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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.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

CD Projekt Red is making a change in how it’s selling The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Switch.

Since launch, the game has been offered as a “Complete Edition” with all DLC. But now The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, its expansions, and free DLC can be obtained separately. The Complete Edition is still up on the eShop, but it will eventually be phased out.

Here’s the full announcement with all of the details:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt players on Switch can access a new update. CD Projekt Red has issued version 3.7, which includes a fix involving multiple file transfers to/from Steam and GOG.COM cloud saves service.

Below are the full patch notes:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

CD Projekt Red reported sales for the first half of 2020 this week. It was good news for the company, as revenue saw a 70 percent jump.

What’s noteworthy in the Nintendo scene is a brief but interesting comment from Piotr Nielubowicz, VP and CFO of CD Projekt. Nielubowicz said that The Witcher 3 experienced “unceasing popularity” and the Switch version achieved “excellent sales”.

Here’s the full notice from the report:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

If someone would have told you a couple of years ago that The Witcher 3 would eventually be on Switch, there’s a good chance that you may not have believed them. Before the game was announced, many people thought that such a port would be simply impossible. Yet Saber Interactive managed to make it work, bringing the entire experience to Nintendo’s console and on a single game cartridge to boot.

During NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, Saber Interactive’s Roman Lebedev delivered a presentation all about the Switch version of The Witcher 3. Lebedev went into detail regarding CPU, memory and build size optimizations and tradeoffs made during development.

Below are some of the highlights:

With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt having been updated to version 3.6, it brings along cloud saves with the PC version and new graphics settings as highlights. Footage of the patch can be found below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s new 3.6 update is out now on Switch worldwide, CD Projekt has announced.

As previously mentioned, the patch adds support for save file integration with Steam and GOG. There’s also new graphical options, support for touch controls, and more.

Below are the full update details:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

There have been mixed reports as to whether The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be updated on Switch. Saber Interactive, one of the studio’s involved with the port, had apparently said on a VK social media page that a patch was coming and it would be “worth the wait.” However, that comment was deleted, leading fans to wonder what was actually happening.

Making matters more confusing, we’re hearing that an update has in fact started to roll out. Players in Korea are allegedly able to download version 3.6, though we can’t confirm that it’s live in any other region currently.

We’re back in the saddle with the first regular episode of 2020! This week on NEP, we’re covering the big Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct, the negative response, and trying to make sense of something when we don’t really have a dog in the fight. We also accidentally talk about Star Trek and Star Wars a bit, too? Why? Oni Dino probably has the worst take you’ve ever heard involving Pokémon and Star Wars. But also the “Great Oni Dino x Galen Argument of 2020” has already begun with the incendiary question: is Pokémon now a games-as-a-service game? We’re on opposite sides of the ring, ready to duke it out.

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Nintendo has produced yet another Switch commercial focusing on a couple of third-party games. View an advert featuring The Witcher 3 and Overwatch below.


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