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Switch has been around for over five years, and we felt now was the best time to share what we feel are the best ports on the console.

There is a common perception regarding Switch (and hybrid consoles in general), that portability requires a sacrifice in playability. Basically, games must play and look worse in order to be in a compact form. While this may be true for some games, developers have proved that this is not always the case.

There are many games that have been ported from other more powerful consoles to Switch that show minimal to no downgrades in their gameplay experiences and graphics. These games range from huge open worlds to quick and snappy shooters, and regardless of playing handheld or docked, they still play perfectly.

Luckily for Switch owners, there are many games that have been ported this well, and a list of all of them could be very long. We’ve narrowed down the top ten Switch ports based on how well the games were reviewed (no one wants to hear about an amazing port of a bad game), and how well the gameplay and graphics were preserved. We have also selected games that were ported from the current generation at the time, as it’s slightly less impressive that a PS3 / Xbox 360 title can run on a handheld.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best Nintendo Switch ports.

Dragon Quest XI S

Plans for games often change during development, and Dragon Quest XI is no exception. In a recent interview published by Square Enix, 3D art director Yoshiko Hiyama revealed that for Heliodor, there was originally “an idea to include a well that connects to an underground area – an element that follows traditional gameplay found in Dragon Quest games.”

That plan was scrapped, though it did end up elsewhere. As for why it didn’t make sense in Heliodor, Hiyama said the city “was already quite voluminous” and there was already a secret passage.

Hiyama’s full words:

Total worldwide shipments and digital sales for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition have surpassed 5.5 million units, Square Enix announced. Series creator, Yuji Horii had this to say about the title:

“I strongly believe that this figure has only been achieved thanks to our fans who have always loved the DRAGON QUEST series and also the new players who discovered DRAGON QUEST or JRPGs through this title. If I could ever go back in time to meet myself when I was still making the very first DRAGON QUEST, I would love to tell him, ‘In 30 years’ time, DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age  has been released and loved by international fans beyond seas and languages.’ I will carry on doing my very best to deliver further DRAGON QUEST titles to our fans worldwide. Thank you very much to all the fans who have enjoyed the title!”

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition launched for Switch worldwide in September 2019. If you’ve played the game yourself, what are your thoughts about reaching this milestone?


Nintendo has a new Dragon Quest XI S video up with series creator Yuji Horii and the game’s producer Hokuto Okamoto. Below, the two developers discuss their favorite characters, monsters they like to battle, and more.

It took much longer than expected, but Dragon Quest XI S finally landed on Switch last month. Digital Foundry shared a video today that delves into finer detail regarding how the RPG holds up from a technical perspective and makes a number of comparisons to the original release.

Here are the highlights:

Dragon Quest XI S came out in Japan a few days ago, and in its first week, it sold just over 300,000 copies. Dengeki reports an initial sell-through rate of 65 percent.

The 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI sold 1.83 million units in its first week in Japan. Square Enix also moved another 1.4 million units of the PlayStation 4 version. Given that it’s been over two years since Dragon Quest XI originally appeared in Japan, Square Enix should be satisfied with how the Switch version is performing thus far.


Tying in with the arrival of Dragon Quest XI S, My Nintendo has updated with its latest rewards. Two wallpapers based on the game can be redeemed now.

We have a look at both wallpapers in this post. They’re priced at 50 Platinum Points each.

If interested, you can order the Dragon Quest XI S wallpapers on My Nintendo here.

Nintendo has shared a new video featuring the developers of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition. Below, three of the team members detail three points about the RPG that you might not know about.

Nintendo has shared yet another character trailer for Dragon Quest XI S. Find a video focusing on Jade and Rab below.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is out now on Nintendo Switch. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo shared a special message from series creator Yuji Horii and the game’s director Hokuto Okamoto:

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