Yesterday, we learned that Blizzard was bringing Diablo III to the Nintendo Switch after Forbes seemingly broke an embargo to accidentally reveal the news ahead of time. That article has since been deleted, but the internet is forever and word of the upcoming Diablo III Switch release date quickly spread online. Update: Nintendo later followed up with a trailer teasing the port.
The Diablo III port is big news for a few different reasons. Not only because Blizzard add new features to the classic dungeon crawler for its Nintendo Switch release, but because the leak could portend even more ports in the future. This is the first time Blizzard is bringing a game to Nintendo hardware in 15 years. So the question remains: What’s next?
Here are five classic Blizzard games that deserve a chance to shine on the Nintendo Switch, along with some key details about the Diablo III port you might have missed.
Diablo III for Switch: Release date, Zelda extras, and more
According to that now-deleted article, Diablo III is set to hit the Switch sometime this year. We still don’t have a set release date, but according to Nintendo’s official trailer, it’s coming something in Fall 2018.
The game will reportedly cost $60 and come with two expansions, Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer, bundled in. The port will also offer a few different playstyle options, including support for 4-player local co-op and the ability to link multiple Switch consoles together in person. Of course, you’ll also be able to play online once Nintendo’s new online gaming service launches.
The biggest news, however, may be the addition of some Zelda-themed extras. That includes a cosmetic armor that lets you play as Ganondorf, a Cucco pet, and more. Just don’t be surprised if the only way to unlock those features is by buying new Nintendo amiibo.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s get into the fun stuff: wild speculation about other games Blizzard should port to the Switch next!
This one’s a little obvious. Blizzard’s online hero shooter is a massive hit, and it’s colorful, cartoony design (it’s like if Pixar made a first-person-shooter game) is a perfect fit for Nintendo. The fact that Overwatch is online-only isn’t a great match with the Switch’s on-the-go design, but if Paladins can do it why not Overwatch too.
4. World of Warcraft
Another iconic, always-online Blizzard game, World of Warcraft has been around since but it’s still going strong. With the recent release of a huge new expansion, it’s the perfect time to bring WoW to a new generation of Switch gamers.
3. Starcraft Remastered
Last year, Blizzard released a polished version of its original real-time-strategy sci-fi epic, Starcraft. So why not bring the same experience to the Nintendo Switch. The same local multiplayer options that are coming to Diablo 3 could work just as well in Starcraft, right?
Here’s where things get a little weird as we look back at some of Blizzard’s earliest releases that could get a second life on the Nintendo Switch. Rock ‘n Roll Racing launched before the company was even called Blizzard, and it featured fast-paced multiplayer racing with exciting jumps, car-based combat, and the ability to upgrade your vehicle over time. Best of all, the game’s soundtrack was full of 8-bit covers of classic rock songs.
This sci-fi shooter/platformer earned the Game of the Month from Electronic Gaming Monthly when it launched back in 1994. Blackthorne features maze-like levels, exciting combat, and old-school graphics that kind of hold up. Give it a polish and it could be a huge hit on the Nintendo Switch, right?
Diablo III for Nintendo Switch launches Fall 2018.