Since releasing last year, the Nintendo Switch has become one of the fastest selling consoles in history.
The Switch is Nintendo’s most powerful console to date, meaning it can run “Triple-A” titles like Skyrim and Wolfenstein. It’s also been a haven for indie creators, allowing unique games such as Celeste and Death Squared to reach a passionate and hungry audience.
There is already a fantastic selection of titles available for the Switch, but here are a few games we hope make their way to the console in the near future.
Into The Breach
Developer: Subset Games
From the developers of the indie hit FTL, Into The Breach features a similar blend of strategy-heavy and highly-replayable gameplay. It takes place in a corporation dominated future where aliens have invaded Earth. You’re tasked with defending these for-profit island states with a squad of badass mechs. Relying on a turn-based combat system, each fight is tense and challenging, requiring you to be on your toes throughout each battle.
Mass Effect fans have been asking for a remaster of the fantastic original sci fi trilogy to modern consoles for years and it’d be even better if we could take it on the go. To this day, the original Mass Effect trilogy is still one of the the most epic sci-fi adventures ever made. Everyone should have a chance to experience the incredible space opera, including Nintendo fans.
Developer: Supergiant Games
All of Supergiant’s games are brilliant in their own right but, even so, Pyre is easily a standout. Exiled into the purgatory of a fantasy world, the only way for you to return to civilisation is through winning a tournament of basketball-like rituals. In the pursuit of this goal, you’ll recruit a diverse roster of characters and traverse a beautiful underworld. Its ever-evolving, adaptive story and gorgeously-conceived world makes Pyre one of the most fantastical and brilliant games in recent years. Why shouldn’t it come to Switch?
Developer: Jan Willem Nijman, Kitty Calis, Jukio Kallio and Dominik Johann
Minit hearkens back to a simpler time in terms of graphics and exploration, and world dying to the be explored. The twist here is you only have 60 seconds each life, to explore, solve puzzles and make as much progress as you can, before collapsing and being returned to your home. Minit is best played in short, quick sessions - which makes it a perfect fit for the Switch.
Developer: Toys For Bob (Originally Insomniac)
For many, Spyro was one of several original iconic PlayStation mascots growing up and the platforming series as a whole was a joy to play through, especially at a younger age. With Spyro getting the remaster treatment, similar to Crash Bandicoot last year, it means a whole new set of gamers will get the chance to experience the magic that is Spyro: The Legend of the Dragon.
And like Crash, hopefully it’ll be coming to the Switch eventually too.
Digital collectable card games have become one of the most popular genres in recent years, in large part due to Blizzard’s brilliant World of Warcraft card game spin off, Hearthstone. Although it’s available on PC, Hearthstone and digital CCGs are truly at home on mobile devices like the Nintendo Switch, since they’re great for a few quick games on the go and usually come with intuitive touch controls.
Developer: Thekla, Inc.
Originally released on console and PC, this exceptional puzzler recently released on IOS - so we don’t see why it couldn’t also come to the Switch.
This colourful and vibrant puzzle game may at first appear to be a straightforward adventure, but the greater complexities of its many puzzles quickly make themselves known. Taken as a whole, The Witness is an intriguing experience filled with many questions waiting to be solved and conundrums to be unraveled.
The X-COM series is known for its deep strategic gameplay, and tough choices which often come with dire consequences and leave little room for mistakes.
The first game sees the fate of the entire world rest on your shoulders as you attempt to at defeat an invading alien force. The sequel, set in a world where you failed to stop the invasion, tasks you with revolting against your alien occupiers. Both would be great fits for the Nintendo Switch.
Developer: Visceral Games
One of the most renowned horror series from the last generation of consoles, the Dead Space series was a dark and atmospheric ride from start to finish. Each entry was expertly crafted, with terrifying monsters, dank and forbording levels and a thrilling sci fi story.
Due to the recent closure of Visceral Games, it’s unlikely we’ll see a new Dead Space any time soon. But maybe the series can live once again, remastered in some way and hopefully on the Switch.
A Way Out
Developers: Hazelight Studios
Built from the ground up as a local co-op experience, the Prison-Break-themed A Way Out would fit right into the Switch’s growing catalogue of local co-op experiences. Each player controls one of the two protagonists, working in tandem to solve puzzles, survive prison brawls and execute a bold plan to escape captivity.
A Way Out is a cinematic and accessible experience that could be made even more accessible if it came to the Switch.