It took a while, but Nintendo gamers finally got to sample the delights of the Dark Souls series when Dark Souls: Remastered launched on Switch back in October 2018. The original game released in 2011 and ushered in a new era of unforgiving titles that rewarded patience and skill with deep combat and intriguing, lore-filled kingdoms to explore. The series punishes carelessness, though, and (re)introduced a generation of gamers to that staple of video games that was becoming a rare sight: the Game Over screen.
We gamers are gluttons for punishment, though, as confirmed today by developer FromSoftware who announced via Twitter that the series has sold over 27 million copies to date, including both sequels to the seminal original:
The tweet also references Elden Ring, FromSoftware's upcoming project and collaboration with novelist George R. R. Martin, writer of A Song Of Ice And Fire, the series adapted into HBO's Game of Thrones.
Elden Ring hasn't been announced for Switch, and Nintendo gamers are still missing the second and third entries in the Dark Souls trilogy. Interestingly, over 10 million of these sales come from 2016's Dark Souls III. It's great to see that the series has done so well, and we'd jump at the chance to play more of the trilogy on Switch. Come on, FromSoftware - give us the chance to push that total up to 30 million, hmm?
While the first Dark Souls gets the most plaudits, we're still fans of the sequels (particularly the oft-maligned middle chapter). How about you? Let us know in the darkest realm of the comment section below...
Just bought this game yesterday. Never played a dark souls before, so I’m hoping it’ll be any good on the Switch.
It would be cool if from software built an exclusive from the ground up for the switch. I know it will probably never happen but a man can dream.
Finished dark souls for the first time just last week! Absolutely phenomenal game, and am definitely going to purchase bloodborne soon!
@PuppyToucher I'd love a game where they optimized it well for the Switch but i don't see why it should be exclusive?
I would buy them. I would think the other 2 would be on the way if sales were good enough on the first game. Perhaps they weren't good enough.
"Time for the trilogy on Switch, then?" What about patching the existing one first? -_-
I would love for Dark Souls 3, Bloodborne and sekiro
One of my favorite franchises ever. I own em all on PS4 but I wouldn't say no to portable versions of 2 & 3. Playing through the first one for the third time right now actually.
@RootsGenoa what needs patching for the first one?
Played them all on PS4 but would definitely buy them again if they came out on the Switch. Dsr on the switch was wonderful.
I doubt the switch has the power to run DS3 though. But we can dream.
@geheimxy @WanderingHunter a few reasons. The first one is because the switch is my favorite console and being able to take a game on the go but also play it on the tv when I want is ideal to me.
The reason I want it exclusive is because that increases the chances of it being an optimized experience on the switch. In order for something to become exclusive you typically have a monetary deal with the company or you publish the game yourself. So if Nintendo is investing resources into the game to have it be exclusive to the switch that also increases the likelihood that the game will be better optimized for the platform. This leads to the best end product for me on the platform of my choice.
Even if it would only be a timed exclusive deal, it still makes it that you really need to maximize the experience to the system in order to get all the sales during that exclusive period of time. Companies know that even timed exclusive games are usually thought of hand and hand with the console they first released on which is why Sony and Microsoft have at times paid for timed exclusive games or features.
I can understand why people don’t like games being exclusive but also I am talking about an unrealistic scenario that I openly admit to be me dreaming lol.
I got this game on the Switch. One of my favourite games, sunk 130 hours into it, great game and runs absolutely perfectly.
I would love to see more games from them on the Switch, but I doubt that would happen. 3 and Sekiro would be quite a huge task, akin to what CDPR done with The Witcher 3, Bloodborne is exclusive to the PS4 so that just won't happen.
2 is a bit of a messy game, it's not bad but it's by far the worst game in the series hands down. It would be the only one they could put on the Switch in a quick porting project.
I would still love to see it but I doubt they would bother, unless their gonna put in some real effort to get the whole trilogy on here, I don't see them bothering with just the second game.
Also did this game sell enough on the Switch to merit the trilogy.
If they cant get 2 or 3 working on switch, let's get a Kings Field 1 & 2 HD remaster. Eh? I cant be the only one who wants that.
@PuppyToucher lol that's a dream.
FromSoft have a much closer relationship with Sony.
They'll make them 5 exclusive games before they make us one.
May as well let that dream go, it'll never happened unless Nintendo pays them, even then I doubt it would happen because they wouldn't want to jeopardize their relationship with Sony.
These games are too hard for my soft hands, broke a controller on sekiro. I don’t want to be hurt and frustrated anymore x x
230 hours in DS1 on the switch. Would absolutely love getting 2 and 3 on switch too.
For me the 2 best game makers in the world are Nintendo and From Software
I love From and the games they make, but they don’t seem to optimize games on any system, even when they’re exclusive.
@dewokkel you gonna love it but be ready for some real challenge.
It's a great feeling when you play and manage to overcome the challenge that the game puts in front of you.
There is dual boss fight that is sooo hard that you think it's impossible to kill them but after you win the battle you have an amazing feeling.
The game is definitely one of the best of all times.
@Dragonslacker1 it should be noted that Sekiro is actually much harder than the other games with maybe 1 being the closest to difficulty.
@dewokkel Being able to confirm with A and cancel with B like in any game on a Nintendo system except this one and Battle Princess Madelyn afaik...
@RootsGenoa the first one doesn't need to be patched.
It works just fine. Got 130 hours, completed 1 play through and eventually I'll do NG±.
But yeah the game works perfectly. It had a couple of bugs on the first week of release but that got resolved quickly.
On a side note your comment is probably why the trilogy won't come to the Switch.
Most Nintendo fans haven't bothered with the game and much like yourself, thought it was broken and never bothered to look back into it.
So I doubt the game has sold well enough to merit any other games on the console.
@tourjeff thanks! Gonna start playing tonight 😃
@Razer I’m going to dream of a cel-shaded Switch souls game now. That would be cool for them to try a game in the style.
@NotTelevision oh yeah or not even a Dark Souls game but another similar game.
We just need Sony to go out of business and that dream may become a reality.
What about Demon Souls? Is this worthy enough to be ported to Switch?
@Tipehtfomottob too old and actually a bit of a rough game now, it's somewhat hard to play because the combat is quite clunky. I tried to go back to it after I did Sekiro last year on the PS4. I couldn't do it.
They would need to remaster that, which would be a good idea actually.
@dewokkel if you need a help on how to improve your skills you can watch this guy 'FightinCowboy' on YouTube.
He does the walk-through and tells and shows you the techniques.
It's very helpful sometimes.
Oh Lucky boy, what a journey awaits you.
Try to find someone to play with tho, multiplayer will help you a lot and that's a very important part of the game.
Be creative with your cursing and swearing
If you need any advice pm me.
Dark souls is my favourite game on my switch, I doubled dipped without hesitating. Would double dip the same for Demon Souls, Ds2 (which is the worst one) and DS3. I hope it will eventually come to the switch seriously ! I finished those over and over again on PS3 and PC. I think blood borne has no chance to get on the switch since it is a PS4 exclusivity.
There isn’t an icecube’s chance in hell that DS3 would run on Switch without some serious concessions. I actually sold my physical copy of DS1 switch to buy it on PS4 (for a lot less money, coincidentally). I now have all the bloodsouls games on PS4, and even DS1 looks a LOT better on PS4 than it did on Switch.
Got the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne, waiting on Sekiro to drop in price. DS Remastered is on Switch for obvious reasons.
Aside from controls, I am glad I got Dark Souls on Switch because of portability even if the Souls games somehow feel more natural to me with the Dualshock.
Some people have complained about the smoke effect between doors on the PS4 and prefer the Switch version because it resembles the original look on PS3. Can't imagine why; but eh, whatever.
If we're dreaming of things, like other Souls games on Switch, I'll dream of games I'd like in a Souls-like system with the setting I want. I for one would love a game set in the universe of Book of the New Sun with Souls-like gameplay. Few people I know have read it, but for those who have would know exactly why it's the perfect setting for a Souls-like game.
@PuppyToucher yes, This is exactly what I was going to post. Sod Dark Souls the engines a mess. Ground up From software game in collaboration with Nintendo (or Any other company interested) using an established engine that is better performant on Switch. From soft designs and gameplay, another companies expertise. Monolithsoft would be my first pick(world intrigue)with Platinum a close second (fluid action).
I wish that From Software would give Nintendo the Demon Souls/Bloodborne treatment and develop an exclusive. I think that From Software and Kid Icarus would be a great match.
@tourjeff Right On ! His walkthrough of the Scholar of the first Sin is amazing
@RootsGenoa aye it runs like fudge on my Switch too. With alot of players stating it runs fine is making me believe that not every Switch is equal under the hood. I get better performance in some games deemed to run "badly" than I do in one's even DF have analysed and shown to run "very well".
@BanjoPickles I like that idea, would be a very interesting take. When you properly think about it, it is a very logical match.
@Razer You felt that the original Dark Souls is the most difficult? Personally, I think it's the easiest of the 3, and the second easiest if I also count Demon's Souls and Bloodborne (Demon's Souls being the easiest). Funny how diffculty is perceived so differently between individuals.
Considering how poorly the remaster ran on switch I dont see the point in Playing the newer version on the console
@Razer and @FargusPelagius
I didn't mention bugs, performance or anything. I'm just annoyed with a small UI problem that could be fixed very easily, and should be fixed if the developer and publisher care about players.
I bought this without hesitation since I never played it or the sequels when they originally released(prison). I wanted to support the effort they put into porting the game to the Switch and it ran fine when I played it. To be honest sometime has passed since I last played it due to me getting lost and not knowing what to do lol. I will pick it up again soon and really invest more time to the game. It'd be nice if they do bring the other 2 to the Switch and if they don't well at least we got one.
@Razer BB is Sony exclusive because Sony paid in some form, not because they were friends. No business on their level would do something like that. A 3rd party studio being hired to do an exclusive in another console isn't going to sour their relationship with Sony either. See SquareEnix and GameFreak (with Nintendo) as examples.
Said that, Nintendo plays too safe for this to happen. They're WAY more likely to fund a few not-expensive but promising IPs like Bayonetta, then pay as much as they would pay for an exclusive in an several-million seller franchise (they would have to at minimum cover the estimated sales lost from not going multiplat).
Absolutely. The difficulty, the opportunity to delve deeper into the mythology. Kid Icarus on 3DS was a fun game completely hampered by one of the most awkward control schemes I’ve ever seen. I could see the series being revived as Nintendo’s answer to Bloodborne. Obviously, it wouldn’t be that dark.
@RootsGenoa fair enough, a minor fix then. I simply can't get into the game because the frame rate takes a nose dive when anything actually happens on screen.
@Collette Same here. I've been loving the franchise since the Demon's Souls days and portable versions add a lot of replay value for me.
@BanjoPickles on release Kid Icarus Uprising was a breath of fresh air (and improved upon the demo I had played in Manchester). The multiplayer too was fantastic.
Playing it now tho, years later, relearning the control scheme for the ground sections is a little tedious. sky sections still rock tho.
A Souls like would be able to nail the ground sections, so they are both exhilarating.
I respect that it is a highly successful franchise but I just do not find it at all a fun or enjoyable experience. Even ignoring a particularly rude fan-base in my experience, the high difficulty is not enjoyable, it's tedious and boring and feels like a punishment, not a challenge. The lack of a conventional story and delivering what story there is through bits and pieces of lore here and there is also just not appealing to me.
There are people who like the very aspects of this game that I actively dislike, and that's perfectly fine. It's just not a series for me.
So cool to see this! I’m currently playing Dark Souls 3 for the first time (after being completely swallowed/engulfed by the first on Switch.)
I am so wishing I could be playing the 3rd on Switch, and for sure would get the second on Switch if it ever came to be. I’d even double dip on the third if it came.
The series is just so dang good and I absolutely love the lore and the theories behind potential returning characters in the third from the first.
Before you ask, yes, I did beat the first and let out a huge exhale as I dealt the final blow. And I’m assumingly very close to beating the third now too. I’ll get around to the second one when I beat the third.
I’ll even end with this: I wa playing Animal Crossing every day since release until right about before May Day events started, my wife surprised me with Dark Souls 3 and I’ve since yet to go back to animal crossing. DS3 was the only thing that could tear me from Animal Crossing.
And here I am still waiting for that audio patch on Switch. The compression on better headphones is just atrocious. Come on FS.
@tourjeff I know the boss battle you’re talking about. It’s brutal but I know, that feeling afterwards. For everyone else who’s newer to the game(s), please also know, you can summon helpers before most fights to help you.
The key to this game is to not get greedy with your attacking. Seriously sometimes you have to hit once and back the hell up. You can’t spam the attack button like you can in most other games. AND DONT FORGET TO DUCK DODGE DIVE DIP AND.... DODGE. Some bosses are weak to certain things too so exploit weaknesses. And also don’t forget to parry/reposte. Seriously you won’t be able to beat some enemies without it. It’s all timing, patience, and skill.
@Collette Like I said- concessions. Plus it would run at least $60 for it. I bought DS3 for $9 on ps4, as well as DS2, bloodborne, and ds1. $40 for all of them. Not counting DLC, which I also picked up on sale. I'm getting tired of the switch tax.
I would definitely buy Dark Souls 2 and 3 on switch. Bring it on. Finished part 1 a couple months back---the game is one of the most interesting games in the last decade.
@roy130390 I think for me it was the most difficult at the time because it was the first game I had played in the series.
I knew kind of what to expect after that. I went into Dark Souls 1 without realising just how much it would kick my ass.
With the other games, I had an idea what to expect so I went in with the expectation to get my ass kicked.
That to me I felt dulled the difficulty of the later games in the series until Sekiro, that took all I had learned and shoved it down my throat with a samurai sword.
@RennanNT Sony also own the rights for Demon Souls, or at least publishing rights.
I actually think the relationship between Sony and FromSoft are somewhat closer than you're making out. Sony have repeatedly mentioned that they would like to continue doing work with FromSoft like they did with Bloodborne.
@BanjoPickles interesting that you mention Kid Icarus. That might be a remaster I would consider getting. I just wish Nintendo would give some incentive to rebuy. At least a $10, even $20 worth of DLC. Better? Why not release a new KI and have the original included?
I'm on my 4th playthrough of DS on Switch. I just can't get enough of it. If 2 and/or 3 comes to Switch, I'll buy them in a heartbeat.
I just want FromSoftware to remake Lost Kingdoms. Seems that series has been entirely forgotten by then...
DS1 is awesome, Switch version runs fine. I really hope 2&3 make it over eventually.
@Razer I'm not saying they don't have a close relationship. I'm saying FromSoft won't do an exclusive game for Sony just because of it. Specially when Sony is the richest one in the relationship.
Companies don't think like console warriors either. Sony will not be pissed off with a 3rd party studio for accepting a good business proposal from Nintendo.
Having a great relationship certainly has its perk, mind you, like being easier to bring up the topic and negotiate, or give priority on similar proposals. But business of their size don't survive acting selfless.
@RennanNT I didn't say they would make games for Sony just for the fun of it.
But they certainly would make games exclusively for Sony over Nintendo if both offered the same amount of money to do so and you know it. Not like they'd have resources to allocate for both projects, they would look at the most lucrative one for them.
Sony and Nintendo wouldn't be on an even footing if both tried to get FromSoft to make a game for them. That attention would go to Sony without a doubt, in fact I would go so far as to say that Sony could offer LESS money than Nintendo and FromSoft would still go with Sony.
Console warriors also seem to be oblivious to how business relationships work it seems. FromSofts games shift PS4s in Japan and they sell well on Sony hardware, something that 3rd parties can't really do on Nintendo hardware (not as well as they do on other hardware). People buy Nintendo hardware for the Nintendo software mainly.
Now you may not realise this but Nintendo and Sony are very much in the business of competing against each other especially in Japan. Sony are fighting tooth and nail to stay relevant in their home turf.
I doubt Sony would be okay with any exclusive deal Nintendo and FromSoft (would never) sign. Considering how vital FromSoft is to keeping Sony relevant in Japan.
They wouldn't voice any dissatisfaction in public to save face obviously, but you'd have to be a fool to not realise they wouldn't be happy if such a thing did happen.
At least give me Dark Souls 2. The game, I assume, uses the same engine as the first which is already running on the Switch. I know this game is not the most beloved in the series but I actually prefer it to Dark Souls 3.
@FredsBodyDouble DS2’s story was so much more personal. The tragic failings of the king, the twisted creature that was once his brother, Lucatiel’s futile fight against the curse, the time travel... there is actual story to be dug up, which you are a part of. DS1 and 3 are much more just... hey stuff happened a long time ago, now kill all these powerful things. No don’t think about it just go. I love me some DS2. The biggest problem for me is that all of the different locales don’t feel as though they could actually fit together. The tunnel leading to the Tower of flame, for example, is much shorter than the actual distance if you’re looking at it from Majula. The castle sinking in lava is somehow UP from the windmill made out of a tree? And you get really high up in the iron castle and its just LAVA EVERYWHERE AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEEEEEEE... I just... ugh. Still bugs me how they couldn’t figure out how to thatch these places together more believably.
@aznable didn't the opening cutscene mention something like "time and space are not what they seem" ... It's been a while but I thought I remembered reading that was how they explained the illogical level design.
@PhilKenSebben Yes! And Shadow Tower!
@dewokkel its pretty solid on switch and thats coming from somone usually playing on pc 60fps too. Sound is a bit down sampled to hell tho to cut storage size.
@FredsBodyDouble They didn't mention anything about time, but time being jumbled up (a ruined city being reflected as new in the water) and traveling via unconventional means (like jumping into a giant, bottomless whirlpool) certainly are implied heavily. The moments involving time travel in DS2 requires the ashen mist heart, and whenever there is time travel, there is a visual- walking mistily into stuff- moment. Even the fog gates could be interpreted as sections in different moments in time. I dunno. All that said... I really liked the story and characters of the second game, more than the other two. It made the futility of the cycle all the more heartbreaking.
@aznable I also liked the varied environments. The "levels" made little sense in how they connected, but taken individually, they were awesome and memorable. The castle in the lava, the sky area with dragons, etc. Not being so connected like in the first game allowed more varied environments. Furthermore, as you said, the story was strong and the DLC was great. Definitely underrated and for me, right up there with the 1st game at the top of the series (Demons Souls was also great but consider Dark Souls the true start of the series).
@FredsBodyDouble I count demon souls as the start- SPOILER WARNING (tho to be fair if you haven't played it yet, c'mon get with it people)
The first day, man was blessed with a soul. The second day, a demon descended upon the earth (lovecraftian vibes like a great one) to feed on souls.
You kill the great one, and the world gets covered in fog that erases people's minds.
In the beginning, the world was shrouded in fog. A land of grey crags, arch trees, and everlasting dragons...
The first fire was the remains of the great one who had consumed an eternity of souls. The souls of lords were the most powerful of those.
The great ones come back into play in bloodborne, (un)officially the continuation of the dark souls universe.
@PuppyToucher Sounds stupid. I think FromSoftware could rather make multiplatform games, like what they are doing now.
DS3 would be great for Switch, but it has been almost 2 years since DSR released, so I guess it just isn't in their plans.
@FredsBodyDouble DS2 uses a different engine IIRC, but don't quote me on that. That's why its development was a little troubled.
You know something? I've been interested in Dark Souls 3. I tried Dark Souls 2 Scholars of the Original Sin but Dark Souls 3 is what I'm more interested in.
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