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Discussion Did Third-Parties missed an window of opportunity with WiiU/PS3/X360/Wii ports for Switch?

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As we reach closer to Switch sunset and following a strong and sucessful generation for Nintendo, does anyone else think third-parties missed opportunities of porting WiiU/X360/PS3/Wii titles to Switch? While the Tegra X1 at the heart of the Nintendo console isn't as powerful as PS4/XOne and couldn't allow for smooth ports from these machines, it was indeed more powerful than the HD twins (+Wii /Wii U), allowing for ports from that generation with increased resolution and/or enhanced performance. Not only that, the vast majority of the titles released for the HD twins never received a version for Nintendo consoles, due to Wii lack of performance at the time and Wii U being a sales failure.

So it really bummed me that a lot of great and awesome ports of games who would have a definitive (And portable) version on Switch never materialized. Does anyone else agree? (Or disagree). If so, any examples of PS3/X360/Wii/Wii U games that you wanted a Switch port?

Some examples of games I wanted a Switch port:

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Splinter Cell Blacklist:
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Shadows of the Damned:
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Tales of Xillia 1/2:
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Dragon's Crown:
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Sonic Unsleashed / Generations
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Dead or Alive 5 / Tekken Tag Tournament 2:
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Rise of Tomb Raider (X360) / Hitman Absolution / Deus Ex Human Revolution / FF XIII Trilogy:
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Metal Gear Rising / MGS V GZ + PP:
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Yakuza 0 (PS3) / Yakuza Kiwami (PS3):
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I don't feel like a window is closing. Switch got versions of plenty of new-to-Nintendo games from the PS1 and PS2 generations. I don't think we're going to stop seeing more from those generations, let alone the ones after.
 
I'm not sure if it's a missed window of opportunity, because I'd still pick up a fair few of these games even if they did come to Switch late from that generation. But I agree it does feel a little weird to release them now unless it was with the intention of providing patches for Switch 2 with DLSS at play.

Mirror's Edge would be an insta-cop if EA would pull their thumbs out their collective asses and get with the program
 
I don't feel like a window is closing. Switch got versions of plenty of new-to-Nintendo games from the PS1 and PS2 generations. I don't think we're going to stop seeing more from those generations, let alone the ones after.
I'm not sure if it's a missed window of opportunity, because I'd still pick up a fair few of these games even if they did come to Switch late from that generation. But I agree it does feel a little weird to release them now unless it was with the intention of providing patches for Switch 2 with DLSS at play.

Mirror's Edge would be an insta-cop if EA would pull their thumbs out their collective asses and get with the program
Oh, absolutely! I phrased it poorly. When I say the window of opportunity is closing, it's more due to the fact we'll soon know the next generation of Nintendo hardware. And, assuming said hardware is at least as equal or better as Xbox One (Low balling here), we'll receive a lot of PS4/XOne ports that weren't feasible on current Switch and thus it will take out the spotlight that these PS3/X360/Wii/WiiU games would have if they had been ported before to current Switch.

Still, I would buy these games in a heartbeat whenever they're ported.
 
Yeah, The Lost Planet Trilogy, Castlevania Lord of Shadow Trilogy etc
Another Lost Planet fan🤝. I also want a LoS port. I think they're quite underrated games, even with the flaws (And 2 being a bit of a train wreck haha)
Yeah, there are quite a few ports I'm surprised the Switch never got; DMC4 and FFXIII are two of the big ones for me.
Capcom really ported DMC 1 to 3 only to miss 4. And yeah, I also wanted some Lighting portable goodness on Switch. Yet SQEnix stopped the ports with FF XII. So close...
 
They're not missing anything. We're literally getting Arkham trilogy in two weeks, almost 7 years after the launch. We also got RDR just this summer. We'll still get tons of PS3 era ports until Switch's eventual death, some of the studios are just getting started.

Some of the games we could see next year: MGS4, MGS5, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, Nier Replicant, Hitman Absolution, Mass Effect trilogy, GTA4, Midnight Club LA, more Tales releases from Namco etc. Square could finally decide to re-release FF13 trilogy too.

DMC4 still remains as the most baffling decision, I admit.
 
Shadows of the Damned is getting a remaster, not confirmed for Switch yet but fingers crossed.

I think stuff like Tomb Raider/Yakuza could still happen, these are popular IP’s with new versions still being made and there is money to be made bringing them to Switch/Switch 2.
 
They're not missing anything. We're literally getting Arkham trilogy in two weeks, almost 7 years after the launch. We also got RDR just this summer. We'll still get tons of PS3 era ports until Switch's eventual death, some of the studios are just getting started.

Some of the games we could see next year: MGS4, MGS5, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, Nier Replicant, Hitman Absolution, Mass Effect trilogy, GTA4, Midnight Club LA, more Tales releases from Namco etc. Square could finally decide to re-release FF13 trilogy too.

DMC4 still remains as the most baffling decision, I admit.

Oh yeah, the Tales series! I'm not very into the games myself, but I am surprised at how few of them Namco has ported to Switch to date.
 
I believe that we could see a lot of these release on the successor.
It's gonna take time for the successor to build some install base. Publishers will bring old games like these to Switch, which has readily a massive install base, years after the successor launch.
Oh yeah, the Tales series! I'm not very into the games myself, but I am surprised at how few of them Namco has ported to Switch to date.
Not surprising at all, Namco is painfully slow. It took them 5 years to bring Katamari sequel to Switch, after the strong sales of the first.
 
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They're not missing anything. We're literally getting Arkham trilogy in two weeks, almost 7 years after the launch. We also got RDR just this summer. We'll still get tons of PS3 era ports until Switch's eventual death, some of the studios are just getting started.
They could have been a lot more faster hahaha. It's really weird that publishers are sitting into a pile of games that are basically brand new for Nintendo users and are perfect for Switch (Don't require compromises or big efforts to bring), and yet they're being painfully slow to do so.
DMC4 still remains as the most baffling decision, I admit.
I agree. Second one (IMO) is the decision to not bring the Yakuza PS3 (Mainly 0 and Kiwami) games to Switch. It's basically free money and would help expand the Yakuza series.
 
if they weren't coming to PS4/XB, they ain't coming to switch. I don't think most companies would drag out an old game from that gen to throw on just the Switch or with it as a main focus. I'd love for stuff like Rygar PS2 to come back, but... Yeah, it isn't always viable for most companies and if they don't sell well in general they usually don't bother.

I still want Solatorobo HD or dot hack OG collection :(
 
Most got it right. Never thought i could play that many third party games on my Switch, just too name a view famous franchises available: Doom, Crysis, Bioshock, Borderlands, Portal, Wolfenstein, Skyrim, Witcher, Diablo, Overwatch, Monster Hunter, Ace Attorney, Okami, Resident Evil, Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, The World ends with you, Nier, Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, 13 Sentinels, Sonic, Alien Isolation, Civilisation, X- Com, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin's Creed, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Minecraft, Cuphead, Ori, Hollow Knight, Divinity II Original Sin, Snow Runner, Daemon x Machina, Rune Factory, FC 24, Burnout, Need for Speed, Outer Worlds, Outer Wilds, No Man's Sky, Subnautica, Mortal Kombat, Batman Arkham, Dark Souls, and recently the forbidden wizard game...

I wonder about some missing games like Dark Souls 2&3, Mass Effect Trilogy or Tomb Raider Reboot Trilogy...(Too bad the Halo rumours didn't pan out)...

On the other hand, Nintendo is missing out on some of their games too like F- Zero, Kid Ikarus, Metroid Prime 2&3, Mario Galaxy 2, Star Fox...Well. It's not too late yet...
 
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A new console definitely won't stop releases of ports/remasters/etc. They're extremely convenient if there's a lull in a publisher's release schedule and they want to get something released that won't take an excessive amount of resources and time. I expect the Switch 2 to continue getting a steady stream of ports/remasters from older console generations (alongside PS/Xbox/Steam) throughout its life.
 
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I think, while the window of opportunity for straight ports is closing, the more-preferable window for nice remasters of that era’s games for all modern consoles is about to open with a much more capable Switch successor.
 
if they weren't coming to PS4/XB, they ain't coming to switch.
Yeah and just because of this, Switch will get tons of such re-releases in the near future. Games like Shadows of the Damned, MGS collection Vol 2, Lollipop Chainsaw they're all releasing on all platforms, not just Switch.

And that leaves the door open for such remasters/collections: Final Fantasy XIII, Far Cry, Dragon Age, Castlevania, Fallout 3/NV (if MS won't be a jerk about this), Soul Calibur, Max Payne 3.

And there are some that already released for PS4/X1 and might be late ports for Switch: Tomb Raider (Legend trilogy first) Mass Effect and Mafia. (I wouldn't expect anything from Sega though. No Yakuza or Vanquish).
 
Some companies "got it" better than others. Capcom was probably the worst in that regard: no DMC4 or DmC, no Dead Rising 1/2/Off the Record, no Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (I'm probably forgetting some other examples)... all these are PS3/360 games that got PS4/Xbox One remasters, but no Switch version, not even as a late port.
 
First time I’m hearing of shadows of the damned… looks right up my alley! Why are so many dam games I want releasing on switch all of a sudden lol
 
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I want to see more and I think we still will. I unabashedly believe 7th gen > 8th gen as far as overall game quality.
 
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if they weren't coming to PS4/XB, they ain't coming to switch. I don't think most companies would drag out an old game from that gen to throw on just the Switch or with it as a main focus. I'd love for stuff like Rygar PS2 to come back, but... Yeah, it isn't always viable for most companies and if they don't sell well in general they usually don't bother.

I still want Solatorobo HD or dot hack OG collection :(
The weirdest thing is that some of these titles already got PS4/XOne versions, but not Switch. Either because the console wasn't released yet or because they skipped it. Stuff like Resonance of Fates, Tomb Raider/Rise of Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Thief, Virtua Fighter 5, Mass Effect, Evil Within, etc. All have PS4/XOne SKUs with X360/PS3 SKUs that could have been ported to Switch.
 
It was the wasted opportunity. All those excellent 7th generation games could've gotten another chance. While we did get some, they were far too few to my liking.
 
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It would have been ripe for more games from that era. Even throw backs like fear, condemned, the darkness ect…

I would love the tomb raider legends trilogy to come to switch, those games are underrated
 
I’m still hoping for Konami to pull its thumb out of its ass and give us a Castlevania DS Collection and a better port/emulation of SOTN/Rondo that doesn’t run on a proprietary Sony-only PSP emulator, but I know better than to expect it to happen.

I think we’re well served on older ports for the most part and that we’ll continue to get them as the nostalgia window moves on into the 2000s and 2010s so I wouldn’t give up on seeing 7th gen games come to newer platforms like the Switch/Switch successor, PS5, Xbox Series, Steam, etc
 
I was down for any port of a COD game and the tomb raiders game.
 
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We could see a lot of the older 3rd party stuff that doesn’t need remastering (Mass Effect, Tomb Raider) on Switch 2 during the launch window. That’s always a good time for 3rd parties to release games for the crowd who will be lapping up new releases on Switch 2 during the honeymoon period.
 


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