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All Games Confirmed to Be Downgraded on the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch was finally revealed with a lot more details just last week, and it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan. There’s a console which instantly becomes a handheld complete with full controls, a touchscreen, and stunning visuals. Then you have a list of games set to release this year, some of which look to be real crowd-pleasers. There’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, and plenty other games to make 2017 one seriously expensive year.

Of course, a console can’t survive solely on exclusives. It needs third-party games to help fill in the holes that pop up in a release schedule. Often times those come in the form of multiplatform games, and so far the Nintendo Switch is looking like it may just be getting the short end of the stick on a few offerings, due to its severe lack of graphical power when compared to its console counterparts. Below you’ll find the games that have been confirmed to have downgraded visuals compared to other platforms (though any changes in gameplay remain to be seen).


Dragon Quest Heroes II – This sequel in the hack and slash, action-RPG series is looking notably better on the PS4 than it is on the Switch. Nintendo’s new console is lacking the particle effects, lighting, and sharper textures that are available on Sony’s home console, putting the game more in line with the Vita version of the game and appearing as a seriously downgraded console release. This may be to ensure that the game runs well both in and out of the docking station.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Skyrim is fairing a bit better than Dragon Quest with some really impressive visuals on the Switch if its trailer is anything to go by. It looks impressive, and definitely much better than the title’s original release back in 2011. Yet comparisons show that it has been downgraded and is slightly toned down on the Switch, although it’s difficult to tell looking at just the new version alone.

We’ll be sure to upgrade this list as more games are both announced and we can see exactly what has been downgraded to fit Nintendo’s upcoming home console/handheld hybrid.

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