“Port begging” has been a frequently used term when it comes to the Nintendo Switch, as fans beg developers and Nintendo itself to bring X, Y or Z games to the Switch so they can play them on the go. It speaks to the success of the system, but the reality of the situation is that not every game can make its way to the Switch. A number of smaller, indie games have found success there, as have a few larger titles like Skyrim, DOOM and soon enough Dark Souls, but there are still plenty more ports people want to see.
I’ve been thinking about Switch ports myself a lot lately, as even though I used the system a bunch in 2017 for Mario, Splatoon, Zelda, etc, I find myself now waiting for a reason to go back to it other than continued shrine and moon hunting. So which games do I think need Switch ports the most? I’ve come up with a shortlist, both for games I’d like to see, and ones that make sense in the larger context of the industry.
This one just seems like a logical extension of GTA 5’s trajectory to this point. The game has been released for two generations of consoles and PC at this point, and the Nintendo Switch feels like another platform it’s destined to conquer. The game is old enough where I have to believe that even with the Switch’s power constraints, that something could be done to make a pretty great GTA 5 port for the system, and it would help push GTA 5 over 100 million sales, a marker it is getting dangerously close to with its release on five other platforms. This game is still absurdly popular, and if the Switch ends up being as big as current projections predict, then GTA will absolutely want to find a way to develop a port for it.
I will lump these two together to avoid upsetting either fanbase, but these games are absolutely exploding right now, and players have been clamoring for a Switch port for either or both. Neither is all that graphically intensive, so that wouldn’t be an issue. The biggest hurdle would be making sure that Nintendo’s online service was up to par to be able to handle these large scale matches with consistency. If so, and if you could play PUBG or Fortnite matches on the go over Wifi, that would take fan obsession with those games to a whole new level. I’ve already heard crazy stories about people going to extreme lengths to play Fortnite like bringing consoles with them on vacation or actually buying new ones because they can’t stand to be away from the game for that long. A portable version of Fortnite or PUBG would have an absolutely enormous market, and I hope Nintendo and Epic/PUBG Corp. can make this happen while these games are at the peak of their popularity.
The internet was thrown into a frenzy when it appeared Blizzard was teasing a Diablo 3 Switch port…by showing a video of a Diablo light switch cover being flipped, but it’s not clear if everyone was reading too much into that, as Blizzard said they didn’t have anything to announce on the matter. But that doesn’t mean a Diablo 3 Switch port shouldn’t happen, because it definitely, 100% should. D3 is the kind of aging-but-still-amazing game that is ripe for a port onto a console like the Switch, as it would be incredibly fun to play on the go, and would not tax the Switch’s horsepower constraints in the least. And we should not forget that against all odds, Diablo 3 is actually really good on console, as Blizzard did the impossible in that regard. This would be an absolutely fantastic port and I hope it comes to fruition.
Every Pokémon Game
This is my only request on this list that involves actual Nintendo titles, but it’s a big one, particularly for Nintendo who seems consistently afraid to do anything logical with the Pokémon series. Nintendo is continuing to drag its feet about Virtual Console, so this is what I want: A $60 title that is literally just every Pokémon game in history, adapted for the Switch. They are Nintendo’s most famous, most popular portable games of all time, and the Switch is a new, portable console. It seems beyond obvious that Nintendo needs to unleash its old Pokémon hits on the system, in addition to developing next-gen Pokémon for Switch, which is what they’re doing. This needs to happen.
Monster Hunter World
This one is a stretch, as it’s a brand new AAA game, the likes of which have been mostly impossible to bring to the Switch given their performance requirements. But man, does everyone want to see this happen. Monster Hunter World is the perfect type of game to pick up and play wherever you are for any length of time, as there’s always something to farm, and it’s no wonder that fans have been dying to see this port. Capcom has said porting MHW to Switch would be “difficult” which is Japanese for “we’re not doing it,” but perhaps they’ll change their mind. Recently Adam Boyes of Iron Galaxy Studios appealed to Capcom on Twitter to let his company take a crack at a Switch port for the game, as he believes it’s something he could absolutely make happen. Let’s hope he, or someone, is up to the task, and we see this happen sometime in the next few months, rather than the next few years, if ever.
This story was originally published in forbes Entry posted by Paul Tassi