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5 Reasons to Play "The Witcher 3" on the Nintendo Switch in 2020

Anrie likes is an avid sci-fi, and fantasy, and video game fan.

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The Witcher video games have been around since 2007. That means we’ve had 13 years to explore this iconic character and world in virtual reality. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was first released in 2015, yet here I am arguing that you should still play the game. You might be wondering why.

Undoubtedly the games are classics, and Wild Hunt is a masterpiece of the last decade in the gaming industry. Above all, it’s tonnes of fun. But if you need more convincing or justification, here are five reasons you should play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on your Nintendo Switch.

1. More Options for Play

To say I’m a fan of the Switch is probably a bit of an understatement. I’ve pretty much been inseparable from mine since my husband bought me one in 2018. Every car trip is an excuse to stuff it into my bag.

So I was beyond psyched when I heard that Witcher 3 was coming to the Switch. This opened up thousands of new ways to play one of my favourite games.

The Nintendo Switch console is all about fun. Sometimes the OS for both the PS4 and Xbox One can feel a bit overloaded. Face it, most of us don’t want to access all the extra features all the time. They can be quite distracting and frustrating, but with the Switch, you just login and everything is streamlined.

But the best feature of the Switch must be its portability. Now you can play The Witcher 3 on the train, during your breaks, or on a plane. This will definitely help you finish the game at last.

And if you want to have the big-screen experience, you simply have to pop it into its television dock.

The map of Velen showing some of the extra objectives.

The map of Velen showing some of the extra objectives.

2. Hours of Content

The Witcher 3 is well-known for its boatloads of RPG content. Quests, side-quests, guarded treasures, hidden treasures, crafting, exploration, cutscenes, and some naughty stuff.

We can sit here for ages while I list them. Even a speedrun of the game with insider info took testers 25 hours, and this meant only playing the main quests and skipping through all the extras like dialogue. And this was not counting the amazing expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.

Don’t forget that your actions in the game can have significant consequences that can snowball throughout the game. So even if you’ve done every side-quest, main quest, and so on, you still haven’t seen it all.

The game is a completionist's worst nightmare unless you want to embark on dozens of playthroughs to try every option.

But this means there’s always more to find and explore. Each playthrough means that you get the chance to create a new story for all your favorite characters like Triss, Geralt, and Ciri.

If you haven’t played it before or haven’t in a while, why not give it a try? The clifftop roads of Skellige are calling.

3. Stunning Graphics

The Witcher 3 graphics can still be hailed as some of the best in the industry. These games went through a serious makeover from the old-school graphics of the first game.

Yet they managed to do this while honouring the aesthetic and spirit of the originals.

As you might expect, the team had to downgrade the visuals to get the game to run smoothly on the Switch. But don’t worry, it's still impressive.

The team at CD Projekt managed to make each zone feel and look like a whole new ecosystem—from weather conditions to new plants and monsters. Each area came alive.

4. Netflix Series

If you don't know The Witcher Netflix series is out, you are either living under a rock or have been on a year-long technology fast. The show launched on 20 December 2019 with eight episodes. And the second season is already in production.

The series mainly covers content from the thrilling books by Andrzej Sapkowski. Many of these storylines and plot lines are only alluded to in the games. So if you haven’t read the novels yet, the series can make much of Wild Hunt’s content clearer and more engrossing.

It’s a binge-worthy shortcut to getting a deeper understanding of the lore.

5. Updated Features

Now is the perfect time to start playing The Witcher 3 on Switch. A tweet on 18 February by the official Witcher game account confirmed that some big changes are coming to the Nintendo version of the game. This includes some standard changes like bug fixes.

However, it also included touch controls for the game. Best of all, it added save file integration with GOG, and Steam which means you can share progress across platforms. So you don’t even have to start over if you don’t want to.

Because It's The Witcher . . .

Not convinced? Aside from those mentioned above, a solid reason to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the Switch is because it’s The Witcher. The world is gritty and dark, with loads of character. Yet it gets you laughing again and again too.

And each play sessions comes with a bit of philosophy to get you thinking like this famous line:

"Evil Is Evil. Lesser, Greater, Middling, Makes No Difference. The Degree Is Arbitrary, The Definitions Blurred. If I'm To Choose Between One Evil And Another, I'd Rather Not Choose At All."

— Andrzej Sapkowski, The Last Wish

© 2020 Anrie James