switch with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (you check out our preview here) all coming to the console. Fallout would be the next obvious choice and while that could be Fallout 4, there’s no reason it couldn’t be Fallout 76. Here’s hoping that Bethesda is just waiting to see the response to the full online service in September before announcing a Switch version of the game.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Another company who have been providing solid third-party support to Switch is Ubisoft. This makes it a little surprising that the publisher’s most famous franchise has yet to make an appearance on the system. Even the PlayStation Vita got an Assassin’s Creed game and that console was almost dead on arrival (sorry, Brett). After the successful return of the franchise with Origins, it would be great to see it come to Switch. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey looks like a load of fun and while it may be a hardware challenge it surely wouldn’t be impossible to port over to Nintendo’s console. However they decide to do it, surely the series has to come to Switch at some point and this seems as good a time as any. I for one would love to play Assassin’s Creed on the go.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider has come a long way since Crystal Dynamics rebooted the franchise in 2013. There was a bit of a hiccup with Rise of the Tomb Raider and the timed exclusivity for Xbox but once you got past that it was a fantastic game. Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks to continue this trend (fortunately no timed-exclusivity though) and is another game that would be great to see on the Switch. While the game footage shown during E3 was not the greatest, focussing far too much on combat, it’s still an eagerly-anticipated title. The game is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so why not bring it over to Switch as well. It would be so good to have the franchise come to the console and if they just can’t get this latest version of the game to run on it, maybe they could at least bring a version of the 2013 game. Whichever route they decide to go, please, can we just have some Lara Croft on the Switch.
Wish: Cyberpunk 2077
I know I said this was a list of five E3 games that should come to Switch but one of the games I would most love to come to the system is also one of the least likely. Cyberpunk 77 was finally unveiled to the public during E3 2018. CD Projekt Red has been working on the title for years now and if they can even get close to the quality they managed with The Witcher 3, this is going to be an amazing game. We might not have seen any gameplay yet but the teaser trailer was quite something and all reports are that the gameplay that was shown behind closed doors was amazing. While I highly doubt that the game will ever see the light of day on Switch, that doesn’t stop us wishing that it would happen.
With the incredible sales success of the Nintendo Switch, we really should be getting more third-party games on the system. I’m not oblivious to the fact that the system is not as powerful as its contemporaries but I’d be more than happy to sacrifice a little graphical fidelity to see these games arrive on Switch. What are the games from E3 2018 that you would like to see arrive on the console, feel free to share your picks in the comments section below.
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