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access_time September 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM in Features by David Poole

Top 10 Nintendo Switch Ports Perfect for the Switch Lite!

If you’ve been on the fence about the Nintendo Switch and the recently released Nintendo Switch Lite caught your attention, then you may have accessed a large treasure trove of wonderful titles. The Nintendo Switch has well over 2,000 titles, and it’s growing at a rapid rate. Despite this, a lot of consumers often don’t look at all the titles that don’t have the Nintendo publisher logo on it. Despite this, that doesn’t mean that the Switch is lacking in a lot of amazing games. Many of them are actually ports from other platforms like the PS4 and Xbox One. We decided to compile a list of some of the best ports on the platform for your new portable gaming experience.

Keep in mind, while this list is in order, these are all excellent games on the Switch. It was very difficult to pick just 10, but these are all games we feel new Switch owners would benefit knowing about. It doesn’t matter if it’s number 10 on the list, of number 1. If even one of these games interests you, then you likely can’t go wrong.

10. Diablo III: Eternal Collection

In 2012, Diablo III had a rough start, but it eventually fell into a good place after various updates. Diablo III is the first Blizzard title to appear on the Switch, but it will soon be joined by Overwatch next month. While the PC, PlayStation and Xbox versions look better visually, the Switch version still looks great thanks to a change in models. It performs very well in most situations too. With the Switch having a large focus on local multiplayer, Diablo III is also a perfect compliment for this. Grab a few friends, choose a class and take down Diablo. Even better, you can do it while using the Switch exclusive Ganondorf transmog armor.

9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

This one was a late arrival for the Switch, but Spyro finally made it to the platform. Releasing last year on other platforms, we really liked these reimagined versions of the original Spyro trilogy. Toys for Bob did well porting this one to the Switch, even getting the entire game on one cartridge. While some aspects still feel right out of the 90’s, this is a solid way to experience the Spyro games on the go. Performance is rarely an issue and the colorful visuals work well on the Switch’s screen. Three great adventures for one low price, you can’t do much better than Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It’s a great pick for younger audiences too.

8. Valkyria Chronicles 4

The Switch is no stranger to the SRPG genre, with games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Disgaea. Sega took a chance and released the newest Valkyria Chronicles on the Nintendo Switch alongside the other platforms. We’re happy they did, because Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a solid port on the Switch. The visuals don’t take too much of a hit outside of resolution, and the performance is practically flawless. Like Fire Emblem, this series thrives by utilizing a great cast of characters and making them work in your strategies. Unlike Fire Emblem, it combines turn-based and real-time combat, making Valkyria Chronicles 4 a great segue to the genre. If you prefer, you can also download the original title at a low cost to get started with the series.

7. Cuphead

Those seeking a challenge on their Nintendo Switch, look no further. Cuphead was a delightful addition to the system library back in April, offering a great on-the-go experience for the platform. Originally released on the Xbox One and Windows, it was quite a surprise to see transition to the Switch. We’re glad it did too, because it’s essentially a perfect port, and feels right at home. With frenetic run-and-gun gameplay and tons of bosses to take down, Cuphead on the Switch is a great option. Better yet, give a friend a joy-con and work together to finish the game. You can also look forward to The Delicious Last Course releasing sometime next year.

(UPDATE: We’ve realized our blunder and how this conflicts with our Nintendo Switch Lite compatibility list. Cuphead is still an amazing port, even if multiplayer on the Switch Lite screen isn’t ideal.)

6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

One of the key selling points to the Nintendo Switch when it was first revealed was being able to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim portably. It’s still a strong reason to jump on the Switch bandwagon. While it may not be as visually impressive as the other current platforms, this is all of Skyrim in your hands. It runs well, it offers nearly endless hours of gameplay, and it brought Bethesda IPs back to Nintendo after years. With added Breath of the Wild content, amiibo support and motion controls, it’s one of the more impressive ports. Despite this, it’s still Skyrim, and it may have been a game you’ve played on multiple platforms already. Even then, it’s great for those just looking to escape into a new world.

5. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

To be honest, it was a difficult decision to choose between Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Final Fantasy XII. Both are excellent options, and one even provides two games for the price of one. Both work incredibly well on the Switch, but we picked Final Fantasy XII just based on the sheer scope. As far as ports go, it’s nearly identical to the ones on other platforms, offering everything sans a 4K resolution. Joining an interesting cast of characters, there’s tons of areas to explore, marks to hunt, and high levels of customization. The story is still just as good as it was back in 2006 and the action is just as excellent. If you’re looking to embark on a grand RPG adventure on your Switch, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a great place to start.

4. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bandai Namco released Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. Releasing to all major platforms, the Switch version was no exception, and provided a pretty solid rendition. A classic real-time combat JRPG, Tales of Vesperia tells a fantastic story that makes it a sure favorite in the series. We definitely enjoyed reliving the experience when we reviewed it earlier this year. The Switch is constantly adding quality RPG’s to it’s stable, and Tales of Vesperia is definitely a top consideration. As far as ports go, it has minor frame drops, but nothing that diminishes the experience. Providing even more content than the original, there’s plenty to enjoy in the Nintendo Switch version.

3. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Honestly one of the more underrated titles of last generation, Dragon’s Dogma is a true gem. Imagine taking a setting like Skyrim and adding more combo based combat, and you have a great time. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is practically a perfect port, offering a near identical experience to the other platforms. We can’t express it enough that this game should be on your radar. Capcom took a chance at a new IP, and they really nailed it in the genre. Creating a character and using pawns in battle add a dynamic often not seen in other action RPGs. “They’re master works all, you can’t go wrong.”

2. God Eater 3

A more recent port, Bandai Namco’s God Eater 3 released earlier this year for other platforms. It released on the Switch in July and may have flown under the radar for many Switch owners. God Eater is no stranger to portable platforms, and though God Eater 3 was made for normal consoles, it still works great on the go. With pick-up and play missions, God Eater 3 is similar to games like Monster Hunter. Even then, there are still a few gameplay differences and the missions are a bit more straightforward. Though it may have a downgrade in visuals, the portability factor adds a lot to the grinding experience. Add the ability to play local co-op, and you have what feels like the best way to play the game. If you’ve been looking for a similar experience after playing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, look no further.


At the top of our list is the port of 2016’s Doom. While there are many great ports on the Switch, Panic Button’s port of this quality shooter from id Software is definitely a standout. Not only does it play well, even now utilizing the Switch’s motion options for aiming, but it sets an example for what the Switch can do. Panic Button has made it clear that the Switch can have quality experiences from the other platforms and still look good. On top of that, Doom just happens to be a good game. While it’s missing the SnapMap feature, the entire single-player and multiplayer experience is still in tact. For a Switch title, it’s pretty impressive, and it’s made the Switch a home for Doom Eternal later this year.

Honorable Mentions:

There are a ton of ports on the Switch these days, and many still deserve recognition. Panic Button has done more than just Doom, including games like Rocket League, Warframe, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. While not as upgraded as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One options, L.A. Noire from Rockstar also offers a solid portable experience. Dragon Ball FighterZ offers the same fast action as the other platforms, and provides a new multiplayer mode too. The list goes on and on, but it may just be worth looking into the options yourself too.

The fun doesn’t stop there either, as plenty of solid looking ports are on their way to the Switch. Just next week, we’ll get Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, offering more than the original PS4 release. Next month, we’ll even get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition, which will be quite the achievement for the platform. Just because the Switch isn’t as powerful as the other consoles, it doesn’t mean that it has a shortage of great gaming experiences.

Any ports out there you feel we missed on our list? Anything you’re looking forward to? What are you playing now on your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear other opinions.


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