Come on, Capcom. Why does it have to be like this? Back in February, we got the exciting news that three classic Resident Evil games are headed to Switch. Capcom is releasing Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4 all on Nintendo’s hybrid console on May 21. The review embargo is in place until launch, but all three are now available in Japan, so details are coming in. GameXplain purchased an Australian copy of the game, and they discovered something disappointing. Resident Evil 4 on Nintendo Switch lack motion controls.
Resident Evil 4 originally launched on GameCube in 2005, but it made its way to many other platforms. Capcom released a Wii port in 2007, and it was hugely popular. Wii’s motion controls gave the game a whole new feel, and many fans loved it. The Wii version went on to sell just under 2 million copies, despite being a port of a last-generation game.
Because of this, many players expected the Switch port to include motion controls as well. Joy-con controllers make for a great Wii remote replacement, so why not? Toss in Switch’s portability, and you’d have the most player choice friendly version of the game possible. Unfortunately, Capcom decided against this.
This isn’t the first time Capcom has disappointed with this Resident Evil 4 port. You can buy the game for $20 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but not on Switch. For some unknown reason, Capcom is charging $30 for the Switch port specifically, even though it’s a digital-only release. The combination of an increased price and cut features is not a great look for an otherwise excellent game.