Day after day there is an ever-increasing amount of games that have either never seen a Nintendo system or haven’t graced one in some time. At first, I didn’t feel too swayed to re-purchase the games I already owned on Switch. After all, this was just companies doing what companies do best, trying to make more money by porting their games over to a new console and I already owned them. But as the Switch’s catalog has continued to grow—including ports and Wii U classics—my opinion has shifted from wanting just new Nintendo games on my Switch, to everything.
Because it’s just better on Switch.
It all began during Black Friday 2018, where I received my first taste of quality ported goodness on my Switch. Before purchasing a slew of games I bookmarked online to be bought at 3:00 am (when deals go typically go live online) the following day, I needed to run to my local Walmart to pick up some odds and ends. I internally at the time was convinced this was a bad idea—Walmart is notoriously bad during Black Friday for a reason—but I threw caution to the wind and went to go pick up the few things I needed. To my surprise, there weren’t that many people, and the way the store was laid out made it quite the foe against any Black-Friday-shenanigans that typically takes place. After I picked up everything I needed, on a whim, I decided to check out the game section. Most of the games were picked through, but I had learned that Doom for the Nintendo Switch had a price error at Walmart, and was ringing up for the same price as Xbox One and PlayStation 4, $12.99.
Sure enough, there was one copy, and I decided to buy it.
For a while I contemplated selling it, I did dabble a little bit in flipping at the time (far less than I do today) and could have easily made $30 if I sold it. However, something in my brain was nagging at me, telling me to open it up and start playing. Doom (2016) had been a game that I originally purchased for PC, but my aging computer was showing its age and couldn’t keep a steady frame rate. So, against my better judgment, and for a game I already owned, I opened it and started playing.
For those who understand Switch’s capabilities in terms of processing power and what is required of Doom (2016), what Panic Button did to make this game look and feel the way it does is anything short of a miracle. Some graphical fidelity was cut, but this was Doom (2016) in the palm of your hands with a steady frame rate and gyro-controls, you can’t beat that with just increased visuals. And so I played, enamored with the fact that I could play such a title whole sitting outside on the porch, laying down in bed without the TV on, or just while my girlfriend was watching another show. This simple freedom that the Switch provided made all the difference, and now, I want nearly everything on my Switch because it’s just a better experience to have the freedom to play where I want; companies seem to agree as well.
Each week I learn of a new port being brought to the Switch, and for the vast majority of them, I am excited to play them portability. Platform differences play a big part in how and for what consoles I purchase my games for. As a collector, there is a part of me that tries to keep games in the family, that is, within the same console family they started on. For example, when the Crash Bandicoot remakes started coming out, I made sure to purchase them on PlayStation 4 to keep it within the family as the originals were on the PlayStation One, but the Switch has forced this practice of mine into question. Do I keep the game in the family, or purchase it on the Switch for the enhanced function, and if that is the case, do I get the whole series (if possible on the Switch)? I find myself answering yes more and more frequently.
Guacamelee is a title that I made an effort to purchase physically on my PlayStation 4, but now, with both Guacamelee and its sequel coming to Switch, I will be selling off that physical version and purchasing the Switch version to replace it. Azure Striker Gunvolt, a game I already own on the 3DS, I now also own on the Switch because that is where most of my portable gaming happens now (plus the controls are a little easier on the hands). Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age I currently own on the PS4 and Vita, but you know what would be even better? Playing that RPG on the go on my Switch. These titles, and so—so many more are all just more enjoyable on a platform that gives me more choice, and I am happy to double dip just for that ability to play portably on a console that houses a large portion of my portable library already.
When all things are equal, the Switch has become my go-to console for nearly every game I can think of. Not only do I have the ability to play an extensive older and newer library of games, but I can do so on the go, and maybe a few extra helpful features packaged in as well; that’s a hard proposition to beat. So bring me your old, your dated, and obscure [to the Switch], I will be more than happy to add them time and time again, because in the end—it’s just better on Switch.