Resident Evil 4 (and 1 and 0) releases for Nintendo Switch on May 21, and for some, it’s cause for celebration. For others, it warrants only a shrug of the shoulders. But if some of us are indifferent to seeing this masterpiece ported to the Switch, it’s not because we think the game is bad. (I sure hope not, anyway.) Rather, it’s because we’re just used to having Resident Evil 4 on every device under the sun, available at a moment’s notice. It’s like flipping channels on the TV and seeing that Back to the Future is on.
Back to the Future is a spectacular film. I could watch it any day of the week, or at least have it on as perfect background noise. Many others feel the same about it. And the cable networks are aware of this, because Back to the Future is on TV constantly. If the movie suddenly vanished from cable television, it would take at least a solid year before anyone actually noticed, but then there would be riots in the streets when they did.
(Granted, these riots would be conducted by people of age 28 and up. I already know that young people are reading this article and thinking, “Who watches TV anymore?” as they go back to watching Netflix on their phones.)
Anyway, what I’m getting at is that Resident Evil 4 has reached that same level of saturation. It’s not news that this game is coming to Switch — it would be news if the game weren’t coming to Switch. You can already buy it in some form for GameCube, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android, and Brazilian Zeebo. Of course it’s coming to Switch too.
So what’s the point of this little editorial? Is this a big complaint fest? God no. This is a big congratulations to Resident Evil 4. This classic is officially so embedded in the bedrock of gaming that some of its own fans can feel cheerfully indifferent to its presence on a new platform.
It’s become Back to the Future: It’s always there. You may or may not feel like engaging with it right this second. And you’d be outraged if it ever disappeared.