We are exactly one week away from the launch of Nintendo’s next home console, the Switch. As much as we look forward to what the device offers in terms of portability and on-the-go gameplay, we are also hyped up for some of the games that are releasing for the system. There are currently more than 90 games announced for the Switch and the numbers will definitely multiply from here, considering Nintendo is confident that they’ll get better third-party support than the Wii U. Although it’s still early days, we believe that certain games will be a perfect match for the console and here are our top 5 selections of them (in no particular order).
1) Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
A tactical RPG was already announced for the Switch in the form of Disgaea 5 Complete, and it won’t hurt to add another one to the list. The remastered version of this classic offers new features such as better translations, co-op and competitive multiplayer, extra content, and more characters to unlock. It’ll be nice for fans of the series to play an enhanced version of the game on TV, and since battles can be unpredictably long, you can always play it on-the-go if you need to make a move. On top of that, players can finally try out a more matured FF Tactics on a Nintendo system, as opposed to FF Tactics Advance and FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.
2) Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Naughty Dog’s iconic character was predominantly known as a pseudo-mascot for Sony, but it did make an appearance here and there on Nintendo’s systems. Switch users will benefit from the game’s more casual style of gameplay, allowing them to easily play it during commutes, unless you are one of the players who insist on getting all the boxes in a single stage. Besides that, considering the fact that the Crash Bandicoot trilogy remaster might be a timed exclusive, it’s a no brainer to release it for the Switch as well.
3) Diablo III
One of the defining features of the classic Diablo games was their ability to gather gamers in a single place to form LAN parties and battle the demons of hell. Such gatherings are rarely to be seen nowadays thanks to the internet, but this might change if Diablo III is released for the Switch. Just imagine the fun that you can get in calling a group of friends to your house, having live interactions as you explore the world of Tristram. And you can even do it outside since it’s so convenient to bring the console around. The Switch is designed to gather players in the real world, and what better way to bond than doing it over a loot hunting session in Diablo III.
4) Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
A MMO on a console such as the Switch might sound like an overkill, but Square Enix is actually considering bringing FF XIV: ARR to the device. This will be great news if it does come true, especially for fans who always wanted to play a MMO on a Nintendo system. Button mappings won’t be a hassle since FF XIV is available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well, and portability will be a fun factor added into the game. Imagine you and a group fans gather at a café or a fancy park to do some dungeons. And oh, just make sure you have backup for battery life if you are planning to raid on-the-go.
5) Pokémon Stars
And of course, one of Nintendo’s most recognizable franchises will be an obvious candidate in this list. But compared to all of the games listed above, Pokémon Stars is still in development and although Nintendo didn’t officially confirm it, it’s hard to imagine that we won’t be able to catch ‘em all on the Switch. Portability won’t be a game changer here since the main bulk of the RPG series were released for handheld devices, but it’s the fact that we can play it in full HD that makes it exciting. Just take a look at the fan-made trailer above to anticipate what’s in store for us when the game eventually drops, hopefully by the end of next year.