What is the difference between a Nintendo Switch and a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? You can actually buy a Switch without going to eBay or religiously following Wario64’s tweets. Nonetheless, Nintendo Switch still sells wonderfully in its sixth year on the market, and most game publishers are eager to bring all of their big franchises to the console to some degree. Still, there are still a handful of great video game franchises that aren’t available on Nintendo Switch yet, and their exclusions are really confusing. Here are seven major game franchises not yet available on Switch, ranging from Call of Duty and Yakuza at Madden and The sims.
A list of the main game franchises not yet available on Nintendo Switch
7. The call of duty
A new Call of Duty comes out every year, and except years when something like a new Grand Theft Auto exits, COD is still the best-selling game of the year whether you like it or not. And since it’s well established that publisher Activision wants to bleed money both from consumers and its own employees, one would think it would want to send Call of Duty to Switch to earn even more money. But this is not the case to date.
However, if you think about it a bit more, there seems to be a good reason for this. The simple fact is, people who want to play first-person shooters competitively are unlikely to do so on Switch, often even when cross-play is an option. PlayStation, Xbox, and of course PC are just more attractive options with already established player bases, and the chances of Switch (with or without its family image) ever catching up with the competition are simply unlikely. It would make sense for Activision to focus on platforms that already have this player base. The same goes for EA with Battlefield (and maybe even Star Wars Battlefront II, as painful as that is).
However, compared to Call of Duty, there are far fewer reasons why the rest of the game franchises on this list are not yet available on Nintendo Switch.
6. Metal Gear Solid
There are rumors that Virtuos is working on a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3 for Konami, but otherwise the franchise has been dormant since the failed spin-off without Hideo Kojima Metal Gear Survive. However, old Metal gear and Solid games are finally coming to PC and fans are still hoping for a new collection that brings the entire franchise together. Naturally, Switch gamers would love to see all of them. Solid metal gear on Switch too. Switch has already become a stronghold of old game remasters; Konami might as well add some of its most famous games to this lineup. But as it is, Metal gear is currently one of the major game franchises that are not available on Switch at all.
5. Red Dead Redemption
Ok i get Red Dead Redemption 2 running on Switch can be a big demand – but Red Dead Revolver and the original Red Dead Redemption are options, surely? Take-Two Interactive recently demonstrated that it is genuinely interested in bringing major Rockstar Games titles to Switch with the (admittedly jank-tastic) release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. Of course, we would obviously like Dead red Change the port to reach a level of quality higher than RGT did, but it’s frankly weird that more Rockstar titles weren’t already available on Switch in the first place. After all, Switch feels like the only platform on Earth that hasn’t Grand Theft Auto V. So basically we just want more whatever by Rockstar on Switch.
This one doesn’t need to be discussed much, as most people already understand the monster that Madden is here in the United States. People like or at least tolerate EAs Madden because that’s the only way to get their official NFL fix as a video game, and there’s so much casual gamers (think businessmen who travel a lot) who would buy it on Switch just so they can play it on the go. It doesn’t matter if the game is a huge technical downgrade (as we see painfully with FIFA); people go buy it. Of all the major casual video game franchises, Madden is one of the weirdest ones yet to be released on Nintendo Switch.
3. Mass effect
We have already mentioned the absence of EA Mass Effect Legendary Edition on Switch in our article on the main missing RPGs on Switch, so there is no need to repeat yourself. The bottom line is developer BioWare hasn’t ruled out bringing the acclaimed sci-fi role-playing trilogy to Switch, so it really is. should go.
There is no franchise like Sega’s Yakuza. With games spanning decades, it shows how the same fictional regions of Japan change and evolve over time, with complex characters entering a variety of bizarre situations. The overall authenticity of the games would be guaranteed by the real yakuza, but the games also have a spectacular and absurd sense of humor, even making side quests fascinating and memorable cases. Recent remakes and harbors collections have made Yakuza easier to access than ever, so it’s time to bring as many of these games as possible to Switch.
Originally a brawler series with lots of RPG elements built in, the franchise evolved into a full-fledged turn-based RPG with its most recent entry, Yakuza: like a dragon, which presents a new protagonist. Meanwhile, a spinoff series Judgement continues the brawler gameplay with its own new protagonist. That is to say – Yakuza offers enormous variety across the franchise, and Sega could really add to the Nintendo Switch library by wearing them in part or in full.
1. The Sims
Apart from no doubt Minecraft and whatever Roblox is, The sims is basically the ultimate casual video game franchise. It’s a game about being human, which we can all relate to. And it’s absolutely breathtaking this The sims is not available on Nintendo Switch, the ultimate casual gaming console. Publisher EA has the ability to make peanut butter and jelly, but for some reason EA refuses to share its jar.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson claimed in 2019 that the data suggested gamers would simply prefer to play its franchises on other platforms. EA has since changed its tone somewhat, and Lost to chance is pretty awesome. But no matter how you cut it, the lack of The sims is intolerable. Of all the great game franchises missing on Nintendo Switch, this is the most confusing.
There are of course other notable game franchises missing on Switch, as well as franchises that are severely under-represented like Fall. But these are the ones we found particularly noteworthy. What other franchises do you really want to see coming to Switch?