Nintendo Switch Ports are Not a Bad Thing
It seems like everyday we are getting rumors of new games which will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. A vast majority of these games seem to be ports though. Will having too many Nintendo Switch Ports have a negative effect on the system? Here’s why I think Nintendo Switch ports will be a great thing for the Switch.
So while we have not many confirmed titles coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do currently have 38 games rumored to be in development. You can read through the full list of titles HERE. Of these 38 games, more than half of them are considered to be “ports”. I personally think ports are great and they help fill in titles, especially, for new systems. Some gamers though are complaining about the lack of unique titles in the lineup for the Nintendo Switch. So this brings up the question, is there such thing as too many ports? The answer to that question is yes.
If, the Nintendo Switch only received ports of games and lacked any unique titles there would be very little incentive to buy the console. There needs to be a good port to new title ratio. I personally believe ports and “remasters” are different though. Rumors are going around that the Mario Kart and Splatoon teased in the official launch trailer will both be “remasters”. These games will supposedly both contain DLC from the previous release as well as some additional content unique to the Nintendo Switch version.
While technically this sounds a lot like a port, this is a smart way for companies to give gamers new content without releasing a whole new game which only really adds a new feature or two. I personally would rather play a remastered version of Mario Kart than a whole new version which adds nothing new. I mean who really wants to buy a new Call of Duty every year for a new feature or two? When a new game is released it should be NEW. New games should add significant changes.
So could too many Nintendo Switch ports be a bad thing? Possibly, but with many of these titles rumored to be remasters, Nintendo may be on the right track. If a game isn’t broke, there is no need to fix it. Plus we have also been teased with a variety of unique games including: New 3D Mario, Dragon Quest XI, Entertainment HERO, Zelda: BOTW, and several others. Unique IP’s will sell the Nintendo Switch, but remasters and ports will keep consumers playing the system in-between releases. The Nintendo Switch has a bright future ahead if it can execute a successful launch lineup.
What do you think about the vast amount of rumored ports coming to the Nintendo Switch? Do you think remasters are worth buying or would you prefer a complete new game? Let us know your thoughts.