The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Switch release date was on October 15th, just over two weeks ago, and it’s everything we expected and more. According to online sources, the overly positive feedback, and exclusively praising reviews, the Nintendo Switch transition was done appropriately and it compliments the original game. This version now joins the pretty wide platform club, with the game being playable on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
Is it as good as the previous versions?
The short answer is – Yes! “Impossible” ports to Switch are happening more and more as it seems Mortal Kombat 11 was the first game to prove that anything is possible indeed. Currently, the web is buzzing with news about The Witcher 3 Switch graphics visual quality and everyone is comparing it to other platform versions. Well, it is true that Nintendo’s portable device is not as powerful as PS4 or Xbox One, and certainly none of the above is close to a decent PC, but having a game such as this in your pocket, with the opportunity to play it on the bus, on a plane, or anywhere you can imagine is a dream come true.
In truth, if 10 years ago you said to someone that a game such as this will be playable as a portable version, you would have gotten a laugh for sure. CD Projekt Red certainly knows what it’s doing, as their game has conquered the world market and with their third installation and all its expansions they’ve hit the jackpot. The universal acclaim of the title lead to over 40 million copies of the game being sold as of 2019, and that’s before the Nintendo Switch version.
Sabre Interactive are responsible for porting the full Witcher 3 experience to Switch, including both DLC expansions as this unified Complete Edition. Every part of the game and every feature is accounted for, including all NPCs and all cutscenes. Like with MK11, the visuals do look noticeably different, a bit blurry and economically optimized. It’s the price of victory, no doubt. The Switch version doesn’t look as good as other platform versions, everyone agrees on that. But, it is still very impressive and currently one of the best looking games on Nintendo’s portable platform. There are very little sacrifices in terms of visual details, like the lively environment of the Northern Realm or Geralt’s armor, etc…
According to tests, the frame rates move between 20 to 25 FPS, depending on the different parts of the game. It tends to get a bit blurry when fast-paced action is on, but with no sacrifice to performance or otherwise. In these same highpoints of the game, the consoles and PC maintain 40 to 60 FPS. The handheld Switch mode is mostly recommended as all these differences talked about previously won’t even be noticeable on the smaller screen. The UI text is clear and easily readable, which is what Nintendo had problems with back when the device just came out in 2017.
Welcome to Nintendo, Geralt!
This is the first time the Witcher 3 game stepped on Nintendo virtual soil but already it raises the bar in countless games. Being an open-world RPG adventure, it brings hundreds of hours of gameplay, which is not typical for a portable device game. For this purpose, the toned-down visual style will also do good for the battery life, which will reportedly hold on as with other Nintendo titles.
One of this game’s most praised aspects are its NPC characters and the multitude of interaction opportunities with side quests. To put it in plain words, everywhere you look there is something to do or someone to talk to, and all of this is ported to Switch. The gameplay, skills, abilities, and all other features are accounted for.
The WItcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition Switch version deserves its place next to all other installments of the game. It expands its audience reach while providing a different take on the in-game action and experience with the playable on-the-go aspect. With the original experience presented faithfully, having only the visual reduction as the drawback, this port is worth the effort and CD Project Red made good on their promises.