During the gauntlet of game announcements, updates and teases for new titles at E3 2019, Nintendo was on the ball with plenty of reveals of their own. The Big N had plenty of news about their flagship franchises and of course, their Switch portable console. One announcement in particular was a little surprising though.
Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, two entries in the iconic survival horror franchise which aren’t often considered fan favorites, are getting a port to the Switch. It’s clear though that Nintendo is positioning itself as a serious player in the console wars heading into 2020. And though the Switch will never be able to compete with Xbox Scarlett or the PS5 in terms of graphical power, Nintendo is going for another strategy, trying hard to make the Switch the best console for those looking for retro experiences and to maintain their dominance of the handheld market.
Sony’s last attempts with the PS Vita are dead and gone at this point, and Microsoft will likely never enter the handheld gaming space with a direct competitor to the Switch and 3DS platforms. So this leaves Nintendo with some serious chances at dominating a growing market, especially in Asia and around the world where mobile gaming is a huge and profitable market.
As for Resident Evil, this is not the first RE game to make the leap onto the portable console. Nintendo and Capcom experimented with a system to actually stream Resident Evil 7 directly to Japanese owners of the console. It will be interesting to see what else Ninty does with this idea, and how they expand the roster of Switch titles in the future.
Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 will have a release window of Fall 2019 for the Switch. This might even allow gamers time to enjoy them for Halloween. Trick-or-Treating and zombie games sounds like a pretty good night for plenty of gamers and RE fans.