The announcement of a KOTOR Switch port after Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake’s reveal is a reminder of Nintendo’s poor console power.
Among the many announcements and trailers at the September 2021 Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is being ported to Switch. Only weeks before, a complete remake of KOTOR was revealed for PlayStation 5 and PC. The original Knights of the Old Republic is still a fantastic game, if a bit dated, but the KOTOR Switch port’s untimely announcement exemplifies just how far Nintendo’s hardware is lagging behind the rest of the industry.
Knights of the Old Republic initially came out in 2003 on the original Xbox and PC. It and its sequel are still highly regarded, so the KOTOR remake’s announcement caused quite a bit of excitement. Today, the original is playable on many devices, including iOS and Android, but news of yet another port on the heels of the remake’s teaser unfortunately casts a less-than-flattering light on the Nintendo Switch. Many are greatly anticipating the remake, while the Switch is just now getting the original.
To be fair, the Switch isn’t necessarily in direct competition with the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S. The portability of Nintendo’s console is its most touted feature, and that convenience inevitably comes with some hardware drawbacks. Most Switch owners likely don’t expect the system’s offerings to have top-of-the-line graphics, but the late addition of the ageing KOTOR to its library is noticeable as the rest of the industry is concerning itself with ray tracing and frame rates of 60fps or higher. That said, the KOTOR Switch port will likely be welcomed by fans; this is mostly an issue of bad timing, following the hype of the remake’s announcement so closely.
A KOTOR Switch Port Is Actually Perfect For The Nintendo Console
As much as its untimely announcement in the Nintendo Direct highlights the state of the Switch’s hardware, KOTOR is a more than suitable addition to the console’s collection of games. Knights of the Old Republic has been critically lauded since its release and is perhaps the most beloved Star Wars game ever, alongside the original Battlefront 2. The BioWare-developed RPG has dozens of hours of content and an exceptional amount of replayability, telling a compelling and dynamic story within a unique era of the Star Wars universe.
Beyond those qualities, though, KOTOR’s gameplay also lends itself particularly well to the Switch’s strengths. The combat is somewhere between real-time and turn-based, allowing players to pause at any time in order to set up their next actions. This, combined with plenty of interactive conversations and minigames throughout, makes it easily digestible on a portable system. The game’s dated visuals likely won’t be so noticeable on any of the Switch models’ screens, and physical buttons and analog sticks will likely serve players better than the touch controls of the existing smart phone and tablet ports. The Nintendo Switch is clearly far behind the other notable hardware in the games industry, and the upcoming Knights of the Old Republic port exemplifies that, but at least it’s a worthy addition to the system’s library.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic will come to Nintendo Switch on November 11, 2021.
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