Hey all! This is James from SwitchWatch, and I am back with 3 more game franchises we would love to see on the Switch. After the release of the last article, we saw Nintendo announce 2 out of the 3 games I listed. Well, let’s hope we have the same luck with these three. Let’s jump into it!
StarCraft is a real-time strategy game that consumed a lot of my time when I was younger. This was my first experience with RTS games, and it insured that I would be a fan for life. Blizzard blew me away with the addictive gameplay, interesting setting, and most of all, the multiplayer.
The StarCraft series takes place in the 26th century and focuses on the struggle between four species for dominance over the universe. The first of these are the Terrans, who are humans who find out they are not the only intelligent life in the universe in the worst possible way. The Zerg, an insect-like race that constantly evolves and adapts in a similar way to the Aliens from the Ridley Scott films. The Protoss, a mysterious and advanced group of conquerors who intentions remain hidden. Lastly is the Xel’Naga, an ancient race, featured in the sequel, who appears to be pulling a lot of strings behind the scenes. The Xel’Naga are unplayable, but an essential part of the overall power struggle.
For an RTS, StarCraft took storytelling to another level. The complexity and intricacies applied to each faction really went a long way to building this fantastical universe. There are plenty of surprises, twists, and heartbreaking moments throughout the various games. I found myself trying to get through each scenario as quickly as possible to find out what happened next in this engrossing space drama.
The gameplay for StarCraft is fun and surprisingly fast for an RTS. Battles can last hours or alternatively can be over in seconds with the right strategy. All three playable factions are balanced perfectly, all having strengths and weaknesses that lend themselves to various play styles. The custom options are endless, allowing people to even design full-fledged RPGs and action games that had nothing to do with what the game was even based on.
Unfortunately, Blizzard hasn’t seemed to be interested in doing much with the StarCraft franchise in the past few years, despite its massive success. Although the first entry of the series was ported onto the Nintendo 64, they say such a feat wouldn’t work on the Switch without changing the game entirely. I personally disagree, as we have already seen similar games work great on the Nintendo Switch with the touch screen controls, giving similar functionality to a mouse. Hopefully with enough of a demand from fans, we can one day enjoy a remaster of this classic real time strategy series.
2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is an action RPG series that was extremely popular at its release, as it allowed you to explore the Star Wars universe like never before. The games takes place roughly 4000 years before the events of the movies and involves the Sith Lord Darth Malek trying to use his armada to conquer the Republic so he could reign over the universe. As the player, your role is to travel across the galaxy in attempt to stop Darth Malek so you could either restore order to the Republic or take his place as the new Lord of the Sith.
Star Wars: KOTOR’s story is incredible for the amount of agency that is given to the player. From the moment the player’s custom creation wakes up in the midst of a ship being taken over by Malek’s forces with no memories, they must make decisions that ultimately shape the way the rest of the story plays out. They can take the path of Jedi, trying to help and restore peace to the galaxy by doing good deeds and saving lives, or there is the alternative of turning to the Dark Side, acting only in the player’s self interest and ultimately leading down a path of power and domination. No matter which way you choose to play, the story and adventure is one of the best I have personally experienced.
Star Wars: KOTOR’s gameplay allows you to play very strategically, mapping out every battle moment-to-moment, or you can alternatively bypass all of that, enjoying the game strictly as an action RPG. You initially pick from three classes (Scout, Scoundrel, or Soldier), but eventually you get to play as a Jedi with its own set of subclasses (Guardian, Sentinel, Consular). In both games, Lightsaber combat and force powers are fun. By the end of each game you are an unstoppable force-wielding Jedi or Sith that can easily cut your way through large groups of enemies with little effort, which is something that I personally enjoyed.
Despite already being ported to cell phones, there have been no announcements about possibly being brought to the Nintendo Switch. I believe this may be due to all the licensing changes over the years and the Star Wars franchise currently being in the hands of Electronic Arts. Though currently it is a long shot, hopefully this franchise can be brought to Switch for players to enjoy.
1. Dragon Age
The Dragon Age series is a dark fantasy roleplaying series that I can’t believe hasn’t been brought to the Nintendo Switch. This third-person RPG series is made up of three entries that take place in the dark and mystical kingdom of Fereldan. It is described as a spiritual successor to the great fantasy franchises Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, encompassing the best elements of both.
In the first game, Dragon Age: Origins, the player is thrust into the role of a Grey Warden, a group of warriors who are dedicated to saving the kingdom by destroying the Arch Demon and stopping a world ending event called “The Blight”.
In the sequel, you are taking on a more personal story as a character named Hawke, and you must navigate the political powder keg that is the city of Kirkwall attempting to save it from itself. Lastly, in Dragon Age: Inquisition, you take on the role of “The Inquisitor” who must unite various factions and kingdoms to stop a mysterious threat that could destroy not only the world, but reality itself.
The gameplay in each game is very different in a lot of ways but remains fun throughout all three. This is another franchise that allows you to be as strategic or action-oriented as you want to be with combat. You can stop gameplay completely choosing every action for every character or just plow through enemies hoping for the best.
What impresses me the most about Dragon Age is that the story for each game is incredible and expertly crafted around all the choices a player makes. Also, every decision you make in each game carries over to effect future entries despite the fact you may even play on different system entirely. This is perfect for anyone that started playing these games on older systems and now want to play on their Nintendo Switch. With a fourth entry coming out soon, hopefully Bioware will want to expand their audience by bringing the first three entries to our favorite hybrid system.
That concludes this list of 3 gaming franchises that I would love to see brought to the Nintendo Switch. I have plenty more lists to come, so stay tuned for my next few installments. Do you agree with my list? Let us know in the comments! I hope I have similar success to my list franchises list.
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