Since the explosive popularity of the Nintendo Switch began in 2017 there have been variations on the expression “Switch port when” uttered around the internet. While recent Nintendo consoles may have suffered due to a lack of third-party support, Switch has been thriving with eager third-party developer and publisher support. Nonetheless, there are still numerous high-profile games yet to make the jump to Switch, regardless of how much fans have asked for them. With that in mind, here are some games or game series that would really be at home ported to Switch.
Of all the games on this list, Persona 5 is easily the game that Switch owners have been asking for the most. Lauded as one of the best JRPGs of the past generation, Persona 5 is a stylish mix of turn-based combat, dungeons, and an anime high school simulator, all wrapped up in an engaging story with a fantastic soundtrack to boot. It’s also a lengthy game, taking well over 100 hours to complete, and for this reason, it could be well suited to Switch. Many of the game’s loading screens feature the phrase “take your time,” and with the portable nature of the Switch, this would make more sense than ever.
Fitting in a play session here and there while out on the go would be a great way to tackle the lengthy JRPG without feeling burned out. Players who might have quit the game due to its length before would now have a more manageable method to tackle it. Atlus has made many allusions to the possibility of this port happening thanks to interviews and fan surveys, but whether this will bear fruit is hard to say. The appearance of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wasn’t the indication of a Persona 5 port that fans wanted it to be, though with the recent release of Persona 4 Golden on Steam, perhaps the idea of a Persona 5 Switch port isn’t as crazy as it used to be?
PlatinumGames and Nintendo have had a healthy relationship over the last decade. From Bayonetta 2 to Astral Chain, there is no shortage of great titles that PlatinumGames has produced for Nintendo systems. Nier: Automata isn’t one of them though. The much-lauded action RPG is easily one of the studio’s most creative games. Its slick third-person combat is akin to that of Bayonetta or Devil May Cry, but at the same time, it constantly throws new styles of gameplay at the player such as 2D sidescrolling or bullet hell sequences. Beautiful environments are home to RPG-style quests, and every aspect serves to enhance the complex story about the nature of AI and humanity.
There simply aren’t many character-based third-person action titles on Switch, let alone games that are as experimental as Nier: Automata is with its gameplay and storytelling. Between the ports of the original Devil May Cry games and the wait for Bayonetta 3, there is a gap to be filled that would be perfect for Nier: Automata. Whether the game will ever get a Switch port is hard to say, though if comments from Yoko Taro are anything to go by, Square Enix has to see the player demand to make this port happen.
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
Metal Gear is Hideo Kojima’s magnum opus. Nintendo players have access to Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes on GameCube and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on Nintendo 3DS, among other entries, but there is still plenty more where those came from. The 3D stealth genre has been underserved in recent years, and there are hardly any to speak of on Nintendo Switch. For these reasons, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection would be a great way for Switch owners to get their stealth fix, whilst also experiencing one of the craziest and most involved stories in all of gaming. From Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty‘s numerous twists to the cold-war spy thriller of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, there is a huge amount of content to dig in to.
In terms of a Switch port, the series’s penchant for long cutscenes wouldn’t be ideal for portable play, but this is where the other games in the collection enter the picture. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a level-based bite-sized adventure originally designed for portable gaming, while the inclusion of the original 2D Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake would offer smaller retro stealth experiences.
The addition of gyro aiming for first-person shooting or using motion controls as shortcuts to actions such as inventory management could add new functionality to the series too. Whether Konami will ever greenlight a port like this is a question mark, but here’s hoping that Snake can one day be known on Switch for more than his Super Smash Bros. appearance.
Mass Effect Trilogy HD
EA had been famously averse to both Switch ports and remastering games, but that is changing. Within the EA catalog, fan demand for the Mass Effect trilogy on Switch has been particularly high. The space opera role-playing series excels in features that even modern games still aren’t always nailing, such as having a great cast of fleshed-out companion characters and meaningful decisions that carry over between games (ignoring the Mass Effect 3 ending). They would bring a much-needed dose of quality western RPGs to Switch and would fill the hole left in Nintendo gamers who only got to experience Mass Effect 3‘s Wii U port.
With a Switch port, again, gyro aiming options could enhance combat encounters, while some touchscreen functionality could make controlling various player and navigation menus a breeze. (Anything that speeds up Mass Effect 2‘s mining mini-game is welcome.) Based on comments after the recent EA Play, it seems like a Mass Effect Trilogy HD is in the works, though it may be some time before we see it on Switch.
Batman: Arkham series
The Batman: Arkham series has become not only the best superhero game series available, but also one of the best gaming trilogies in general. Aside from last year’s release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, there haven’t been many superhero-focused games on Switch, so the Batman: Arkham games would be filling a much-needed niche with a release on Switch. Each game presents fantastic stories and performances, as well as fine-tuned stealth and combat gameplay that has inspired many games since.
The Metroidvania design of Batman: Arkham Asylum is a fun contrast to the open-world nature of its sequels, and all of the games are crammed full of fun lore and Easter eggs that reference Batman’s long history. From gameplay to story and level design, there is very little not to enjoy about this series. It’s about time Nintendo players get to experience the Batman: Arkham series in full, and not just via the Wii U ports of Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins.
These are the games that I want and think would fit on Nintendo Switch most, but what are the games that you would love to be ported to Switch?