Diablo 3 Isn't Coming to Nintendo Switch, and Maybe We Should Calm Down a Bit

Diablo 3 Isn't Coming to Nintendo Switch, and Maybe We Should Calm Down a Bit

Don't get too excited over every potential scrap of news, Nintendo fans. Your heart will appreciate it.

The Nintendo Switch is a year old, and it's had one heck of a year. Switch fever is still burning up the industry and fans banging their fists on the table, demanding everything gets ported to Nintendo's hybrid system. The enthusiasm is mostly fun and games with a touch of self-parody, but it also has people jumping at every tiny suggestion about potential Switch ports.

On February 28. Blizzard Tweeted a short video of someone switching a night light molded in the shape of the titular Diablo's bestial face. The video is accompanied by the words "Sweet dreams." I'll be honest: I'm a member of Club Port Everything to Switch, but when I saw this video, the only thing that crossed my mind is "What a cool night light. Some twisted parent could use it to scare the crap out of their unfortunate kid."

Apparently, I was alone in my thinking, because the rest of the Internet crawled up the walls and bayed about how the Tweet is clearly a hint Diablo III (or some other Diablo port) is coming to the Nintendo Switch. At the time of this writing, the Tweet garnered 374 replies, 1.1k Retweets, and 4.1k Likes.

Blizzard is understandably a bit taken aback, and says it never meant for the Tweet to be received as a hint of things to come for the Nintendo Switch. "We can assure you we're not that clever," a spokesperson for Blizzard told Polygon via email. "[It was] meant to be a fun community engagement piece. We have nothing to announce."

There's no technical reason Diablo III can't shine on the Nintendo Switch; it's a last-gen game that received solid ports to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions came out in 2014). And while some people believe Blizzard is being coy about its potential Switch projects, Blizzard's properties just don't wind up on Nintendo systems very often. Emphasis on "often."

It can happen. Stranger things have occurred in the back alleys of Tristram. But maybe Switch enthusiasts should calm down just at touch; we're literally leaping at lights in the dark. The year's still young, and we've already had one mass heart-attack since it started. Let's sit in a circle and just breathe. Sometimes a cigar is a cigar, and sometimes a night light is a night light.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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