The Nintendo Switch is the most sold console of 2018, officially beating Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. It’s a huge feat, and for good reason. The Switch is an awesome and capable 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. It started with the likes of Doom and Skyrim, and now all the big players have arrived. Fortnite, Warframe and even the Civilization franchise are on the Nintendo Switch. 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 for 2019.
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.
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.
Dear Blizzard, thanks for Diablo III on Nintendo Switch, but can we please have Hearthstone next? A year a go we said D3 would break boundaries if it arrived as there aren’t many top down hack and slash games of quality on the console. Blizzard answered the call and released the Diablo III Eternal Collection which ended up being a best seller. Next, Hearthstone will definitely dominate the Switch e-shop for a few reasons. Firstly, it’ll be the best card-game on the console, it’s free, it’s easy to play, and the Switch’s touch screen and controllers will make gameplay a breeze especially for pick up and go play. Just thing about it, Hearthstone on the Switch will be hard to put down.
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.
Which games would you like to see come to the Nintendo Switch?