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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

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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.

Ori: The Collection

iam8bit has announced Ori: The Collection, a new physical release for Switch containing Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The two games will be packaged together on a single cartridge. Also included are the digital soundtracks for both games as well as six collectible art cards.

Ori: The Collection comes from iam8bit, Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios, with global distribution from Skybound Games.

Ori: The Collection will be priced at $49.99. Most major retailers, as well as the iam8bitstore, will be carrying the release. It will be available on October 12.

Source: iam8bit PR

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studios currently has two Ori games under its belt. But could we see more additions to the series, be it with
prequels or spin-offs? Art director Jeremy Gritton isn’t ruling out the possibility.

Speaking with IGN, Gritton said:

Ori Collector's Edition

Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are both getting a physical release as part of a special collector’s edition from iam8bit. However, if you’re not interested in spending $150, there’ll be an alternative option.

iam8bit has confirmed to Nintendo Everything reader StrawHatEevee that regular physical versions of the Ori games are planned. Not only that, but they’re arriving in just a few months – specifically December. There’s no word on pricing yet, but they’ll definitely be cheaper than the $150 collector’s edition.

But they told me in an e-mail that it’s December. Hope this info helps.

Thanks to StrawHatEevee for the tip.

Ori and the Blind Forest followed in the footsteps of Cuphead as a game associated with Xbox moving over to Switch. In the end, Microsoft Studios’ Daniel Smith told USgamer that the game “did well” on Nintendo’s console.

Smith mentioned of bringing Ori to Switch:

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Ori and the Blind Forest launched on Switch at the end of last week. For a look at how it stacks up to the Xbox One version, check out the video below.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is out now on the Switch eShop. For a look at the game’s launch trailer, continue on below.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is largely the same game on Switch as it has been on other platforms. However, developer Moon Studios did make one noteworthy improvement.

When the game originally released, Ori’s sprites were animated at 30 frames per second. But now on Switch, they’ve been updated to 60 FPS. This was achieved thanks to continued improvements with Moon Studios’ engine, director Thomas Mahler says.

Xbox has published an official FAQ for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on Switch. It details transferring demo progress to the full game, confirms there are currently no plans for a physical version, and more.

Here’s the FAQ in full:

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