The Nintendo Switch is turning out to be a neat little portable console, featuring a ton of great games in its roster already. Besides the Nintendo exclusives like the Mario games, Legend of Zelda and SmashBros, third party publishers have also been contributing some immense titles. Take for example, Bethesda. The Switch received a huge boost when Skyrim was announced as the first open world RPG to be on the console, and it plays great. Naysayers point out validly that TES V is a 7 year old game, but now we’ve got 2016’s Doom and the new Wolfenstein game on it too. What does this mean? It means the Switch has the potential to bring more great games to the roster, and here are our top 5 most wanted games on the Nintendo Switch.
5. The Sims 4
The Nintendo Switch has some great variety of games across all genres. One of the most popular ones feature simulation. Think Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon. But it lacks the big human simulator which only The Sims franchise can provide. The Sims 4 would be fantastic to have for a couple of reasons. Chiefly, with all the expansions and packs out for it currently, it is the most completely Sims experience to date. And being able to take that portability fun with you anywhere will be a huge plus. The game play port will also transition nicely thanks to the consoles touch screen features, which will be needed as the UI in the Sims 4 can get cluttered with information. But of course, the easy fix is just to dock it and play in TV mode instead.
Alternatively: Any theme park simulator
4. Pillars of Eternity
But what about old school isometric RPGs? The genre has seen a tremendous resurgence in recent years thanks to the success of games like Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny. Playing these games on the PC brings back a ton of memories for those of us who spent hours in Baldur’s Gate. An isometric party turn-based RPG on the Switch isn’t something new, and the system already has a great selection of indie games that offers this such as Darkest Dungeon. But in terms of a proper RPG story-driven game, Pillars of Eternity would be a massive hit for RPG fans on the console.
Alternatively: Divinity: Original Sin
3. Diablo 3
Dear Blizzard, do not be a spoiled sport and please jump onto the Swtich train, thank you. With major developers and publishers like Bethesda and Ubisoft already on board, it would be nice to see Blizzard join in and take it to the next level. Diablo 3 will probably be the ultimate ARPG that would elevate the Switch experience. The game play is simple enough to handle, and the proof is in the PS4/Xbox pudding. It’s already there, so it definitely can happen, it’s just a matter of when. The key addition if it comes however, will be cross play functionality.
Alternatively: Path of Exile, Grim Dawn
2. XCOM 1 and 2
At E3 2018, Microsoft announced Gear Tactics: a squad turn-based strategy game set in the world of Gears of War. This aims to provide Gears fans with a different experience, but also to plug a gap that currently exists on the e-Shop – the lack of big named strategy games. When it comes to the ultimate nail-biting turn-based experience, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 comes to mind. Either one of these games on the console will be a huge win for strategy fans every where. The first game is more than likely to get a port though, as XCOM: EU is already out for mobile devices on iOS and Android.
1. The Witcher Series
And finally, we would pay top dollar to see another massive open world RPG game franchise on the Switch to stand along side Breath of the Wild and Skyrim. CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher franchise will satisfy us greatly. Having Geralt on a portable console to adventure anytime and anywhere will be a blessing. There’s just so much story content and monster hunting to do in the world that The Witcher will be one of those games you’ll just continuously play all the time. And having seen how open world RPGs can work on the console, there’s nothing stopping the developers from making it happen, accept Cyberpunk 2077, which is the new game from the studio that is probably already taking up time and resources.
Alternatively: Far Cry, Fallout, Dragon Age
Which games would you like to see come to the Nintendo Switch?