54 Switch ports we'd love to see before the generation ends


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Since 2017, we've seen a lot of ports come to the Switch, many of which seemed impossible before. Surprises like Doom (2016), which came out in the system's launch year, and 2019's Witcher 3 showed that while clever adaptations were needed, Nintendo's console was still capable of delivering the best games on the market. can Providing fully playable and utterly engaging portable versions of some of the biggest video games in the world.

As time went on and Sony and Microsoft's next-gen platforms launched, the Switch ports kept coming – the excellent Pentium being a particular highlight this year. We're keeping our fingers crossed for Ace Combat 7 and Stray, although recent disappointments like the Batman Arkham Trilogy show it's important to be cautious. The Switch is in its eighth year, and the technology inside it was hardly cutting edge in 2017.

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She's gotten to where it needs to be, kid – Image: Damien McFerran / Nintendo Life

However, there's still life left in the older hybrid, and besides, many of the games we'd still love to see ported are perfectly capable of running on the current console. Plus, over 140 million systems have been sold, which means there's a pretty big audience for developers considering Switch ports in 2024.

So, as we're enjoying the summer sun in one hemisphere (and gearing up for a cozy winter in the other) with the knowledge of an upcoming official Switch successor announcement, let's look back for one last bang 'Please, Nintendo, can we have some more?' — A Brief Description of Summer Great games we'd still love to see on the Switch who are missing in action.

You'll find a mix of Wii U ports (yes, there are still some left), some Wii gems that could use Donkey Kong Country Returns HD treatment, a bunch of third-party classics, plus some personal favorites we don't want to miss out on. We've left out games that can already be played via Nintendo Switch Online, or anything that's likely to appear there (eg. Diddy Kong Racing).

So, now we present our final Switch port wish list in alphabetical order. Which incidentally means we start with something like Real pipe dreams…

alan wake 2

The first Alan Wake is available on the Switch in remastered form. It's not an impressive port, but it did signal Remedy's interest in the console and sparked our dreams that a GOTY-winning sequel is likely on the way.

What are the possibilities?

A Control-style cloud version? Perhaps, although who really wants that? As much as it pains us, this and the next game on the list feel like they're going to need more power than the current consoles can offer if they're to get onto Nintendo hardware without making serious compromises.

Baldurs Gate 3

Another 2023 GOTY. Larian Studios' Baldur's Gate 3 impressed both fans and newcomers to the series, and with both 1 and 2 already on Switch as Enhanced Editions, completing the BG set will be a treat.

What are the possibilities?

Very little – realistically, it's one of those on the 'Switch 2' wish list. If Nintendo's next console is, as suggested, an iterative update on the current hybrid, and if third-party developers are willing to hit the ground running with ports that run on the current model, we'll be happy to see more of that. can We've been looking at a launch lineup for forever! Okay, we're moving on from that hypothetical. However, it compels us.

Generally, almost any game that launches with a new console sells well due to the limited options for early adopters (which is why Ubisoft always launches early). Some?), so if we were a developer of any size, we'd consider getting involved from day one.

Enough of that. Let's talk about something the current Switch can do in its sleep.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Really, there's not much more to say. It seems strange that it never came out on a Nintendo console, and it's also strange that we have two (excellent) collections but no Symphony.

What are the possibilities?

There are question marks over the Requiem compilation of Symphony and Rondo of Blood being a Sony exclusive, but we can't stop Konami from releasing a standard, standalone port. Or, you know, investing in the series' most famous entry and making it available in glorious form with extras on all platforms.



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