Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus released on Nintendo Switch

The game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has been released last Friday on Nintendo Switch handheld console, with a porting done by the Panic Button studio – which also ported Doom on this platform.

The game received very good critics, even on a console with far less performances than high-end PCs and latest HD consoles. The graphics are sometimes blurry and hard to distinguish, but the framerate is quite stable – except during some combat and cutscenes -, and the game good to be played on Switch, even if it’s far better on PC or consoles.

Its score on MetaCritic is 81% – it was 86% on PC, 87% on PS4 and 88% on XBox One. You can read reviews of the game at GameSpot, Nintendo Life, PocketGamer UK, Polygon and Destructoid.

Here is the in-depth technical analysis of the game by Digital Foundry:

And the video test of GameXPlain:

Launch trailer of Wolfenstein II on Nintendo Switch

Bethesda has posted the launch trailer of Wolfenstein II for the Nintendo Switch console. The game will be released on June 29:

Note that the game will require an extra download in order to be played, as it is not fully stored on the small Switch cartridges of only 32 Gb – as the game requires more than 40Gb of space.

First gameplay video of Wolfenstein II on Nintendo Switch

During the PAX East conference in Boston, USA, Bethesda and Panic Button studios showcased the Nintendo Switch version of Wolfenstein II, as shown in this video of GameXPlain:

The gameplay and the rendering look great, and the amazing work of Panic Button on Doom can give us some really high hopes about the quality of this version. They had to reduce the resolution and cap the game to 30 FPS, but it is still very impressive for this handheld console.

Note that the game will use the same Motion Aiming system than in Doom, using the gyroscope of the console, as confirmed by Bethesda:

Panic Button studio will port Wolfenstein 2 on Nintendo Switch

The studio that previously ported Doom on the new console from Nintendo, Panic Button, will be also in charge of the porting of Wolfenstein 2, as stated by Bethesda:

The studio is very happy of this expected announcement:

There is no release date yet for the game on that console.

New info about Wolfenstein II on Nintendo Switch

Jen Matthies, the creative director of the game in MachineGames, has answered to several interviews about the game, and given some info about its porting on the Nintendo Switch:

We just want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to play the game. So any platform that can run the game, we want to be on. And it seems intriguing to me to have it portable and all that stuff. But the experience itself, it doesn’t really matter what kind of platform you’re on, it’s still the same game.
I think a good reference point would be Doom. Because it’s the same engine. It will be whatever Doom is capable of, that is what Wolfenstein is capable of.

Some videos of Doom running on the portable console have already been posted, and the result seems very good: