Artdink has been developing the A-Train train simulation franchise since the 1980s, and if you’re a sim fan, you might have played A-Train 3D: City Simulator on Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Today is an important day for the franchise though, as A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism has launched on Nintendo Switch, introducing — as the name would suggest — tourism to its urban planning gameplay, and there is a goal of transforming towns into “bustling tourism capitals.” The game also offers “realistic business management simulations of financing, investing, and more, as well as a wide variety of customizable options for all your vehicles.”
If you’re hoping for each city to be a sprawling visual feast though, you might be disappointed, as the A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism launch trailer offers some pretty underwhelming graphics. It frankly looks like a PlayStation 2 game, which stings even more when you consider that the game costs $59.99. Still, the trailer at least succeeds at being tranquil.
Nintendo Switch offers a wide variety of simulation games, and as we’ve documented in detail, many of them are quite affordable. There is even a game about simulating model trains. But if you’re a hardcore Artdink fan or sim lover, A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism might still be a good time on Switch, even with its wanting visuals and heavy price tag.