Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch, is currently the best-selling one for the company. It’s an impressive console that caters to many audiences so it’s no surprise that it has become such a successful console. The library of Nintendo Switch games is still small for now, but there are a lot of titles already lined up.
Learning from their mistakes with the Wii U, Nintendo has made its most recent console more accessible to third-party developers. As such, the lineup of AAA games on the Nintendo Switch will grow in the future. Some of the confirmed third-party AAA Nintendo Switch games confirmed for now are Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and the NBA 2K series. However, a few developers are already hinting at their stint in Nintendo’s most recent console.
If there isn’t a hardcore difficult game on the Nintendo Switch right now, then one of the toughest series out there could make its debut on the device in the future. Prior to Nintendo Switch’s big Nintendo Direct showcase earlier this year, Laura Kate Dale from Let’s Play Video Games previously reported that an insider from FromSoftware has told them that a re-release of the three main Dark Souls games is set for the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch version of the acclaimed series has apparently been in the development stage for a while now. As for a release date, the Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls is set to release along with the Game of the Year edition of Dark Souls 3 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Bandai Namco later announced their Game of the Year edition for the game, dubbed “The Fire Fades Edition“. This edition is set to launch on April 21 for all current-gen platforms, but a Nintendo Switch version was not mentioned. With April 21 nearing, it’s unlikely for the game to launch on its alleged leaked date.
Dale also said the other entries in the series will re-release for the Nintendo Switch. It’ll be a full experience playing the Dark Souls trilogy with their respective DLCs.
When it comes to how the game will play out on the Nintendo Switch, it’s likely players wouldn’t have to adjust greatly to the Nintendo Switch’s control scheme. When connected, the Nintendo Switch and the JoyCon have the same buttons and triggers as the standard controller. This means From Software doesn’t have to adjust the controls accordingly.
Resident Evil 7
When it comes to the Nintendo Switch, it seems like Capcom has something else in mind aside from the Monster Hunter series. Gamerant reports that the chances of Capcom’s most recent entry in the Resident Evil series is very likely thanks to a few solid factors.
For starters, Capcom has had a strong bond with Nintendo ever since. Capcom’s Sweet Home, the game that inspired Resident Evil, was an NES exclusive back in 1989. And in recent history, Capcom made Resident Evil Revelations available on the Nintendo 3DS first before it was released into other consoles.
With the Nintendo Switch’s success and Capcom’s strong ties to Nintendo, we shouldn’t be too surprised if the developer announces that Resident Evil 7 will be part of the third-party AAA Nintendo Switch games lineup.
Capcom and other developers also requested Nintendo to considering making its new console have 4GB RAM to enable the company’s RE Engine to work well in both handheld and docked modes. The final specs of Nintendo Switch did end up having 4GB RAM, Capcom told Express they currently have no plans to Bring Resident Evil 7 to Nintendo Switch.
“I think it’s a very unique piece of hardware,” producer Masachika Kawata told Express. “I’m looking forward to the possibilities of the system itself, but we have no plans at the moment regarding Resident Evil on Switch.”
Past Nintendo consoles’ games were geared towards a younger audience and we rarely get to see games with mature themes. With Capcom being optimistic about the console’s hardware, it’s possible the company is simply waiting for the right time to port its game. Nintendo also seems to be trying to draw more audiences into their consoles with mature games such as Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and Binding of Isaac.
There’s a chance that Splatoon 2 will have to fight for competitive shooter supremacy as Blizzard’s Overwatch could be making its way to the Nintendo Switch as well. When it comes to a Nintendo Switch version of the hit shooter, Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan had this to say over during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit:
“I’m loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we’re always open minded about exploring possible platforms.”
Although Kaplan didn’t delve any deeper as to whether or not an Overwatch Nintendo Switch version will happen, it’s good to know that the guys over at Blizzard are looking into the possibility. Overwatch would be an exciting addition to the library of Nintendo Switch games as the title would be more fun when played while on the go.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Perhaps one of the biggest third-party game to be developed by a AAA studio hitting the Nintendo Switch is Beyond Good and Evil 2. It’s big, not because of the game itself but because the rumors indicate that the sequel to the hit classic Beyond Good and Evil will be available as a timed-exclusive on the Nintendo Switch. Dale also took to Twitter earlier this year to break the news.
“BGE2 codename is Odyssey. Exclusive to Switch for 12 months only, retail and digital versions. after 12 months digital on PS4 and XB1.”
Ubisoft has yet to make a statement regarding Dale’s leaked details. For now, gamers should take this information with a grain of salt.
Many fans of the first game have been anticipating the launch of the sequel. It has been in development for quite a while and fans are very eager to get their hands on it when it launches. However, if the rumors are true, then Nintendo Switch owners have the luck of the draw this time as they’ll get their hands on it first. We’ve yet to get a first look at the anticipated title, but players are already eager to see how Ubisoft executes the sequel.
More at E3?
A few might be concerned with how these games will look like on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo isn’t known for powerhouse consoles but with the Nintendo Switch, it’s different. As evident by Zelda Breath of the Wild, the console can withstand demanding games.
Nintendo is yet to unveil more Nintendo Switch games. All we know so far is that there’s definitely more ahead and the Nintendo is working hard to pull in third-party developers into making games for the console. With E3 2017 drawing near, we might finally see more AAA third-party games in line for release on the Nintendo Switch.