The success of Doom, Skyrim, LA Noire, and a few others on the Switch has shown that fans have a strong desire to play some of their favorite AAA games on the handheld hybrid. Personally speaking, I’m all for it. Since the launch of the Switch in March, it’s quickly become the gaming system I use most (and now have the most games on) due to its ease of use.
Being portable means that any game, no matter its size, becomes pick-up-and-play at your leisure. For a parent with four kiddos (one an infant), this if pretty important. I’ve passed on more big game releases than I’d like to, simply because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sit down in front of the TV for long periods of time. Thankfully the Switch is successful and more third-party support is heading its way. More than just the current games, however, there are plenty of older titles I’d love the chance to play on the Switch. With details on Nintendo’s own plans for a revamped Virtual Console still underwraps, it’s time to bust out the wishlist:
Knights of the Old Republic
To be entirely honest, I could fill this list up with nothing but older RPG games from the past couple generations. Their length and focus on story make them highly engaging, but tough to get through when you’re working on limited game time. Regardless, Knights of the Old Republic sits pretty high on my list of games I want to play on a modern console.
Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games released, the story sucks you in on a deep level, while allowing you to explore an all new period of time in the galaxy far, far away. Many fans have long wanted a remaster of the game (and at one point in time it was being developed), but the Switch seems like an ideal place for it to finally happen.
Mass Effect Trilogy
More Bioware RPGs makes its way onto my list and I’m desperately hoping this one happens in the near future. With the flop of Mass Effect Andromeda and the developers dropping the planned story DLC for the game, the science fiction franchise is in danger of going away. It’s a shame, though, considering there are plenty of gamers out there who haven’t had a chance to experience the original Mass Effect trilogy.
From the first game, Mass Effect told a highly engaging story with a cast of characters you couldn’t help but fall in love with. Couple that with it’s ability to transfer your data across the next two games (unheard of at the time of their initial release) and you have a cohesive trilogy of games that are a blast to play on their own and altogether. I’d be more than willing to slap down some money to have the chance to play these games again on the go.
XCOM: Enemy Within
Since the Wii U, I’ve long argued that the handheld, screen in the controller, design is ideal for strategy games. With the new power and support behind the Switch, it’s time to make it happen. There are a whole host of strategy games I’d love to see on the Switch (including some from Nintendo’s own past), but the most recent XCOM revival is top of my list.
XCOM 2 is pretty great and I’m still having fun with it, but XCOM: Enemy Within (the game preceding it) still holds up well and makes it easy to come back to. Not only would it be easier to port, having come from the last generation, it’d be a great example of how well strategy titles could do on the platform.
Portal 1 and 2
There are a lot of great puzzle games out there, some of which have already made their way onto the Switch, but there’s still something special about the Portal games even all these years later. The mind-twisting puzzles that force you to think outside the box and the dark humor continues to suck you in no matter how many times you play it.
Putting these games on the Switch in a bundle would make for some great on the go puzzling. Revive the multiplayer aspect so you can work your way through levels with your buds anywhere you are, and you’ve got a recipe for awesomeness.
Batman Arkham Asylum/City
Considering last year brought us remastered versions of the first two Batman Arkham games in Return to Arkham, it doesn’t seem too far fetched to see the same bundle make its way to the Switch some point in the near future. Afterall, the Wii U got a special version of the spin-off Arkham Origins, so it’s not completely outside the realm of possibility to get Return to Arkham on the Switch.
These Batman games have held up incredibly well, still offering a couple of the most competent comic book video games out there, with combat and Easter eggs that remain a lot of fun. Fans can already take on the mantle of the Batman via Telltale’s game series on the Switch, but having the Arkham games would be even better.
Prince of Persia Trilogy (HD)
The three Prince of Persia games are easily some of the best action/adventure games to grace the PS2/Xbox generation, and it’s a shame the franchise has been dormant for so long. As such, the HD collection, which launched in 2011 for the previous generation would be a great addition to the Nintendo Switch library.
There’s a slew of gamers out there who’ve never had the chance to check out these amazing games and the surprisingly engaging story told within them. Bringing these action classics to the Switch would get them in front of an all new generation of gamers, and potentially revive the franchise itself (sorry Assassin’s Creed, you’re not cutting it for me).
ANY Metal Gear Solid Game
Metal Gear Solid has long been my favorite gaming franchise, and I still enjoying coming back to the open world gameplay of The Phantom Pain every now and again. The long-running series is filled with amazing games, all of which would be a treat to replay on the Nintendo Switch.
Several HD collections have launched for Metal Gear over the years, and any one of them would be excellent to port onto Nintendo’s new console. Heck, I’ve long championed an HD remaster of Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes coming to Nintendo’s latest consoles (it was exclusive to the GameCube and is the only remake the original PS1 game has received). With Konami interested in only milking the Metal Gear series at this point anyway, another port/bundle isn’t too far out of the question.
I could keep going through a whole host of previous generation games that deserve new life on the Switch, and that’s not including the extensive backlog from Nintendo’s own catalog. As it stands, these would be my top picks, and if they launched tomorrow, I’d throw money down for them. What older generation games would you love to replay on the Nintendo Switch?