How does one introduce a game that needs little introduction? When it comes to The Witcher 3, a game many consider a modern classic, it is pretty impossible as most of our audience and beyond have heard about CD Projekt Red’s genre-dominating epic.
But one thing The Witcher 3 calls to our attention in its most recent incarnation – landing on the Nintendo Switch – is just how far video games have come in the past decade.
Ask anyone in 2009 if they think there would be a game on the caliber of The Witcher 3 on an ostensibly portable system and you would have gotten an overwhelming statistical sampling in the “No” column.
Yet that’s what we have, albeit with some technical issues that hold it back from being the “full” The Witcher 3 experience graphically. Is that enough to buoy The Witcher 3 to legendary status on Nintendo’s console? You better believe it is – and it might even be reason enough for you to add it to your Switch library.
It’s tough to find new things to talk about when it comes to The Witcher 3 because much of this field was explored back when the game initially dropped.
What you get with the Switch port is all of the DLC and content released but the added benefit of suddenly transitioning to a portable mode. The core game (in case you’re unfamiliar with it) follows a generally mature fantasy vibe and mechanically it is an action RPG through and through.
Because it is a CD Projekt Red game, all of this works incredibly well together. In many ways, The Witcher 3 is genre-defining. Finding things to dislike about the game is more a task of nitpicking and cynicism than it is a true exploration of the game. It is a masterpiece and there is little doubt about that.
Like many ports to the Switch, The Witcher 3 suffers from the “been there, done that” syndrome. This causes many gamers to wonder whether or not the portable mode truly makes this title worth it in its purest sense. We’re talking time and money.
Let’s take those two separately. If you haven’t played the game before and you own a Switch, this isn’t really a question. You should buy the game if you enjoy RPGs or just quality titles in general.
Now for the second question: Should you get the game again if you’ve already played it?
That depends on how much you enjoyed it and whether or not having a portable version matters to you. If you have never played the game before and you own a Switch as well as put a premium on portability, this game is right under Mario Kart in terms of sheer fun and compelling gameplay. The Witcher 3’s preview of the Switch and its promised future is enough to get us excited about the system again and that’s a pretty impressive feat for an older game at this point.
So that’s our uncontroversial, not-at-all-surprising verdict on The Witcher 3 for Nintendo Switch. It’s amazingly good and you should buy it but, looking ahead, wow, the future of portable gaming is absolutely bonkers.
Kehl Bayern is our staff video game news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, he is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.