Telltale is bringing Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy to Nintendo’s console, following the release of Minecraft: Story Mode two weeks ago. But that’s not all—the developer will be bringing season two of Minecraft: Story Mode to the console, and creative communications head Job Stauffer recently commented on the possibility of a Black Mirror game. That Black Mirror news sent my brain into overdrive; the untapped potential of Telltale Games and Switch is something that needs to happen.
Switch and Telltale are a match made in heaven, as the console’s portability means that you can take those difficult decisions with you everywhere. Instead of having to set aside time every evening to play and mull over game-changing decision over the course of a day, you can play Telltale’s adventure games in a way they are meant to be played, which is in bytesize chunks. It’s the reason why the first season of The Walking Dead did so well on it’s original iPad release, as you could pick it up whenever.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Job Stauffer stated that “Switch is kind of perfect for us,” before continuing to state that Telltale are “looking at everything in our library and figuring out which titles we want to bring and when, but we love the platform.” This statement got me more than hot under the collar so here’s the Telltale games on Switch that we’re looking forward to the most.
Tales from the Borderlands
Tales from the Borderlands is responsible for what is known as one of the best shootouts of all time. I’m not even going to describe the scene, just watch it now.
Averaging 86 on Metacritic across all episodes, Telltale’s own take on Pandora and the hazardous job role of being a vault hunter brought both player and critical acclaim—especially after the series announcement was met with a level of tepidness online. Personally, Handsome Jack is one of the best computer game antagonists so to have him in my pocket would be incredible. If Telltale were to bring Tales from the Borderlands to Nintendo Switch, it would provide both the developer and Nintendo with enough information to measure the appetite for other adult games on the system. You know, like the award-winning The Walking Dead series.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead by Telltale has received 80 game of the year awards. That is not a number to be sniffed at. There’s no denying that Telltale’s Walking Dead is an absolute classic; the game revolutionised the art of adventure games so it’s an idea fit on the console that has done the same for what it means to be portable. Every TWD player has a moment that is personal to them, so now it’s time for a new era of gamers to experience theirs before getting their final dose of Clementine in 2018.
Wolf Among Us
Wolf Among Us is so revered amongst its following that the developers were constantly tweeted about a sequel. That level of support means that the original needs to find its place on Nintendo Switch.
Based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series (one of the best), Wolf Among Us is set twenty years before the events of the comics as The Adversary looms large over Fabletown. If you’ve not heard of Fables or Wolf Among Us before, don’t think the title means it’s a light read. In episode 1 of Wolf Among Us, you deal with some pretty heavy situations as Bigby Wolf, and those traditional Telltale decisions, come at you thick and fast. Wolf Among Us on Switch would allow me to play through one of my favourite Telltale games all over again.
Telltale have confirmed that they are bringing Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy to the Nintendo Switch which only helps fuel the fire that Telltale are becoming more involved with new properties by the year.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, but the Marvel partnership could prove to be even more fruitful in the upcoming years. This is a list for another article—but if Telltale were to make, say, a Black Panther game based in Wakanda, then I’d invest a significant amount of hype in it.