In this series of end-of-year features, we're summing up some of 2019's biggest talking points.
The power gap between the Switch and its home console rivals is notable, yet Nintendo's system has played host to some amazing conversions since 2017, such as Skyrim, DOOM, L.A. Noire, Wolfenstein II, Overwatch and Rocket League. Even so, the rumours that Witcher 3 might be coming to Switch caused even the most optimistic Nintendo players to scoff; such a sprawling RPG epic surely couldn't be ported to Switch?
As we now know, it was possible – thanks to the considerable talent of Saber Interactive – and not only that, the console is capable of running a port which retains the core look and feel of the title, even if it's not quite as clear and smooth as its PS4 and Xbox One siblings.
Witcher 3's timely arrival definitely gave Switch fans a confidence boost in 2019. Sure, it might not be the perfect way to experience the game, but the fact that you can carry such a massive adventure around with you is quite stunning – making this conversion a real highlight of 2019's gaming calendar. But what's next? Could we see Grand Theft Auto V come to Switch? Red Dead Redemption 2? Or perhaps something more recent?
We've already been promised Overwatch 2 and DOOM Eternal, so it's clear that developers are very much keeping Switch in mind, even for upcoming titles. How long this will continue is anyone's guess; with PS5 and the next Xbox launching in 2020, the power gap is only going to increase, which will make cross-platform ports even more demanding. However, so long as there remains a sizeable audience on Switch, we'd imagine that developers and publishers will continue to find ways of making games work on Nintendo's console.