Whether you are a Vita owner or not, the Nintendo Switch would be the perfect home for several PlayStation Vita titles, giving them a second chance at life if Sony is willing to publish them for the well-received handheld console.
We all know it’s coming, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores are closing. With it, we’re about to lose access to well over 183 digital-only titles, making it nearly impossible to ever access them again, which would be a damn shame. Some of them, titles ranging from Soul Sacrifice Delta to LocoRoco: Midnight Channel and Tokyo Jungle.
While many of these games are niche titles, they do have a follwoing, each title still has various uers still logging in, playing the games, and continuing on enjoying their games while they can. Each of the titles are strong suitors and have been exemplary titles as to what the PlayStation Vita was capable of at its peak.
Unfortunately, we’re about to lose access to them, but we’re also about to see some games that are still widely played, lose their communities altogether when they cease to become titles one can purchase. Sony doesn’t see this as a major loss, which the fans do, and even some developers do.
However, there is a new opportunity just over the horizon if Sony were to make the jump: Let the games be published on the Nintendo Switch or the developers take the time to remaster their games for Nintendo’s handheld-console hybrid. These games could actually benefit from the Nintendo Switch’s success, but you might be wondering, why is that the case? The market. That’s it. There’s a largely untapped market for those titles.
So what games are those? Let’s take a look at those seven titles and see just how they would fit on the Nintendo Switch. Here’s what they are and how wishful our thinking actually is.
Soul Sacrifice Delta | Japan Studio, Marvelous AQL
When Soul Sacrifice Delta launched, many fans of the franchise had begun to wonder what the title would have to offer. It combined everything we loved about Monster Hunter and fairy tales of yesteryear into a single entity, delivering an experience, unlike anything we had before. It became a grand hunt title, one that would allow fans to hunt down enemies such as Alice and the Seven Dwarves, Jack-o-Lantern, Cerberus, Snow White, and even the Tortoise and the Hare.
With the success of Monster Hunter: Rise, there’s no doubt Nintendo fans have a love for in-depth stories, teamwork-based titles, and extravigant settings. That’s where Soul Sacrifice Delta sets in as a grand hunt title, but, remember, it doesn’t work out just like Monster Hunter: Rise. Instead, you unlock new spells and abilities through your expeditions, killing off select enemies and absorbing their souls as you can.
Your stats are based on your choices, your equipment, and what you choose to do, surprisingly enough. The PlayStation Vita version would work out just like the Nintendo Switch version if both Sony and Marvelous AQL decided to team up and make a rather strong title, rereleasing it just how it is, but optimized for the Nintendo Switch hardware.
Tokyo Jungle | Crispy’s, Studio Japan
If you haven’t had a chance to play it, Tokyo Jungle is a real treat despite its jump to both PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, this is one of those all-digital titles that will disappear when it happens. In Tokyo Jungle you take on the role of various creatures, using animals such as Pomeranian’s, Sika deer, Beagles, Tosa Inu, and Spotted Hyena’s.
In the story mode, players get the chance to explore a post-human world, one where they uncover the truth about humanity’s disappearance. Because of this approach, players will take on various packs of animals as well while trying to maintain their own, surviving the best they can, and hoping to keep themselves alive. There is also, of course, local multiplayer for survival mode where players must survive as their given group, winning by taking out as many larger animals as they can.
But now, you are wondering, what justifies this game deserving another chance on a new platform? It was unique, fun, and actually, quite challenging. The only thing it would need? Well, a port, that’s about it. It controls, looks, and plays rather well.
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen | Acquire and Bandai Namco
If you are a fan of stealth action titles, ones where you play as a Ninja (we really miss you Tenchu), you might recall one of the PlayStation Vita’s launch titles, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen. The title itself hinged on using various elements of the PlayStation Vita including the use of the PlayStation Vita’s touchpads on the back. Thankfully, while the game will seem rather familiar to Tenchu fans, there’s still a learning curve, which honestly – makes it a great candidate for the Nintendo Switch.
The downside? This is one of those franchises that seems to have fallen into obscurity and not many talks about anymore. It was a rather niche franchise that only fans knew about and enjoyed. The Switch could very well be the home for this very title that gives it another chance at life.
Freedom Wars | Studio Japan, Shift, Dimps
While Freedom Wars does come off with many JRPG mechanics, there’s a lot to be said about the grand hunt style elements of the game where players will take on gigantic cybernetic and robotic creatures. Due to how unique they are, players will find themselves doing more than just shooting at the enemy. Rather, players will have to break them, using the damage their teammates do to their advantage.
The online elements themselves were also strong, allowing players to either compete against one another or even go on a mission against one another. The only drawback? It could be hard to matchmake and it’s actually a worthwhile experience whether you go online or team up with a few pals locally. If worse comes to worst, Freedom Wars 2 would be right at home on a Switch.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines | Alfa System
When it comes to JRPG’s that really put you in a bit of a bind, there’s Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines a game that puts a player’s skills to the test on whether or not they can continue their bloodline, working through every challenge put before them. Because of this challenge, players will need to ensure what traits carry on through the children, allowing them to build a lineage that will succeed in every mission they undertake.
Why might this be a great title for the Nintendo Switch if Sony were decide to publish their Vita games on the Nintendo platform? Well, JRPGs are synonymous with the Nintendo brand, just as they are with the PlayStation brand. The downside is that we know that getting a game such as this on Nintendo Switch is gonna be tough, if it even happens.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified | nStigate Games
Now, you might be wondering how Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified fits into this grouping. The reason it does isn’t actually a simple reason either. It’s a multi-faceted one that stems from the very fact that this title is rather relevant with how well-received the series is and the latest release. You see, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified wasn’t some janky handheld title.
Rather, it was competent with a full-fledged online and campaign that were both enjoyable and authentic; allowing for a full-blown Call of Duty experience on Sony’s handheld device. The only downside to the title was that it didn’t get the best of receptions due to how limited-run the game actually is. To be quite honest, it’s not a heavily popular title and that’s mostly due to the fact it was on a handheld device that was extremely limited in its fandom.
However, with the popularity of the Nintendo Switch, it would be hard to not imagine the game garnering the attention it needs on Nintendo’s handheld and, well, this one wouldn’t need Sony’s approval to be re-released or remastered even.
Phantasy Star Nova | tri-ACE
If you’re a fan of the series, then you know where this is going, for those who aren’t as familiar with the series, you’re in for a bit of a ride. There’s a lot going here as Phantasy Star isn’t a minor series. Phantasy Star is actually quite big, having originally premiered on the SEGA Genesis back in the day and continued on.
While it has shifted a lot in gameplay and solidified how it plays through Phantasy Star Online, the series has remained strong, and this latest one – well – it was an attempt to reboot the series on the Vita. To be honest, it was a strong title, delivering everything we loved about Phantasy Star Universe.
The game shipped across with solid gameplay elements, performance, and honestly, a dang good story that a lot of players could enjoy, which honestly, makes the Nintendo Switch the best platform for the currently Vita exclusive title.
About the Writer(s):
Dustin is our native video game reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook today.