One of the main reasons for the downfall of the Wii U was a lack of third-party support, and Nintendo will be desperate to avoid it happening to their latest console, the Switch. Luckily, it seems that they’ll get better support this time around, with Blizzard expressing their interest in porting Overwatch and Hearthstone to the hybrid system. Nintendo can also rest easy knowing their cause has generated interested from another renowned developer, Square Enix.
The Japanese gaming giant was fairly absent during the Wii U days, but they are ready to have a positive working relationship with Nintendo now. According to iDigitalTimes, none of their biggest titles made it to the Wii U, with only 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dragon Quest X being an exception. It’s a huge contrast to the current gaming lineup on the Switch, which already has five Square Enix titles, namely I Am Setsuna, Dragon Quest Heroes I and II, Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker, Seiken Densetsu Collection, and Project Octopath Traveler.
And it doesn’t look like the momentum will stop either, as Square Enix is also interested in porting their existing games to the hybrid console. This is what CEO Yosuke Matsuda has to say about this latest venture:
Our developers with a strong interest in the Switch are eager to challenge themselves to find new ways for people to play games. Having more gaming platforms available is a good thing for us. I really want the Switch to succeed. We'll be developing new titles, and we'd like to port existing titles that the Switch can support often as we can.
Nintendo creates a variety of new gameplay possibilities. I think other companies will come up with some surprising gimmicks using the Switch's unique capabilities. We have our own way of doing things, so we'll be marrying the Switch's unique features to the kinds of games we're known for.
I don’t know about you, but it seems clear that Square Enix will be porting Final Fantasy titles to the Switch, but which FFs will we get to bring around and grind our characters? At this point of time, it’ll be safer to place your bets on the classic FF games, since plenty of them has been ported to modern consoles, especially handheld devices. Not to mention the Switch lacks the raw graphical prowess that is present in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so it’ll be considerably harder to port modern games such as Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Either way, we believe any FF title will be welcomed by the Switch community, so just pray hard that your personal favorites will be ported over. On a personal note, I’m just looking forward to grinding another Dark Knight in Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions.