With several months still out from its 1st anniversary of announcement and even more from its release, the Nintendo Switch has had a strong freshman year. New juggernauts like The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey have graced the system along with a number of ports and remasters. Within the past week three third-party ports were released on the system: Skyrim, L.A. Noire, and DOOM. While these three ports have varying degrees of quality, all three of them have proven that the device is a promising console for turning old favorites into portable games.
With that in mind we’ve taken a look back at our favorites of last and current generation, and picked out ten series we’d love to see on the Switch.
XCOM 2: War of The Chosen
XCOM 2 is a fantastic strategy game that was recently upgraded into an all-time classic with the release of its War of the Chosen expansion. As the Switch is pretty barren right now when it comes to strategy titles outside of (the excellent) Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, we’d love to see one of the best ported to the system. Considering that the first game was ported to mobile platforms like iOS and is considered one of the best games you can play on there, a Switch port for the sequel doesn’t seem like too much of an implausibility. Since War of the Chosen packs hours of content and is also highly repayable, a collection for both would be the perfect travel-sized game for strategy lovers.
You can read our review for XCOM 2: War of the Chosen here.
Sony has a strong hold over the mainline Persona series, so this one is a bit a stretch. Still, we can’t help but dream of being able to play Persona 3, 4, and 5 since being able to play those games on the go helps with dealing with each’s ridiculously long playtime. It’s more likely that we’ll get another spinoff like Persona Q but hey, it doesn’t hurt to dream, right JRPG fans?
You can read our review of Persona 5 here.
A real dark horse, From Software was announced as one of the partners for the Nintendo Switch way back in January when the system was announced. It’s not too much of a stretch to assume that they’re working on a port of Dark Souls 3 (read our review here) or maybe even a collection of the first three games. Whatever the case, a Dark Souls port would be a welcome entry on Nintendo’s small powerhouse of a system, assuming the port would be sturdier than the series’ famously buggy releases.
Metal Gear Solid Collection
Metal Gear Solid is a behemoth of the series, as beloved as it is divisive. There’s also currently no way to play any of the games outside of V on modern consoles. The collection certainly deserves some kind of release and it’d be great to have the whole shebang on Switch, especially since we’ve seen games like Snake Eater on both the 3DS and the Vita.
South Park Collection
Both The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole have proven to be appropriately hilarious jaunts through one of TV’s classic shows but also fun send-ups of video game tropes and the RPG genre as a whole. Having a gut buster of a comedy game in your pocket when you’re in need of a laugh is handy and considering how fun it is to actually play both titles, a South Park collection seems as good of a candidate as any.
For our review of The Fractured But Whole, go here.
The Arkham Quadrilogy
Rocksteady made shockwaves with its influential take on Batman, with games like Shadow of Mordor borrowing heavily from the series’ rhythmic combat system, setting a new high bar for how to adapt other media into video games. Having all four Batman games (even the often maligned but still enjoyable Origins) in a single play-whenever-and-wherever-you-want package would be a fantastic bat time.
For more on Arkham, check out our review of the latest (and probably last) game in the series, Arkham Knight.
Grand Theft Auto V
An admittedly obvious inclusion because…well, who doesn’t want to cause a ruckus in Los Santos? It’d be interesting to see if the ambitious multiplayer sprawl and brawl of Grand Theft Auto Online would function on the Switch’s online infrastructure but even if the port was single-player only, that’s still an obscene amount of thrilling content and one of the best open-world games in years that you could carry around with you. And Rockstar has turned out to be, surprisingly, one of the early developers to stick its feet in the Switch pool with L.A. Noire, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that we could see GTA V on Switch, especially since the game was technically released on last generation hardware. Hard to beat that with Trevor’s bloodstained bludgeon bat.
Check out our review of the remastered version here.
Mass Effect Trilogy
Like Metal Gear Solid, it’s a crime that you can’t play this important and fantastic series on current generation hardware. In the aftermath of Mass Effect Andromeda’s lukewarm reception, Electronic Arts and Bioware might soon find themselves inclined to give fans what they’ve been asking for for years: a rerelease of the entire trilogy. Having those games be playable on the go would also be a fantastic way to (re)experience one of gaming’s greatest series.
The current king of hack and slash dungeon crawling, Diablo III has continued to grow in impressive ways since its release way back in 2012 with a plethora of content updates. The Switch’s control scheme and portability make it a perfect vehicle for Diablo’s seemingly simple but ingeniously designed loop of Kill Things And Get Loot. Creating a local multiplayer functionality where Switch players can join in on each other’s game would also be quite fun. We hope to see one of Blizzard’s modern classics come to the Switch sooner rather than later.
Red Dead Redemption
Fans have long waited (in vain) for a rerelease of what many consider to be Rockstar’s magnum opus. With Red Dead Redemption 2 supposedly just a few months away and people pining for Switch remasters, now is as good a time as ever for the developer to dip back into the Old West and give the people what they want: a prettier, better performing version of John Marston’s epic adventure.