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Third Party Games We Want on the Switch

Sep 25, 2017

By: Max Cannon

The Nintendo Switch has had a killer first year, kicking things off with one of the highest rated games of the year and concluding with a new entry in the 3D Mario series. What'll really decide the Nintendo Switch's future success is how the console makes use of third-party games. Third-party games are titles released by companies that don't also make the hardware, for example, games published by Sony are first-party PlayStation games. While Nintendo is making the right moves by getting games like Skyim and Rocket League on the console, but what else do we want to see?

Call of Duty

The biggest franchise in the worldCall of Duty, would be a big deal on the Nintendo Switch. While the previous console, the Wii U, was fortunate to have seen Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, there aren't any signs of the biggest series in gaming coming onto Nintendo's new console... so far. At the moment it's more than just Activision's decision to join Nintendo but the strength of the system, however, there may be a solution.

The past Wii U entries in the Call of Duty series.The past Wii U entries in the Call of Duty series.

Making a version of Call of Duty specific to Nintendo's platform is a possibility considering that there was a version solely made for the PlayStation Vita, which while not very well received on its own is still a great idea for future platforms. And a Call of Duty game is certain to be a big seller on any console.

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Blizzard's family-friendly RPG shooter, Overwatch, is ripe for a Switch version. Like Call of Duty, Overwatch is published by Activision and feels like its cartoonish and colorful art style would fit right in for a Nintendo platform. For those that haven't played, Overwatch is a shooter that differentiates its classes between different characters, many consider the game a "hero shooter."

Overwatch is the family friendly first person shooter.Overwatch is the family friendly first person shooter.

Overwatch is well-optimized for PC and doesn't have a demanding art style which means that it could potentially be ported to the Switch easily -- assuming that it really is that simple. But the biggest hurdle is Nintendo's online, Overwatch is an online only game and needs a capable network, something that Nintendo has struggled with. But fingers crossed we see some sign of this game on a portable device.

Kingdom Hearts 

While Kingdom Hearts hasn't always been loyal to a single platform, it has had a presence in the past on Nintendo devices. The first game in the series to follow the main game was Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS and 3DS each saw games from the series. While PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 saw a remastered package of the main games in the series, and then some, the main games haven't left PlayStation's hardware.

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Getting these games on the Switch would undoubtedly be possible considering they originally released on PlayStation 2. And what better way to prep players  than to release the originals on as many devices as possible.

Have Your Say!

Which third-party games would you like to see? Have you played any of the above? Share your comments below!