This High-Profile Dev Wants To Bring Next-Gen Games To The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo always marches to the beat of their own drum. Whenever we feel like we have a handle on what they do next, they surprise us yet again. Following the release of the failed console the Wii U, the natural thing for them to do seemed to be to mimic what Sony and Microsoft were doing. But no. Instead, they iterated on the Wii U’s technology and gave us the Nintendo Switch, a console that has gone on to sell more than 50 million units, beating out even the Xbox One in less than half the time. 

But the 2017 release of the Nintendo Switch did bring about its own issues. The console was already underpowered in this current generation of consoles. As such, the power disparity between it and the next generation of consoles would be that much more pronounced. You could understand that this would put developers in quite the interesting position. Of course, they’d want to continue to push barriers with the higher spec’d consoles, but there’s no ignoring the popularity of the Switch, is there?

Virtuoos Studios, the dev that’s ported such games as Outer Worlds, Dark Souls: Remastered, Final Fantasy XII, and Bioshock: The Collection seems to hold the Switch in pretty high regard. 

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In fact, in high enough regard that the VP Elijah Freeman “believe[s] that 2020 will be the year of game-centric development, where players will expect as standard a consistency of experience with their favorite games. With the launch of the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 this year, developers need to strategize and plan for the game experience to be consistent across all platforms.” Wait. Across all platforms? Even the drastically-underpowered Switch?  “At Virtuos we are charged up and full of talent that is ready to help bring these new games to the Nintendo Switch.”

He’s not the only one. Tantalous Media’s (Twilight Princess HD) Tom Crago also spoke highly of the Switch, though he made no promises of the next generation.

“Like every Nintendo platform, the Switch is close to our hearts and it’s satisfying to see it doing so well,” Crago said. “Our plan is to support it for as long as possible. We’ve had some challenging times checking all the boxes we’d like to on some of our titles, but we’re getting better the more time we spend in development. It’s also the case that publisher expectations are becoming more realistic, but that always happens as new hardware settles into its market.”

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So, how possible is it for the Nintendo Switch to get ports from the next generation of consoles? When older games like The Witcher III have a hard time, it’s difficult to see how devs could do so with these newer games. That being said, I suppose it all depends on the types of games that hit. While the Nintendo Switch can’t really play games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, more stylized and less realistic hits like Persona 5 are a definite possibility.

Needless to say, if devs could find a way, the Nintendo Switch could be an unexpected juggernaut even as technology moves on to bigger, more tech-heavy things.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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