I’ve had the Nintendo Switch since about two weeks after its launch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easily one of the best, if not the best, launch titles a new console system can have. BotW is my personal game of the year; I’ll argue vehemently in its defense that no other forthcoming game will match what it offers. Its vast open-world. Its game mechanics. The way in which it has you — the player — write your own story. Every person who picks up and plays BotW will experience it completely different, and that’s special.
Horizon Zero Dawn is really, really good and had a fascinating story, but it can’t be described as “special,” in my opinion. Mass Effect: Andromeda is cool, but nothing more. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is sure to be awesome and stunning, but… again, not “special.” The only game releasing, well hopefully this year, that I see challenging BotW is Super Mario Odyssey. If it’s anywhere near the quality of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Zelda… watch out.
What I’m saying, frankly, is 2017 is Nintendo’s year. It recognizes it too the way it has been consistently promoting the Switch through Directs and the like. It sees how popular its new console is. It needs to keep up that pressure on Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s XBox One. And with E3 a mere few weeks away, Nintendo has a real chance of stealing the show and spotlight, which is something it hasn’t done in quite a while. It’s been confirmed per Nintendo’s Twitter that more of Odyssey alongside “games for 2017” will be shown at E3.
That quote in the release is what I want to speculate on a bit, including what I hope to see from the Switch in the years to come. We already know ARMS is receiving a big push heading toward its release and beyond, according the recent Direct for the game. Also, Splatoon 2 is almost guaranteed a similar kind of backing. Those two games alone over the next two months continues what Nintendo has built since the Switch’s launch. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know for me what Nintendo has done is brought back people such as myself: I’m someone who has had a bitter taste in my mouth when thinking about the company ever since the Wii and Wii U.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 11, 2017
Other than being personally super excited for both ARMS and Splatoon 2, here’s a list of future ports and original titles I’d love to see announced at E3 or Directs later on:
New Pokémon, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem
- The last Pokémon game I played was… I can’t remember. Wow. I’m ready for one on my Switch, however. It’d be awesome if we could have a console experience Pokémon on the go.
- I really liked Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my 3DS, but, same argument as Pokémon, how sick would it be to have a console style Animal Crossing on the go?
- Fire Emblem has been on fire the past few years. Look at Fire Emblem: Awakening. Impressive, right? Bring that concept to Switch and expand upon it; Nintendo could be looking at another BotW like impact on the market.
Luigi’s Mansion and/or Dark Moon
I never played either of the Luigi games but I want to. So Nintendo, can these two titles be part of your virtual console?
Super Smash Bros. “Deluxe”
After the success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo would be smart to double-dip with another souped up edition of a Wii U title. As with MK8 DLX, the number of physical and digital copies sold will prove the attachment rate for both franchise and the Switch will shine through for Smash Bros.
Here’s a press release Nintendo sent out about MK8:
With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series. The previous record holder for the highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, with U.S. sales of approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008. The solid sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe equate to an attach rate of 45 percent – meaning nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the first day it was available. To date, more than 2.7 million Nintendo Switch systems have been sold globally.
Remember too… a lot of people didn’t experience MK8 until the Switch. The same goes for Smash.
Professor Layton series collection
One of my favorite game series of all time is Professor Layton. The story. The characters. The cutscenes. The puzzles. I just want to play through all of them again and experience it on the big screen with the option of being on the go. This game, out of all my requests, is almost guaranteed not to happen because of how the game is mechanically: the top screen you see the puzzle and on the bottom you use the stylus to solve it. Wishful thinking on my part, but hey you never know.
Overwatch isn’t coming to Switch, but in a year or two when a sequel is inevitable I could see the possibility of it making its way over. It isn’t just me entirely being bold in prediction making either. The game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, addressed it when asked by Express about a month ago:
Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we’re always open minded about exploring possible platforms. I think the problem is, we’ve really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform. And also, it’s already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we’ve finally been able to achieve.. Our first couple of patches would come out on PC first and then later on the consoles. And a lot of that is because you’re working with Microsoft and Sony, and you want to be compliant to their ecosystems. Adding a third ecosystem to that just adds a lot of complexity for us, as well. But I always like to tell people we’re very open-minded about what platforms we could be on. Just because we’re not on a platform right now, it doesn’t mean we won’t reconsider it in the future, so we stay aware of all these things.
Something I’m tired of hearing is the Switch has no games. It has games. The problem is people who have it or are thinking of buying it are latching onto the idea that only AAA titles are what’s worth investing in on the console. Yes, BotW and MK8 DLX are must-haves, but don’t overlook other games that are really worth your time.
What games would you like to see make its way onto Nintendo’s hybrid console? Leave comments below or tweet me @werdynerdy.