Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL. So the Nintendo Switch has been out just about a year now! Even though its paid online hasn’t come out yet (though we do have a date now), it is the fastest selling console of all time with hopes that more are sold in it’s second year. But one thing I have a problem is why developers still refuse to put certain games out on the Switch. Now these games I am going to talk about in this post are games I feel should be on the Switch. They have already been released and some of these games were even released originally on Nintendo platforms. So let’s dive right in.
Let’s start with EA. A company that has been under fire for the past couple months with the whole Battlefront 2 microtransactions mess. They are remastering the game Burnout Paradise. Probably not the best Burnout game since this one was very similar to a Need For Speed game, but hey at least we are going to get a great racing game in 2018. Considering Need For Speed Payback isn’t too hot. Now it’s coming out next month for the PS4 and Xbox One. This is a last gen game for the PS3 and Xbox 360. So since this is a last gen game ‘Why is this game not coming to the Nintendo Switch?’. Now we know the Switch can run this game. If it can run L.A. Noire it can certainly run Burnout Paradise. EA I feel is just losing out on money here. And the selection of racing games for the Nintendo Switch isn’t all that great in my opinion. So this would do a killing on the Nintendo Switch. If it did make it to the Switch it would give MarioKart 8 Deluxe a run for its money. (Ok I won’t go that far). Anyway if you have a PS4 or an Xbox One definitely check this game out. A review is coming soon folks.
The second game I want to talk about is The Secret of Mana. Probably one of the greatest RPG’s of all time. It made the cut for the SNES Classic Edition so if you have one of those definitely check it out if you have some time. Anyway the game just went through a remake and it came to the PS4, PS Vita, and PC. I think that it’s pretty cool that SquareEnix would remake this classic game and bring it to current gen consoles. But I have one question. ‘Why is this game not on the Nintendo Switch’? And I know it’s not on the Xbox either so Xbox fans have something to pout about here also. But this classic was originally on the SNES. So I’m scratching my head here. Last I checked I thought Nintendo and Square were on good terms. Maybe they’ll put out something on the Swtich later on down the line. Let’s hope. But what’s weird to me is they put the whole collection on the Switch last year. Even though it was a Japanese release you would think that Square would’ve pushed for it to be on the Switch and even Xbox as well. That’s kind of puzzling.
The last game I want to talk about here is actually a set of games. It was a collection that came out last year shortly after the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Capcom released these games. Yes I am talking about the Disney Afternoon Collection. Disney Afternoon for those of you that don’t know was a programming block of Disney animated shows that ran from the early 90’s to the mid to late 90’s. It kind of went away quietly. Anyway the games on this collection are DuckTales 1 & 2, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 1 & 2, TaleSpin, and Darkwing Duck. All six of these games were on the NES. TaleSpin however did have a version of it’s game on the Sega Genesis but it was made by a different developer and it’s a completely different game. But anyway ‘Why did these games not make it to the Nintendo Switch?’. Now for a guy like me I can run these games all day on emulators. NES games are pretty easy to emulate but what about the people who aren’t fans of emulation? I understand this collection came out in the Switch’s beginning but with as much noise as the Switch has made you think it would be available on the Nintendo eShop by now. Capcom is putting out those old Mega Man Collections on the Switch. Hopefully they do the same for the Disney Afternoon Collection. We can only hope right!
So these are the games that I really feel should be on the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure I may have missed a game but these are the games I felt needed to be mentioned. But do you guys have a list of games that should be on the Switch? Let me know in the comments below. If you like this post give it a like, and subscribe if you haven’t already. This is TWOTALL4UFOOL. And as always I’m blogging live to you and yours! Remember that TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks! I’ll catch you all next time!
3 thoughts on “Why aren’t certain games on the Nintendo Switch?”
“Why aren’t certain games on the Nintendo Switch?” Yes the switch is powerful enough to run PS3 games and XBOX 360 games but the a lot of the games that are coming out on PS4 and XBox One are not direct ports from the last gen systems. The games are complete remasters or games that use the same code from the previous game but are completely built with brand new graphics from the ground up.
Also the Xbox and PS4 have similar architectures, where as the Nintendo Switch has a architectures of its own, which means taking a game for the PS4 does not take as long to put on the XBox and vice versa. The Switch you have to specifically make for that system which takes extra, time, money and resources. If put on on Switch you would want to optimize the game for the Switch. Which would have to change the game.
As for Burnout Paradise the games rating were better than most Need for Speed games. Burnout Paradise was Criterions first and only open world game and was open world before Need for Speed. Burnout and Need for Speed are different types of games. Burnout is about battling each other throughout the race to gain speed to reach the finish line first, however Need for Speed is about racing to the finish line before the cops can get you. That’s what makes Burnout Unique because there was not game like it, comparing it to Need for Speed is not equal comparison because they are two different types of games.
Now the reason why Burnout is not on the switch is because it’s half online, so if it was put on the switch you would be missing half the game. It’s 2 to 8 players online that the Switch doesn’t support because the Switch decided to launch without online features. There is no local co-op, so it would have to be added to be used on the Switch. The game is now 60fps which the switch does not support. They would have to make a lesser game to have it on the Switch. There’s not to many developers that would be willing to do that. Hypothetically if they were to put it on the Switch, we probably wouldn’t of seen the game for another 1 to 2 years to be reworked.
Secret of Mana is a little bit of a easier explanation, it was simply already in development before the switch was announced or before developer kits set out. Here is an article about it: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/10/square_enix_explains_why_the_secret_of_mana_remake_isnt_coming_to_switch
Lastly the Disney Afternoon Collection was not put on the Switch just because Capcom didn’t want it on the Switch. Digital Eclipse created the emulator that runs on current systems and has done The Disney Afternoon Collection and the Mega Man Collections, however Capcom owns the rights and ultimately decides which platforms the games comes out on. I do feel like this is a missed opportunity, however Digital Eclipse has said to look forward to other games to come to the switch.
(I own The Disney Afternoon Collection on PS4, Burnout Paradise on PS3 and rented the Secret of Mana from Blockbuster when Blockbuster existed).
Great explanation. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I ask this question about certain games. The Disney Afternoon Collection is a big missed opportunity. With Capcom finally bringing the Mega Man Collections to the Switch hopefully they bring the Disney Afternoon Collection to the Switch later on down the line. It’s never too late. Me personally I can run these games on emulators all day but I’m sure the average consumer would buy it if it were to come to the Switch. That is a wasted opportunity.
I’m so excited to see Disney up here! Great topic and interesting perspective 🙂
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