Christmas may have been and gone but for many of us, our big day is March 3rd. Yup, as Nintendo’s new console moves ever closer, many retro and new Nintendo fans are caught-up in the wonder of what games are currently in development.
Below, you’ll find a list of D4G’s most wanted ports for the Nintendo Switch. Remember, these won’t be Nintendo games, but 3rd party games that are just begging to be ported to a Nintendo Switch cartridge! (these are also in no particular order).
Persona 5/Series – Atlus’ amazing JRPG series has blessed many platforms over the years. Finally, the long-awaited 5th instalment is almost here and what would be better than to have this JRPG beast, hit Switch cartridge format.
Why Switch?: Anime, JRPG and the masterclass of persona games, just scream for a Switch release. Even just holding a Persona 5 cartridge would pretty much make our year! Atlus could even re-release all previous Persona games for the Switch. This could be released as individual products, bundles or even as a Switch-exclusive Persona 5 pre-order bonus!).
Phantasy Star Online 2 – Long-term fans were shocked to hear that PSO2 could never be released to western gamers. Close sources leaked that a contract had been signed by Sega, preventing the release of the game on Steam. However, did that contract really effect consoles and is the contract still in power? A PSO2 Switch release could be just what Nintendo need!
Why Switch?: Phantasy Star Online 2 would be perfect for the Nintendo Switch’s multiplayer abilities, not to mention its portable offerings (perfect for RPG grinding!). Add the fact that this would easily fit to cartridge (a much welcomed cart return for the series) and you have one amazing Switch port opportunity.
Nier: Automata – Platinum Games have once again created an unmissable third-person action adventure, that will become a pleasant surprise for the gamers eyes and ears. Offering stunning visuals, a very memorable soundtrack and a generous variation of gameplay styles, Nier: Automata is another RPG that would be amazing to play at home or on the go!
Why Switch?: Yes, this is possibly the largest game on this list so far, clocking-up around 46GB! However, Nintendo never said anything about being limited to 32GB carts? This means (just like the N64 and DS) that Nintendo can release higher capacity cartridges for certain games. Switch ports must also (wherever possible) add something unique to the release. Could Nintendo convince Platinum to add new missions, outfits or even new cut-scenes? (as Nier was only really criticised for lack of character development). Our fingers are crossed!
20XX – Head to Steam and read about this promising co-op platformer. Many gamers are calling this the true follow-up to the Megaman franchise and with huge co-op support, this could be the perfect multiplayer Switch game!
Why Switch?: It screams Megaman and with amazing local and online co-op support, it’ll put your additional Joy-con to good use!
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – This franchise always has us pre-ordering. There’s nothing better than fighting as your franchise favourites, such as Frank West, Dante, Doctor Strange, Rocket Raccoon and even the Nemesis from the Resident Evil series! We don’t know about you, but artistic, OTT and highly addictive fighters, automatically qualify for a Switch cartridge release!
Why Switch?: This is Marvel vs Capcom and it belongs on a cartridge! Nuff said.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4/Series – This isn’t just a push for Ninja Storm 4, but for the whole Ninja Storm series. Amazing anime fighters with deep storytelling, are just perfect for Nintendo’s new console. However, for gamers to truly appreciate Naruto’s cast and story, Bandi need to somehow port the whole lot over to the Switch. Imagine that!
Why Switch?: Naruto is one of the best fighters we’ve played (trust us, you’ll really get your money’s worth with the Ninja Storm franchise) and it’s about time Naruto came back to the cartridge…where he belongs!
Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom – We’ll admit, only a few anime licensed games make the grade and AOT surprised a lot of fans with how good it actually turned out. Offering a mature story with amazing art work, this is a game Nintendo should be all over to help broaden its audience.
Why Switch?: Attack on Titan has finally got the game it deserves and Nintendo could add this to the Conkers Bad Furr Day, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, No More Heroes 2, MadWorld and ZombiU portfolio, that has aimed to capture a more mature audience for its recent consoles.
The King of Fighters 14 – Many expected a 3D remake of KoF to fall flat, but the genius idea of going 3D with a 2D plane, was enough to innovate The King of Fighters 14, while still appealing to long-term fans.
Why Switch?: The retro aspect of KOF 14 with the 2D plane design, scream the Switch’s cartridge media and Joy-con. This is one fighter we’d love to see on cartridge release for the Switch. Retro remake ports like this, would also help ease the wait of Nintendo finally adding Gamecube support for its Virtual Console service.
Overwatch – Blizzrd’s online shooter hit the mark with its gorgeous visuals, map design, tactical depth and memorable characters.
Why Switch?: Many of you may think this is the most far-fetched game on this list. However, not only would the base game perfectly fit on a Switch cartridge (it’s just future updates that would need an SD card), Overwatch could easily be the game Nintendo need to propel their online community. You’ve got to admit though, Overwatch does ooze of Ninty. We’d love to see this on a Switch cart!
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk – This anime classic has finally got a next-gen game! Give this release an added touch of challenge, move-sets and maybe even co-op play and this could easily transform into a cartridge great!
Why Switch?: It’s been years since we experienced Guts’ brutal combat on the Dreamcast and HD TV’s just restrict us from Guts’ Rage. We think it’s time this retro classic hit a Switch cart and if the main negatives are ironed-out (challenge and combat variety) this could become a Switch great. Just imagine this brutal brawler at home or on the go? Now imagine if the Switch release could take advantage of Co-op play?! C’mon, Ninty!
That was our most sought-after ports for the Nintendo Switch, but what about yours? Feel we’ve left any off? Want to let us know your personal order of the above games? Hit those comments and let us know!