New Nintendo Switch consoles are reportedly on the way and we know exactly what should be released on them.
E3 2019 has come and gone, and Nintendo had a phenomenal showing. Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct announced a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, showed off Animal Crossing: New Horizons and confirmed that Banjo-Kazooie will be joining Smash Bros. Ultimate. There was a little bit of something for everyone, but one missing tidbit was an update on new Nintendo Switch hardware. Admittedly, we knew that a Switch Mini/Pro announcement wouldn’t happen at E3, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the consoles aren’t coming.
We know that new Switch hardware is likely en route—that much was said in a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, the new platforms are already in production in several locations in and outside of China, which would indicate that they’re set to be revealed and released soon. With two rumoured models on the works, this got me thinking about what games I’d want to play on them. Which titles would be great to play on a more powerful Switch Pro? What would we like to play on an even more portable Switch Mini? I have a few ideas.
Games that are perfect for the (rumoured) Nintendo Switch Mini/Pro
Nintendo Switch Mini
- Banjo-Kazooie Collection
- Planet Zoo
- Portal 2
- EA Sports NHL
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Nintendo Switch Pro
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Final Fantasy VII Remake
- Sea of Thieves
Games Perfect for Nintendo Switch Mini:
Now that Banjo and Kazooie are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we need the games they originated from on Switch. A Banjo-Kazooie Collection featuring the enhanced Xbox Live Arcade ports of the original two N64 games would be a treat to play on an even more portable Switch Mini. Here’s hoping we can get Jiggy with them soon enough.
Not many genres can whittle away hours of your time like a simulator, and Planet Zoo looks to be one of the best ones yet. Placing you into the role of a zookeeper, you’ll build and manage the day-to-day operations your own zoo. Planet Zoo is only set for PC as of publication, but I think it would be perfect for a super portable Switch port.
As one of my all-time favourite games, Portal 2 would be a treat to bring with me wherever I may roam. It’s been too long since we last dealt with GLaDOS and her series of obstacle courses, and truth be told I’m beginning to miss her. Portal 2 would be a wonderful companion for any road trip—after all, there’s always science to be done.
EA Sports NHL
Every year, I hope to see the latest EA Sports NHL game arrive on Switch, and every year I’m left hanging. Back when the PSP was a thing, I loved playing NHL 07 on the go. Truth be told, I think we’re long overdue for a similar experience. Here’s hoping that Electronic Arts can set up an easy one-timer for Nintendo fans in the near future with a hockey game on Switch.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
What once seemed impossible may now become a reality. Xbox is expanding beyond its consoles to deliver software experiences on as many platforms as possible. It was recently reported that Halo: The Master Chief Collection was considered for a PS4 port (via Screen Rant), so why not also consider a Switch port? A version of Halo was even in early development for Nintendo DS at one point before eventually being scrapped. I think it’s time to finish the fight—and that project—on Switch.
Games Perfect for Nintendo Switch Pro:
If Xbox’s E3 2019 showcase proved anything, it’s that every gamer could use a little more Keanu Reeves. Cyberpunk 2077 appearing on Switch may seem to be a pipe dream, but a Nintendo Switch Pro could provide enough power to run it properly. Besides, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher III is already releasing on Switch, so why not follow up with the developer’s dystopian shooter?
Red Dead Redemption 2
The developers behind E3 2019’s newly-announced sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild admitted that Red Dead Redemption 2 was a major inspiration for them. While Breath of the Wild 2 will run just fine on the existing Switch, it would be great to see its inspiration (and Rockstar Games) appear on Nintendo platforms. Maybe a Switch Pro could make that dream a reality.
Nintendo is no stranger to partnering up with Marvel. The house of Mario is already publishing and releasing the Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on July 19th, 2019. While Nintendo fans get ready for that game, those on other platforms can prepare for Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers next year. The game looks even better than we could have hoped, but that also means it requires powerful hardware to run properly. If the rumoured Switch Pro could deliver that, then Nintendo fans may be in for a super treat in Marvel’s Avengers.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
I know, I know. Square Enix’s made it very clear that Final Fantasy VII Remake is “arriving first on PS4” so it’s definitely a timed exclusive. Of course, that wording also means that it will arrive on other platforms down the road. When that happens, the Nintendo Switch Pro should welcome this retelling of FFVII with open arms. The PS1 original is already on Switch and Cloud is in Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it’s clear that Nintendo audiences are familiar with the game by now. Make it happen, Square!
Sea of Thieves
“Avast, ye scallywags” and “there be treasure in these waters” are the sorts of lines that’d make more sense for Switch owners to utter if they owned Sea of Thieves. Bringing the game to a Pro version of Nintendo’s hardware would only strengthen the community surrounding the pirate game. With Xbox Game Studios looking to expand beyond its own hardware, this port could be a perfect move for Microsoft.
Additionally, Sea of Thieves would reunite Rare and Nintendo once again. What sort of salty sea dog wouldn’t want that?