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."
Sweet dreams. pic.twitter.com/tZvCnjjzWb— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 28, 2018
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."
I feel like people forget about this all the time. Anything is possible when it comes to Blizzard. pic.twitter.com/hlXjPlwElo— Erik (Winter) Caswell (@LevawitzWolfcat) March 2, 2018
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.