One of the first things that excited me about Nintendo’s new console, the Nintendo Switch, after its reveal was the staggering amount of third parties that have partnered with the big N to develop for the platform. Ranging from big names in the industry such as Activision and Ubisoft to some personal favorites of mine like Level 5 and Platinum Games, there’s quite the impressive list. Now, if we see sales like the Wii U, a lot can make like Sonic and get out of the system fast.
But, the fact that we saw Skyrim (albeit as an unconfirmed title) tells me that we could be seeing a console from Nintendo with a decent range of third party support that can rival the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (hopefully). Even though this topic is a very common one, I thought I’d give a list of the top 5 third party games I want to see on Nintendo’s new console. So let’s get started.
5: Final Fantasy VII: Remake
A Final Fantasy game is a given for the Nintendo Switch in my opinion. After all, Cloud was in Super Smash Bros., which is something insanely out of the ordinary in terms of the series. Plus, with the critically acclaimed Bravely series being on the 3DS, in addition to ports of two Dragon Quest games coming to the handheld, one can’t outright deny the growing relationship between Nintendo and Square Enix right now.
Besides, Dragon Quest X and XI are already confirmed to be coming to the Switch, further backing up my previous point. So now begs the question of which Final Fantasy should be the one to arrive on the Switch; Final Fantasy XV or the remake of Final Fantasy VII? Of course, XV would be a smart choice, seeing as it will be fresh in the minds of gamers by the system’s launch, and its open world nature would be a great example of showing the scope of games for a portable home console. But personally I’d prefer the remaster of the PS1 classic. From a gameplay status, it does appeal to me more than XV, although I’m mixed on their decision to change from turn-based combat to full-on action. Regardless, I have yet to play this iconic game, so just being able to play it in some form or fashion would be great.
4: Kingdom Hearts III
Speaking of Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts seems like a suitable choice, specifically the upcoming third installment. The Disney adventure series has had quite a history with Nintendo systems, but only portable systems. But, as the Switch can be played on the go, in addition to the game coming to the Xbox One too, the long-awaited chapter in the franchise could be likely on Nintendo’s new console. I’d be pushing it if I said they could get I.5 + II.5 as well as II.8 too, but a proper new title would be nice to have on a Nintendo home console.
3: Persona 5
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is looking to be within my top 3 list of games from this year, amazing considering how I wasn’t expecting such a well-refined game from its niche nature. Nevertheless, it shows how talented Atlus is at making quality RPGs. Persona 5 appears to be yet another from the highly regarded developer, who are thankfully confirmed to be supporting the console.
Not only does it seem to appeal to me gameplay wise, but just its style and flair in presentation will make it a unique title no matter the system. With Famitsu giving it a score of 39/40 and Persona 5 being Atlus’s best-selling title in Japan in just three weeks of its release, this would make a great game for any RPG fan that wants the ability to play on the go.
Do I really have to say much about this? It’s Overwatch. I have seen so many Nintendo fans on my Twitter, especially those heavily into Smash Bros., LOVING Blizzard’s shooter. Not only has it received universal praise from critics, but in the span of just five months over 20 million had picked up Overwatch, according to a report from October. It would be a smart choice to have this title on the Nintendo Switch alongside Splatoon. After all, both are lively and fun takes on the shooter genre, so I feel by both being on the same system, one would complement the other.
As is tradition of ‘top anything’ lists, I have some honorable mentions. South Park is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and The Stick of Truth is one of the few video games that provides excellent fan service and a pretty good battling system. So naturally, I can’t wait to try out The Fractured But Whole (please don’t take that as a euphemism). However, it may be a tad bit too mature for a Nintendo system, and I’m not sure I want to see my avatar’s parents doing it on the Switch whilst out and about in public.
Destiny is another I wouldn’t mind seeing coming over, as hopefully with this shooter I can bring over my anti-Nintendo mates to Nintendo. But like a new F-Zero, it will never happen. I would include Lady Layton on this list, as I remember the Professor Layton line of games being one of the first I grew very fond of outside of Pokemon or Mario in the Nintendo world. However, it is far more suited for the 3DS, considering its use of two screens, with one being a touchscreen. And now, for my number 1 pick…
1: New Danganronpa V3
If you know me, you already know Danganronpa was going to make it as number 1. Spike Chunsoft’s murder-mystery graphic novel franchise has risen to one of my favorites this year, and New Danganronpa V3: Everyone’s New Semester of Killing looks like it will be yet another outstanding game in the series, if not certainly the best. Now it hasn’t even been announced to be localized for western audiences, and bearing in mind that it launches in Japan on January 12th, chances may seem small.
Despite this, I think hope will shine through for this game coming to the console. After all, New Danganronpa V3 will be released for both the PS4 and PS Vita, marking the first time the series will launch on a home console. Are you starting to see where I’m going with this? It only makes sense that the title would work well on the Switch, taking into account its portability. I absolutely love the Danganronpa series, so seeing the latest game on the latest system of my favorite company would simply be a treat.
So there you have it: my top 5 third party games I want to see on the Switch. I am a bit fearful though, as I am planning on getting myself a PS4 to play with close friends, and an extensive list of games from third-parties may make me regret investing in a PlayStation this Christmas. Yet there is the small fact I’ve already pre-ordered a game for the system, so I may not have much of a choice. It’s the special edition of Danganronpa 1.2 Reload, alright? Don’t judge. Regardless, I think it is of utmost importance that Nintendo get their third-party support absolutely spot-on this generation.
Whilst there’s no doubt that Nintendo’s range of exclusive games will be nothing short of perfection, having games from other developers and publishers will just add to the variety of their line-up, giving more opportunity for Nintendo gamers to experience new games for the first time, in addition to providing an incentive to those looking into buying the Switch. But what titles do you want to see? Make sure to leave your choices down below!
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