A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Star Wars franchise became a juggernaut and a source of endless entertainment. Although strictly a film series at first, Star Wars has since expanded into the realm of television, books and even video games. For the past several decades, numerous Star Wars video games have been released across a variety of platforms, resulting in a plethora of options for nearly any interest.
Modern gamers have the benefit of Star Wars games being remastered or ported to current platforms to make them even more accessible than ever. The Nintendo Switch has received a good number of these ports as well, including Star Wars Episode 1: Racer and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. That being said, there are still a good number of releases that have yet to make their way to Nintendo’s hybrid console. While the Switch arguably can’t handle more technically demanding games like Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, there are others that would still be great to have on the go.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Although EA has rebooted the Star Wars: Battlefront series in recent years, there are still legions of players who prefer the original versions released during the PS2/Xbox era. The multiplayer modes, both online and split-screen, made for hours of action packed gameplay, allowing players to create their own intense intergalactic battles. The novelty of being able to hand a friend a Joy-Con and instantly engage in a deathmatch would be hugely compelling.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
During the launch of the Nintendo 64 and the jump into the 3D era of gaming, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was one of the front-runners and immediately impressed with the technology on display. While these graphics have certainly shown their age and the controls are clunky by today’s standards, these are elements that can easily be polished up with a remaster. The story is greatly intriguing, showing off a darker side to the Star Wars universe. The adventure additionally isn’t that long, making it perfect for quick rounds of gaming on the go.
Super Star Wars Trilogy
Moving further back in time from the N64 to the SNES, the Super Star Wars trilogy chronicled the events of the original films in glorious 16-bit fashion. Nearly every major set piece was beautifully recreated in stunning pixel form, from the assault on the Death Star to Luke’s final confrontation with Darth Vader. This trilogy of games is also notable for being pretty challenging, but being able to easily pick up and play on the Switch would allow gamers to chip away at it in increments. Whether by a remastered bundle or releasing each title on Nintendo Switch Online, these games would be right at home on the console.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
The Nintendo Switch likely can’t handle the graphics on display in Star Wars: Squadrons, but the next best thing would be to port the classic Star Wars: Rogue Squadron games instead. While the N64 original is still great arcade-like fun, the GameCube sequels ramp up the action to a whole new level. Dizzying dogfights and a sensational amount of on-screen carnage was mind-blowing at the time and still looks impressive to this day. Next to lightsaber battles, space battles may be the most popular element of Star Wars, something which Switch owners would likely love to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
Bounty hunters have had a surge of popularity in the Star Wars universe as of late with the massive success of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. In 2002, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter was released alongside the latest film and followed Jango Fett in his adventures within the underworld of the Star Wars universe. Fast-paced gunplay, expansive levels to explore, and a gripping storyline made for an altogether enjoyable video game. The game has already been ported to PS4, so simply bringing that version over to the Nintendo Switch shouldn’t be much of a stretch.