A comprehensive list of every game that is now confirmed as being off the table for Nintendo Switch fans.
Nintendo has a new piece of hardware coming out soon, which has resulted in hype building for those anticipating the eventual release. Now named Switch (previously known as NX), Nintendo’s new console/handheld hybrid boasts a large number of developers actively working to bring software to the platform. While many are content to discover what will and won’t be released by interviewing every person at every company, or simply making up outlandish rumors, The Midnight Roost has obtained an internal document detailing every single video game that will NOT be released on the Nintendo Switch.
The extensive list, sorted by publisher, goes into exact details as to which games are currently being left off the table. Other sites have already confirmed that games like Mass Effect: Andromeda and Yakuza 0 won’t be making the cut, but the lists go deeper than that. Square Enix has had a number of successful releases as of late, but the list we’ve obtained clearly states that games like Hitman, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Final Fantasy won’t be available for Nintendo’s audience. EA has also been marked down as a “no show” for games like Titanfall 2, The Sims 4, and Battlefield One (not to be confused with the first Battlefield, which will also not be making it to the Switch.)
We’ve also seen that there’s no chance of getting a Switch version of Activision’s Destiny, Bandai-Namco’s Tekken 7, Bethesda’s Doom and Fallout 4, and others like the Capcom’s Street Fighter 5, co-developed with Sony.
Keep in mind that we’re not talking “possibilities” or “likely no-shows.” Our documents, obtained through very dubious methods from Nintendo directly, paint a very clear picture. Hoping for a port of Bloodborne? How about the upcoming Nier: Automata? Too bad. Both of those games won’t be gracing your sweaty, Zelda-loving hands either.
The list itself, you would find if we gave it to you directly, provides not only common-sense answers, but also shines a light into Nintendo’s own future as well. Fans of the Virtual Console initiative might find themselves in dire straights. It looks like we’ll still never get those digital releases of the SNES Star Fox, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, or the original Mario Party for N64. Also? Stop asking for DS games. Those aren’t going to happen.
We know that you’re probably reeling from shock with all of this information. It’s a lot to take in, and honestly, it’s a lot of negativity to throw out in front of a console’s true debut. Some people could very easily look at a list like this and say “Heck, none of my favorite games of the past or present will be coming to the Switch… so why even get it?”
Well, it gets worst.
This list is so comprehensive, that it even manages to lay out the road for the entire lifespan of the Switch. Games that haven’t been announced to the public, and (some of us theorize) games that are barely a glimmer of an idea in the eyes of some young, talented upstart yet to be destroyed by the harsh conditions of the industry are all listed right here.
Some of it reads kind of obvious. I mean, yeah, Mega Man Legends 3 was never going to get made, right? In truth, it may one day return to life. But that day will not be kind to the Nintendo Switch. Tekken 8, Street Fighter 6, Halos 6 through 10, Gears of War: Locust Rising, Killer Instinct: Komplete, Banjo-Kazooie: Days of Future Passed, and Diablo 4 are all going to pass right on by the transformative console. There was also an exhaustive list of indie and even a couple of new IP’s, but without knowing what “Guns Ablazerin'” even is, we thought it best to leave those as surprises.
We’ve brought only a taste of some highlights thus far. Currently, we are in the process of transcribing this entire list, so make sure to check back fairly often for updates.
At the risk of editorializing a bit too much, I do want to focus on one particular aspect of this whole situation. Yes, the list is exhaustive in its thoroughness, but two things need to be remembered. One, is that things change. What’s confirmed one day could be completely different the next, that’s just the nature of the world. But, it also is a list of games we know won’t be on Switch; it says nothing of what will be there. We already know of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it looks like there’s a new 3D Mario game in there somewhere. But beyond that, we don’t really have much of a clue. The lack of information on this list implies we could see all of our returning favorites like a new Metroid, Animal Crossing, Smash Bros. and more. There could also be new games. Just last year we saw the arrival of a stellar little puzzle game called BOXBOY!, so who knows delightful new ideas have yet to show up.
Just know that we won’t be seeing a new Mach Rider. Ever.
What do you think of all of this? Has one of your favorite games already been struck down before it’s time to shine in the palm of your hands, like so many stolen diamonds? Join the discussion in the comments section, or wherever forums you happen to frequent.