If there’s one thing true about the Nintendo Switch, it’s that developers love to port years-old games to the console. From Undertale and Wolfenstein II to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, there is seemingly an endless pipeline through which the Switch gets ports from. Moreover, with the recent release date announcements for the likes of three Resident Evil games and a multitude of Final Fantasy games, there’s no telling what will come next!
It gets one thinking. While it could be a sad indicator for the Switch to simply receive ports, it might also be interesting to ponder what may be down the line. So far the ports have actually worked out pretty well for the most part, so let’s suppose the next port will be…
Fallout 3 And/Or Fallout: New Vegas
With the recent outing of Fallout 76, it’s hard to tell if the franchise remains unscathed. Regardless, it has a remarkably loyal fanbase, true to Bethesda form, who are willing to look past, or even defend, Bethesda’s recent attempt at an online Fallout game.
Having seen Skyrim ported to Switch, we know that Bethesda’s open-world adventures can work quite well on the hybrid console. Exploring the vast wastelands in Fallout 3‘s Capital Wasteland and Fallout New Vegas’ Mojave would be an absolute joy on the go. Provided the games run just as well, if not better than their last-gen counterparts, especially given eleven years’ worth of technological enhancements, a bundle complete with Bethesda and Obsidian’s Fallout titles, coupled with their DLC’s, would be a blast, whether in docked mode or handheld mode.
Plus, who knows? This might already be in the works. While Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard himself rejected prior rumors of a Fallout 3 remaster, some speculate a recent Amazon listing from Bethesda suggests a re-release of some kind for Fallout 3. E3 can’t come soon enough.
Red Dead Redemption
Now that players have finally had the time to digest Red Dead Redemption II‘s redemption story for Arthur Morgan, now might be a good time to go back and play through the original game. Since the sequel was technically a prequel, this would only make sense, and it would finally let Rockstar bring one of their best hits to a Nintendo console.
While also nearly a decade old, Red Dead Redemption‘s cowboy chaos still holds up well, even in light of Red Dead Redemption II. The gunplay is still reminiscent of any classic Western shootout and its presentation has aged admirably. Bearing a similar layout to L.A. Noire, which came out on the Switch a bit over a year ago, there’s a good case to be made that Red Dead Redemption would handle just fine on the road.
Overall, Red Dead Redemption would be a solid port for the Switch. In terms of open-world games, it’s one of the best that could be brought to Switch, and when paired with its Undead Nightmare DLC, this would be a no-brainer for Switch owners.
With the recent release of Dark Souls: Remastered on the Nintendo Switch, it might only seem natural to bring From Software’s following efforts to the Switch. Of them all, though, Bloodborne might be the best for it.
Tentative performance issues aside (in lieu of Dark Souls on Switch), Bloodborne plays just like any Souls game would, save for a “dodgeball” approach to combat. Theoretically, Bloodborne would be a fantastically exhilarating game to play on the go, and would certainly allow Nintendo fans the opportunity to play one of the PS4’s best games. Now, the possibility of this happening is somewhere near 0%, as it is a Sony property. Yet, if it were to come to Switch regardless, the tagline would read: Prepare to buy.
Cuphead, a brilliant and unique side-scrolling boss rush game on Xbox One, would translate perfectly to the Switch. Nintendo has a long history of hair-pulling side-scrollers. Suffice it to say, from Contra to Ninja Gaiden, the 80’s and 90’s were filled to the brim with tough run-‘n’-gun/fight action.
Cuphead is a great throwback to the likes of Contra and would not only be a great port for the Switch but also a smart move on Microsoft’s part. With the recent announcement that Microsoft would be bringing Xbox Live to Nintendo’s latest console, there are a vast number of potential ports waiting to occur.
As a game with stylized graphics that don’t push the envelope too hard and gameplay that is precise and airtight, Cuphead might be just the right kind of game that could be ported to Switch. You’ll always want tight controls for any handheld game; that’s the nature of the beast. Cuphead would absolutely nail that and would allow those furious at Grim Matchstick to keep giving him a wallop on the bus. Curse you, Grim Matchstick!
Super Mario Sunshine
While a Virtual Console-type service that offers Gamecube games on the Switch is much preferable in any instance, I’ll take what I can get. The Gamecube had quite a few gems in its library; some of which have been remastered or ported to other consoles. The original two Metroid Prime games had been ported over to the Wii with motion controls in a solid package for the Wii, including Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD massively improved the original title for the Wii U console. Then, Luigi’s Mansion recently saw an awkward re-release on Nintendo 3DS; something I could see Jerry Seinfeld riffing on at a comedy show.
While many disliked Super Mario Sunshine for its gimmicky nature, it nonetheless still had some great platforming gameplay, intelligent level design, and colorful locales. Mario’s janitorial efforts may not have been his platforming at its purest, but it was still one of the best games the Gamecube had to offer. Nobody could deny that, if brought to the Switch, with upgraded visuals and improved control scheme, it would be a wonderful port, whether docked or undocked.
The ultimate game for bite-sized sessions, 2007’s Portal is an intelligent puzzle game that would be perfect for Nintendo’s latest console. In a port to Switch, we would receive largely the same experience we got in 2007 on the Xbox 360, but with an option to play the game as a handheld.
Accessible to highest degree, Portal would allow players to keep trudging through the toughest of chambers while on lunch break, waiting at the doctor’s office, or even while standing next to the creepy guy on the subway. Portal, of all games, could easily be played anywhere and put down at any given time.
For its time, Portal was quite innovative, and only Valve could have pulled off a game with such wit and cleverness. If we never get a third installment in the series, a port to Switch might curb the appetite of some of those hungry for more Portal. In the case we get that port, newcomers should be weary of promised cake. It’s a lie.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Two years after Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare‘s initial release, a port in the shape of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition was released for the Wii, Nintendo’s branded family console. With a watered-down multiplayer component, reduced entertainment value, and less spectacular single-player campaign moments as per “well, they tried” graphics, it could not match the impact of the game’s release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
In 2016, the 2007 classic was given a very admirable remaster with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Retaining the engrossing multiplayer component that revolutionized console shooters over a decade ago, and revamping the visuals, the remaster was a great way to replay a modern classic. Given a port to the Nintendo Switch, Switch owners would have the opportunity of playing through a highly memorable campaign, as well as that of becoming addicted to unlocking the next attachment for the M4 Carbine.
Seemingly an oddity among the prior choices, Skate was a hit for EA in 2007. When gamers couldn’t get what they wanted with any of the Tony Hawk games released during the same time period, Skate was the best alternative available. Given its presentation, tight controls, and conduciveness to pure fun, why wouldn’t it be such a hit?
While likely not at the top of EA’s “Switch port” list, Skate would be a great game for it. As a game that was just as fun in small doses as it was in large ones, it’s easy to see how the game would be great to have on the road or during a plane ride. If not necessarily EA’s magnum opus, Skate would be a great port for the Switch. Well past its height of popularity, the Skate franchise could make a comeback in a big, yet bizarre way with a Switch iteration of Skate.
Dead Rising: Triple Pack
Overall, the Dead Rising games are ones simplistic in nature and are remarkably easy to digest. Mowing down hordes of zombies with potted plants and televisions isn’t the same as deciding the fate of the Reapers. In turn, the Dead Rising games would, once again, be great in handheld form due to their accessibly pick-up-and-play nature and the sheer fun to be had in killing zombie after zombie with a makeshift lightsaber.
In 2016, a few months before the release of Dead Rising 4 came Dead Rising Triple Pack. The pack included Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. Overall, the bundle was met with a mediocre reception, garnering a 71 on Metacritic. Yet, many still enjoyed it for its diversity in open-ended zombie-slaying mayhem.
Although not necessarily the best of Capcom’s zombie-slaying productions, Dead Rising Triple Pack would provide a fresh way to play a beloved franchise. Then, we can try to forget Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
This one is all about shooting for the stars. If Microsoft were to bring any of their franchises to the Switch, be it Cuphead, Gears of War, Forza, or even Banjo Kazooie, the Halo franchise would be the prime one for it. As Microsoft’s first major flagship series, it would make sense to bring it to a new audience with a new way to play. The likelihood that the Switch could support the graphical fidelity of the remade Halo 2 alone is fairly low, at least without taking a serious hit to performance.
Regardless, as long as we’re dreaming, it would be great to see Halo come to a Nintendo console, and it would be intriguing to see the standard-setting franchise in handheld mode. Should Microsoft ever decide to bring any of their library over, Halo should definitely be a priority.
So what do you guys think? Are these solid picks? What did I leave out? Feel free to let us know what ports you think should come to Switch! If you do, that is.